Microsoft will release an Xbox One controller for Windows PC this November, the company announced earlier this week. The gamepad itself appears to be identical to the existing Xbox One controller. The difference with this package is that it will come with a micro USB cable, which the current controller does not include. Microsoft won’t charge extra for the cable; the PC gamepad will cost $59.95, the same retail price as the existing Xbox One controller.
The PC controller that’s coming in November will work with an Xbox One either wirelessly or with a micro USB cable, and will be compatible with PCs running Windows 7 and Windows 8. All official Xbox One controllers are wireless, and can be used with a computer when plugged in via micro USB. Microsoft has not created separate wired and wireless Xbox One controllers, as it did with the Xbox 360.
Microsoft released Windows PC drivers for the Xbox One controller in June for both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems; the drivers make the gamepad compatible with any PC game that already supports the Xbox 360 controller. You can check out an image of the PC controller and its included micro USB cable below.
To use this in conjunction with your PC, just plug in the cable into the controller on one end and into a free USB port on the other end. If you want to use the same controller with your Xbox One, you can do so both wirelessly or connected via the cable.
This is the same Xbox One controller console gamers already know. It is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8, requires a Pentium 300 MHz or higher processor, 128MB of RAM, and 150MB of hard disk space. The main difference is the wired USB cable.
The feature list is as follows:
- Immersive gaming: With impulse triggers, weapons, crashes and jolts come to life. This only works in supported games, and only on the Xbox One.
- Precision controls: The D-pad recognizes both sweeping and directional movements, the thumbstick offers better grip and accuracy, and the triggers and bumpers have been redesigned for quick access.
- Better ergonomics: The Xbox One controller fits a wider range of hand sizes for a more comfortable gaming experience.
- Connect to your PC or Xbox: A single controller for two killer platforms. Use wired with a PC via a free USB port, or connect to your Xbox One either wired or wirelessly.
- More compatibility: Compatible with Kinect for Xbox One, Xbox One Play and Charge Kit, and the Xbox One Chat Headset.