Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Would Microsoft Release An Xbox One Controller For Windows 8 OS

One of the cool things Microsoft did in the past was to release a version of the Xbox 360 controller for the Windows PC. This improved the gaming experience of Windows gaming PCs. Now, with the release of the Xbox One gaming console, PC Gamers are awaiting the release of the PC versions of the Xbox One controller and the Windows 8 drivers for its installation.

Would there be a PC version of the Xbox One controller?

However, Microsoft so far has not confirmed whether there will be an Xbox One controller for Windows 8 in the future. But, they have tried to quash rumours about the release of such a controller and the necessary Windows 8 drivers this year.

Albert Penello, Microsoft’s Director of Product Management issued this statement – “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 other words, Microsoft will soon release an Xbox One controller which you can use on a Windows 8 PC by installing its driver. But, there will not be an Xbox One controller for Windows 8 like the one they released for Xbox 360. The same controller can be used for both the gaming console as well as the Windows 8 gaming PC.

Some third party solutions already available

In fact, some enthusiastic fans have already started working on some solutions to make the Xbox One controller work smoothly on a Windows PC. There is this device called ControllerMax, which can be used to connect your gaming console controller to your Windows PC. This small device has two or three USB or micro-USB ports for connecting the controllers to your PC. It is very easy to use.

There is also a somewhat complicated software solution available online posted by some gaming enthusiast. But, it is not a good idea to install such third party applications. For the time being, stick to using the Xbox 360 PC controller for your gaming.

Microsoft is likely to release the PC drivers for Xbox One controller this year. You just have to wait a few more months.

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