Use an Xbox One Controller with a PC Now

Use an Xbox One Controller with a PC NowMajor Nelson is reporting that Microsoft has released PC drivers for the Xbox One controller. After installing these drivers you’ll be able to simply connect your Xbox One controller to your PC via a standard micro-USB cable and get gaming. Currently the drivers are offered as stand-alone downloads (one for 32-bit and the other for 64-bit operating systems). The drivers will soon be available via Windows Update though. That means that in the future if you plug a controller in, Windows will automatically download the drivers for you.

When Major Nelson had first announced the coming availability of the drivers, we wondered on Entertainment 2.0 if the controller would some-how be usable wirelessly, because it supports Wi-Fi Direct.  Unfortunately it doesn’t look like that is currently possibly, but at least you’ll only need a standard micro-USB cable to connect the Xbox One controller. If you wanted to use a wireless Xbox 360 controller it required a separate wireless adapter that wasn’t the most convenient device to travel with. We’ll keep our eyes peeled to see if Microsoft eventually announces a way to pair the Xbox One controller to a PC via Wi-Fi Direct. In the meantime, this is still a great option, especially for gamers on the go.

The 32-bit drivers can be downloaded from here, and the 64-bit version of the drivers are available here.

Source: Major Nelson


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Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.