The Xbox One Controller Will Come To PC…Eventually
Microsoft has been rather vocal about the changes they have made to the new Xbox One controller. Other than looking like a logical and rather awesome evolution of probably the most comfortable controller of this generation, Microsoft have stressed that the new controller isn’t simply some cosmetic changes. And it’s because of this that the Xbox One controller won’t work on your PC just yet.
The Xbox 360 controller has been a handy companion to have when playing games on PC that aren’t generally Keyboard and mouse friendly (Dark Souls II, I’m looking at you), although it’s not exactly a requirement for all PC gamers out there. So, it’s not exactly top of the list in terms of demand and priority, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft won’t eventually bring it to the platform. Apparently, they just need time.
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“As we’ve stated, the Xbox One controller, although it looks similar in many ways, shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller.
“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.”
So there’s some technical hurdles to overcome, we know that much, but Microsoft is also not content with releasing a new controller that won’t work with past Xbox 360 controller compatible games.
“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.”
That little detail is also really important, because it would be rather bothersome to have to change controllers for games released prior to the Xbox One. That means I’d have to keep two sets of batteries on charge just for my PC, which is just plain madness if you ask me.
Microsoft have also said they recognise the need and demand for the controller on the PC platform, and would never think of not releasing the Xbox One controller for PC eventually. When it does release next year, however, is yet to be determined.