Microsoft has confirmed that PC compatibility for the Xbox One Wireless Controller will arrive in 2014.
Windows PC gamers will have to wait until 2014 until they are able to use the Xbox One controller due to the substantial work needed to bridge the differences between the two controllers.
“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.
Microsoft has completely redesigned the new controller from scratch, actually admitting it spent $100 million on the Xbox One Wireless Controller during its R&D process.
Through this process, it introduced over 40 new technological innovations to the existing Xbox 360 controller, including new dynamic impulse triggers, Wi-Fi connectivity, remodelled analogue sticks, an integrated battery compartment and precision D-Pad.
“As we’ve stated, the Xbox One controller, although it looks similar in many ways, shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller,” explained a Microsoft spokesperson. “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.”
The delay lies in creating the software to not only make the Xbox One controller compatible, but also allow it to be a “seamless” experience for the user.
“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. While it seems trivial, it’s actually quite a bit of dedicated work for all that to be seamless for the user.”
One Wireless Controller will be included with the console bundle alongside the Chat Headset and second-gen Kinect sensor, as shown the Xbox One unboxing video.
Additional controllers will set gamers back £44.99 a piece, although they are £10 cheaper than the PS4 DualShock 4 controller.
The Xbox One will be released in November in 21 markets around the world for £429.
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