It has been recently announced by Microsoft that Xbox One controllers could be used with PCs next year.
A Microsoft Spokesperson said that the company is well aware that people want Xbox One controllers to be used with their PCs. And that they should expect the functionality to make debut somewhere 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.”
The representative further added that although the new Xbox One controller looks somewhat like Xbox 360 controller, it has completely different architecture and core elements with loads of new functions. Therefore, it has to be optimized to perform on a PC.
“The Xbox One controller, although it looks similar in many ways, shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller. 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 optimized for the PC.”
Not only this but Microsoft is also trying to get the existing games that support Xbox 360 controller to support Xbox One controller as well and they are currently working on it too.
“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.”
Unlike Xbox 360, Xbox One controller supports a USB interface and can be plugged into the console without the hassle of purchasing a separate cable or in case of wireless ones – spending on batteries.