Microsoft on Thursday finally released Windows drivers for the Xbox One controller, allowing gamers to use the company’s latest console controller on their PC. The drivers allow the Xbox One controller to work automatically with any games or applications that already support the Xbox 360 controller. Unlike the 360 controller, however, gamers won’t need to purchase a separate adapter dongle, as the Xbox One can pass both data and power over its included USB cable.
We know our fans have wanted PC compatibility, and we know they wanted to be able to use the Xbox One controller with the same games and applications they have been playing with using the Xbox 360 controller. We can’t wait for them to play their favorite PC games with what we consider the best controller ever made and we’re excited for fans to experience the improved D-pad, redesigned battery compartment, new comfortable design and offset analog sticks. The new PC drivers will enable the Xbox One controller to be used with any game that featured gamepad support for the Xbox 360 controller. Simply download the drivers, connect your Xbox One controller to your computer through a micro USB cable and you’ll be gaming in no time.
The drivers will be automatically included for all supported versions of Windows via a future update, but Microsoft is allowing eager gamers to manually grab the drivers early. Simply download the 32-bit or 64-bit driver as appropriate for your version of Windows.