Xbox One controller to get PC support
The Xbox 360 controller is a part of any gamer’s arsenal, even if they’re PC gamers. Microsoft hopes to repeat that success with the Xbox One controller. The company revealed to CVG that the Xbox One controller will support PC games some time in 2014. Sadly enough, though, no specific time frame has been given other than the broad “some time in 2014”.
“We know people want to use the Xbox One controller on their PC, and we do too – we expect to have the functionality available in 2014,” said a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to CVG.
Coming to PCs in 2014
“The Xbox One controller, although it looks similar in many ways, shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller,” the representative explained. “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 optimised for the PC.”
“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,” Microsoft added. “While it seems trivial, it’s actually quite a bit of dedicated work for all that to be seamless for the user.”
The Xbox One controller is set to feature many changes when compared to the 360 controller. Microsoft claims that the new controller has “40 innovations”, ranging from major ones such as a much-improved D-pad and rumble feedback on the trigger buttons to minor ones, such as the controller not featuring any visible screws.[source:tech2]