Rumours that Xbox One controller won't support PC are "100% wrong", says Microsoft

Microsoft's senior director of product management chimes in on upset

No right-thinking human being should play games on anything that isn't an Xbox platform, but sometimes (sigh) exceptions can be made. It's not quite as blasphemous to play games on a PC, for instance, when you do it using an Xbox pad. But what's this, NeoGAF - you say the Xbox One controller won't ever be updated to work with a PC?

The rumour began life on Next In Gaming, which cites a source who claims that Microsoft will release another version of the controller that only works with Windows. It has now - thankfully - been categorically denied by Albert Penello, Microsoft's senior director of product management and planning.


"This is 100% wrong," he wrote on GAF. "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.

"That's not to say that we may not ship also PC SKU of the Xbox One controller, much like we do on Xbox 360," he added.

According to subsequent posts in the same thread, the controller will work "as is" in wired mode once the drivers are released. "How wireless will/could work is TBD," admitted Penello. "There are some options we are looking at.

"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."