As much as we all love gaming with a keyboard and mouse, there are some cross-platform titles that just play better with a controller. For a long time, the best PC controller has probably been Microsoft's Xbox 360 gamepad. On the console front, that controller has now been supplanted by the Xbox One controller. So, where are the Windows drivers for that gamepad?
We've been promised those drivers for some time. As SlashGear reports, Albert Penello, Microsoft's product planning chief for Xbox and Kinect, recently shared some fresh details about that project in a recent NeoGAF forum post. Replying to a question about whether the Xbone controller would require a new dongle, Penello wrote:
No. The controller (in wired mode) will work as-is.
How wireless will/could work is TBD. 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.
As SlashGear points out, a couple of unofficial solutions already exist for folks wishing to use the Xbone controller on their PCs: a fan-made software hack, and ControllerMax, a physical hardware adapter.
The Xbox One controller is supposed to have more than 40 improvements over the original Xbox 360 controller, including new analog sticks, a redesigned d-pad, and so-called Impulse Triggers, which deliver vibration feedback.