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In the past console generation, PC gaming has seen an evolution in control schemes. The Xbox 360 controller has become a staple for PC gamers in a number of genres, especially as the format has wooed back some who abandoned it for consoles.
In an interview with CVG, Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One controller will be compatible with PC gaming. It's not an easy process though, and the target for making it all happen is 2014.
Given the over 40 changes to the controller, including the more precise rumble, "dedicated work" is required to ensure that current games are compatible with the new devices. There's no word about whether a new wireless receiver will be created for PCs.
Currently, PC users have two options. A wired Xbox 360 controller will work natively. Alternatively, Microsoft sells a receiver for approximately $20. With the Xbox One controller, simply plugging in a micro-USB cable will enable wired mode.
Our TakeI have used both a wired controller and the wireless receiver. Both work well, and there is no rush for Xbox One compatibility on PC. If you currently have an Xbox 360 and it's about to see scaled back usage, there's no reason not to simply dedicate your existing controller(s) for PC gaming.
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uh... why not just keep using the 360 controller?
1. will all past 360 compatible pc titles be compatible with the new controller?
2. is it that mich freaking different?
3. no... its not different, so that means even if you need a controller 360 will be the way to go price wise.
4. why the wait? obviously microsoft cares so little about their fan base that they didn't even make it compatible for pc to begin with. either they don't care or they seriously were just unaware of how popular the 360 controller is amongst pc gamers, both of which r care less and stupid.
5. microsoft is really weird.
oh, at least something useful for the pc. nice microsoft.
I bought a wireless adapter that was bundled with a controller. It's nothing new, but awesome considering you can use it for both PC and console.
Despite PC gaming quite a bit, I never used my 360 controller on my PC. Still, maybe I'll do it next gen, so I guess this is good news.
So it seems the PC once again gets the finger from console makers. It's ok, I prefer my Logitech G9X and G110 combo anyway.
Neat I guess. I mean if Mike's right about just using the 360 controller solely for PC if you move on up unless the One's controller is beyond amazing.
I hate that this site breaks down a single piece of news and uses it as multiple articles.
seeing how it isn't fundamentally a different controller from the current 360 controller, I'm fine continuing to use my 360 controller on my PC. I don't spend that much time playing PC games anyway.
well said mike .. that or ya know ... just buy a cheap logitech with both direct and xinput ... support the old and the new(er) that way
If the 360 will still be supported for the foreseeable future than this really shouldn't matter too much.