Microsoft: All Xbox One controllers will work on Windows... eventually

In August, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One controller will work on Windows PC games but that won't happen until sometime in 2014, due to the need to create a special set of drivers. This week, the company's director of product management Albert Penello re-confirmed that commitment in response to a rumor that Microsoft was planning on not allowing current Xbox One controllers to work on PCs in favor of a Windows-specific gamepad.

In a post on NeoGAF, Penello stated those rumors were "100% wrong." He said that when Microsoft releases the Windows drivers for the Xbox One controller, they will indeed work with the ones that are currently out on the market. He added:

There is no plan to do a new, separate controller that only works on Windows. It will be the same as it is on Xbox 360 - the Xbox One controller you have today will work. That's not to say that we may not ship also PC SKU of the Xbox One controller, much like we do on Xbox 360.

In another NeoGAF message, Penello said while the controller will work with Windows "as-is" in wired mode, the development team is still working on how the gamepad could work on a PC in wireless mode. 

As far as when the Windows drivers for the controller will be released, Penello did not have an update on that topic, saying only that it will occur "this year". He did state, "When the update comes out and we have more details, I can explain the holdup."

A few days ago, a third party developer, Lucas Assis, released a method to get the Xbox One controller to work on a PC but it's a bit complicated and not for the tech newbie.

Source: NeoGAF 1 and 2 | Image via Microsoft

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I'm more interested in a separate SKU for the PC much like the Xbox 360 controller that's packaged in the red box with a driver disc. If such a SKU ships and it's genuinely wired then I will buy it.

honestly, the biggest mistake microsoft has made was to not closing the gap between PC gaming and console gaming. with X86 architecture and Windows OS on XBOX I was hoping that they finally closed the gap and I (as a PC gamer) have a reason to buy new console with convenience of porting my games and playing them on my Big TV. but they failed to achieve that. such a shame. and steam is not helping either because they are pursuing their stupid crazy dream of their own console. alaas

Cool, I might grab one for my PC once the drivers are out Currently use my X360 controller with my PC and it works great

Its pretty absurd the drivers for this aren't ready yet. We're almost 6 months from launch and you still can't use it with first party support.

I think it's more along the lines of cutting into the market of people who would buy the controller and play on Steam instead of buying an X1 and playing on it.

Somehow I doubt that people who can't use the controller on Steam right now are going to run out and dump $440 more on a whole system, plus games. Especially since they can just use a 360 controller perfectly right now.

The alternate theory would be that Microsoft can code a driver to function on their year old latest operating system and a controller they've based off the 360's and refined for years.

How about making sure that all Madcatz Fight stick works on XB1. I wonder about the people working for Microsoft sometimes.

How the hell do they expect Killer Instinct to take off if they don't provide support to the FGC by making sure XB1 works with sticks that we've invested in.

Do they really think I'm going to ditch my custom stick for a new one?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5Xn7mX9txQ

I had horrible luck trying to get the wired 360 controller to work in much. Most games didn't recognise the left or right trigger at all.

Lol I've been using a DS4 since it came out here in November with a simple tool to support Xinput - whats taking you so much time Microsoft???

Lagahan said,
Lol I've been using a DS4 since it came out here in November with a simple tool to support Xinput - whats taking you so much time Microsoft???

Unofficial drivers exist for the XB1 controller too, neither Sony or Microsoft have official ones however.

The unofficial drivers are only to make it compatible for Xinput, it works out of the box with direct input. Does the Xbox controller work with directinput atm? Wouldn't mind trying one out.

I don't own an XBOne, but I will be buying a controller for my PC as soon as the driver is released. I just hope the D-Pad is better this time around.

This will require the purchase of some sort of Dongle, correct?

Enron said,
D Pad is a lot better.

This will only be proven once I've played the speed up hack version of Ms. Pacman in MAME. It must also pass Streetfighter II Hyper Fighting.

AR556 said,

This will only be proven once I've played the speed up hack version of Ms. Pacman in MAME. It must also pass Streetfighter II Hyper Fighting.

Works great on NEO GEO.

AR556 said,
hope the D-Pad is better this time around.

This will require the purchase of some sort of Dongle, correct?

It's essentially Nintendo's design since their patent expired.

USB Adapter or Play and charge USB cable.

deadonthefloor said,

It's essentially Nintendo's design since their patent expired.

USB Adapter or Play and charge USB cable.


Incorrect, if it's the same as the 360 then it's just modified bluetooth communication, the wavebird didn't use any pre-defined standard with the GC.

n_K said,

Incorrect, if it's the same as the 360 then it's just modified bluetooth communication, the wavebird didn't use any pre-defined standard with the GC.

The XB1 controller is direct WiFi

n_K said,

Incorrect, if it's the same as the 360 then it's just modified bluetooth communication, the wavebird didn't use any pre-defined standard with the GC.

I'm pretty sure he's talking about the D pad and not the communication.

NeoTrunks said,
I'm pretty sure he's talking about the D pad and not the communication.

Correct.

The wireless protocol is a new proprietary one that is probably bluetooth based.
Still will require proprietary bluetooth usb dongle or play&charge wired kit.

I much prefer the Xbox One controller over anything else* (and the 360 before it). The Dual Shock controllers are good too and I do prefer them for JRPGs but for when I play FPS games on a console (shock! horror!) I find the asymmetrical layout of the Xbox controller to be far more comfortable.

* Ok I lied there. The Wii U Pro Controller is god damn amazing too! I love the analog stick layout but it sucks that the shoulder triggers are digital not analog

Why would they wait to release it if it is finished? Releasing the drivers would drive more sales. More sales equals more money. When more money is involved companies don't wait when things are finished.

Edited by Andrew, Mar 18 2014, 12:00am :

Looking forward to getting one of these for PC gaming; I prefer it to the 360, PS3 and PS4 controllers.

Edited by virtorio, Mar 17 2014, 1:52am :

virtorio said,
There is a third party driver (still in development) that allows you to use it.

Which is unstable, covered with ads and requires the internet to operate.