Posted on August 13, 2013, Ian Miles Cheong Xbox One Controller Will Work On Windows PCs in 2014
If you’re a PC gamer, you may not have much of a reason to pick up an Xbox One or even a PlayStation 4. Even so, you may have cause to grab an Xbox One controller once it’s out, because Microsoft has plans in store to support Windows PCs with it.
Speaking to VentureBeat, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the company was working on providing Xbox One controller compatibility for Windows, but added that though its functionality is a lot like the existing Xbox 360 controller, the two do not share the same tech.
“New wireless protocol, combined with the ability to work in ‘wired’ mode, and the addition of features like Impulse triggers, means that new software has to be written and optimized for the PC,” the Microsoft spokesperson said. “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.”
Microsoft says it expects to provide PC compatibility for the controller in 2014, sometime after the Xbox One is released.
In addition to the news of the Xbox One controller support, Microsoft has announced that they will be doing away with MS Points in favor of local currency. This change will be made available in the next Xbox 360 system update, which is due for release shortly. When you next choose to initiate a purchase or redeem a Points card or code with your Microsoft account, Microsoft will put into your account an amount of currency equal to or greater than the marketplace value of your Microsoft Points.
Finally, Microsoft is ditching its annoying limit (via Kotaku) of allowing only a single user to log onto an account at a time, thereby allowing you to log into Xbox Live through Games for Windows Live and Xbox 360 at the same time.