Although there are two recently released consoles to keep gamers busy, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty of reason for players to boot up their PC once in a while. With the constant stream of Steam sales, it’s hard to find a gamer out there who hasn’t built up a backlog of PC games — whether they were trying to or not. Fortunately, thanks to Microsoft‘s coordination between the development of the Xbox One and the Windows OS, owners of the new Microsoft console will soon have a convenient option when jumping back and forth between their console and PC.
Rumors that Microsoft has been developing a Windows PC-specific controller and planning to lock-out Xbox One controllers from Windows compatibility have been making their way around the forums lately. While that rumour could pose an annoyance to the house of Bill Gate’s, one Microsoft employee in particular wasn’t too content with the misinformation making the rounds and took to NeoGAF to debunk the false claims.
Microsoft’s director of product management, Albert Penello, responded to a post about the rumors and explained that the controller support (which was announced over the summer) is still on the way.
“This is 100% wrong. When the drivers become available, they will work with the existing controllers. 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.”
Penello didn’t spill all of the details about support for the controller, but his statement should definitely put a lot of minds at rest. He was able to share that Xbox One controllers will work with Windows PCs in wired-mode, but no decision has been made yet on whether or not Microsoft will implement wireless compatibility for the controllers.
“No more updates on the timeframe beyond what’s been publicly stated. The plan is this year. When the update comes out and we have more details, I can explain the holdup.”
The delay is caused by the need to write new software that will optimize the controller for PC use. There will also need to be work done to ensure that existing PC games that currently support the Xbox 360 controller will also work with the new Xbox One controller. Although many hardcore PC gamers will be reluctant to give up their mouse and keyboards, the option to switch over to the familiar Xbox One controller will definitely be a nice perk for more casual PC players.
It’s great news that support for Microsoft’s controller will be coming, but only time will tell whether the majority of PC gamers prefer to maneuver with the Xbox One controller, the yet to be released Steam controller, or something else entirely.
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