Microsoft: Xbox One controller will work on PCs ... in 2014

Microsoft is making a big deal about the official controller for the Xbox One, including a new seven minute video that was released on Monday. However, many gamers who have enjoyed playing with the PC version of the Xbox 360 controller have wondered if the Xbox One gamepad will makes its way to Microsoft's other major gaming platform.

The short answer, thankfully, is, "Yes." The long answer is a bit more complicated. VentureBeat contacted Microsoft and found out that the Xbox One controller will be released for the PC, but it won't happen until sometime in 2014.

According to Microsoft, the reason for the long wait are due to the new hardware inside the controller, including its Impulse triggers and its ability to work in both wired and wireless mode. In a statement, Microsoft said that it will have to write new software and optimize it so that the controller can properly work on a PC.

The statement added:

There is also some work that we need to do to make sure that existing PC games that support the Xbox 360 controller will work with the Xbox One controller. While it seems trivial, it’s actually quite a bit of dedicated work for all that to be seamless for the user.

Add all of that extra programming work up, and it makes sense that the Xbox One controller will take some time before it's ready for the vast PC gaming audience.

Source: VentureBeat | Image via Microsoft

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^^Just so you know, for the current 360 controller, MS has official drivers for it and has for a long time now. I have always had 0 problems (about 2 years now) since bought the controller. Like mentioned above, windows live games are best, but almost every new game now adays (WLG or not) the controller seems to work great for me.

WIreless: http://www.microsoft.com/hardw...less-controller-for-windows
Wired: http://www.microsoft.com/hardw...troller-for-windows#support

As per the news, I would like to buy that new version, it looks very nice, and im sure ergonomics and accuracy of everything has been tweaked.

theslam08 said,
^^Just so you know, for the current 360 controller, MS has official drivers for it and has for a long time now. I have always had 0 problems (about 2 years now) since bought the controller. Like mentioned above, windows live games are best, but almost every new game now adays (WLG or not) the controller seems to work great for me.

WIreless: http://www.microsoft.com/hardw...less-controller-for-windows
Wired: http://www.microsoft.com/hardw...troller-for-windows#support

As per the news, I would like to buy that new version, it looks very nice, and im sure ergonomics and accuracy of everything has been tweaked.

For the Wireless one you need a special adapter that has been discontinued for a very long time. You will have to hunt one down used over eBay or something. I used to have one but got tired of the batteries dying down on me so I just went with wired instead and sold the adapter to a co-worker.

I hope Microsoft comes with a separate wired version in addition to the wireless unit. I know the wireless model can be used with a micro-USB cable which then shuts off the battery pack but I'd like a native wired controller if you please :-).

Why would you? It's not as if it needs a special receiver, like Xbox 360 controller does. It transmits both data AND power through USB connection now, so there's no practical need for a wired version.

I love the Xbox 360 controller, sadly it hardly seems to work with many games, especially older ones. They never recognise the right and left Triggers.

So I bought an PC controller that's shaped exactly like one.

McKay said,
I love the Xbox 360 controller, sadly it hardly seems to work with many games, especially older ones. They never recognise the right and left Triggers.

So I bought an PC controller that's shaped exactly like one.


As long as you have a Games for Windows - Live title, the controller should work perfectly. It's a service requirement.

As you said, though - it's dodgy with older titles. PCs have always been dodgy with controllers.

I get so many games fail to recognise the triggers, even PC ports of games that are on 360. Even with all the drivers installed.

This 360 shaped Controller for PC works perfectly, even in older titles. I don't know what it is about Xbox 360 Triggers that seem to throw PC Games.

McKay said,
I get so many games fail to recognise the triggers, even PC ports of games that are on 360. Even with all the drivers installed.

This 360 shaped Controller for PC works perfectly, even in older titles. I don't know what it is about Xbox 360 Triggers that seem to throw PC Games.

I never seem to have that issue. As an example the controller works perfectly on the PC version of NFS: The Run and in the current Medal of Honor game.

Triggers and all.

Edited by shinji257, Aug 14 2013, 4:57pm :

McKay said,
I get so many games fail to recognise the triggers, even PC ports of games that are on 360. Even with all the drivers installed.
Never had any issues like that. But I have a standard wireless controller, which is connected with PC through a special adapter, so there might be some differences between wireless and wired pads.
As for the old games, there's software around (namely Xpadder), which remaps controller buttons to keyboard keys. This way even DOS games can be played using the pad.

King Mustard said,

As long as you have a Games for Windows - Live title, the controller should work perfectly. It's a service requirement.

As you said, though - it's dodgy with older titles. PCs have always been dodgy with controllers.

Disagree, a lot of controller's on pc's have the ability for you to map the button to specific key's on the keyboard. Microsoft also had a very good run of controllers (sidewinder series) before they discontinued them. It all depended on the quality of the controller you were buying.

Jason Stillion said,

Disagree, a lot of controller's on pc's have the ability for you to map the button to specific key's on the keyboard. Microsoft also had a very good run of controllers (sidewinder series) before they discontinued them. It all depended on the quality of the controller you were buying.


In my opinion, the fact you had to map buttons to use a controller was dodgy.

King Mustard said,

In my opinion, the fact you had to map buttons to use a controller was dodgy.

Different era, some games auto mapped, other's required manual mapping. PC gaming was just different back then. Ex most flight simulator based games programed built in support for most joysticks.

I do like the fact the 360 controller and Microsoft created a standard and games auto map and the synergy xbox360 / games for windows live.

Use this to solve all of your issues:
http://www.xpadder.com

Did it for Portal and worked flawlessly.

Now, regarding the One's controller, I believe MS is delaying it due to the support of impulse triggers and the switch and menu buttons.

I still believe that you'll be able to hook up your One's Controller device directly to your PC, and play with it immediately, but without features such as impulse triggers.

I tried Xpadder and it wanted me to pay for it, even then it was just emulating the mouse and didn't feel right.

This. Xpadder is awesome. I uh "borrowed it from a friend I hadn't met yet" for a month or two and then bought the full version because it was so good and I was using it so much.

McKay said,
I tried Xpadder and it wanted me to pay for it, even then it was just emulating the mouse and didn't feel right.

That was my impression too. Felt like I was sliding...

Derges said,
This. Xpadder is awesome. I uh "borrowed it from a friend I hadn't met yet" for a month or two and then bought the full version because it was so good and I was using it so much.

See what you did there

I personally figure they just want to make sure the only people buying the XBO controller during the holiday season are XBO buyers. After that initial rush, they'll release the drivers and such for Windows.

That said, I fully intend to buy at least one XBO pad! I love the 360 pad, and that layout plus a good dpad will be perfect for me. The only thing they could possibly do to make things better is if they release an update for the 360 allowing it to be used there either as a wired pad or over wifi (can WiFi direct be added via software?).