How to use an Xbox One controller on your Windows PC
The Xbox One controller is fantastic. Even if you don't have an Xbox One, the controller now works on a Windows PC with a standard micro-USB cable. Any Steam and Windows game that supports standard XInput works great. I've played Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite and both worked wonderfully. Everything works smoothly and even vibration feedback is supported.
I've previously used the Xbox 360 Controller's "Wireless Receiver Adapter" for Windows to pair XBox 360 controllers. It also works great, but I frankly prefer a plug-in and remove model, rather than having another adapter.
Soon the drivers for the Xbox One controller will be available on Windows Update. That means you'll be able to just plugin the Xbox One controller into any PC and the drivers will just download.
Until then, you'll want to install one these drivers depending on your machine:
Once these drivers are installed, plugin the Xbox One Controller to any USB port. There's a micro-USB port on the top of the Xbox One so you can use a regular USB cable. I used the one from my Kindle because it's very long.
The controller shows up as a Gamepad in Windows and works with any game that supports a standard joystick. Here's a screenshot from my PC:
Here's an animated gif of me moving the controller and seeing the result in the Properties Dialog. You can see it's got all 10 buttons, 3 axes and the POV hat.
If you've got a Xbox One controller, you should grab a micro-USB cable and get this set up today. If you're considering a new PC controller, I recommend this controller even if you don't have an Xbox One.
- Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver
- Xbox 360 Controller Wireless Receiver Adapter for Windows
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That would be 10 extra lines of code on the PC port, so we can't be bothered with that.
@Scott, any sign of a wireless adapter for the new controller? I still swear by my 360 controller, even after getting rid of my XBox.
Some games just work better with a controller: you wouldn't play a FPS with a controller, so why do you play Super Meat Boy with KB/M?
The dpad is registered as a POV hat - This means that a lot of games that expect to see up,down,left,right - don't work and you have to use something like xpadder mapping to the cursor keys. This annoyed me so much I sent back an Xbox 360 gamepad and now use a PS/2 controller with a cheap adapter.
Jonathan - I DO prefer to play FPS with a controller.
On a side note, I'd really love it if Games for Windows Live was brought back, and they had cross platform play with Xbox. I don't care that mouse/keyboard has an advantage.
I bought two Xbox one controllers after I've heard that an official driver has been published.
I was wondering if I can use the Xbox 360 wireless adapter, with these Xbox one controllers.
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