Microsoft promised that Xbox One controllers would eventually work with the PC sometime in 2014 through a driver update. Four months into the year, nothing has been mentioned yet but Microsoft Director of Product Planning Albert Penello finally spoke up Monday while shooting down a rumor.
Penello called a rumor that the Xbox One controller would not work with the PC as 100 percent wrong on NeoGAF before stating, “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.”
Penello did not rule out a separate PC specific version of the Xbox One controller though. The Xbox 360 controller currently has a wired PC version but the console controller can also work with the PC through the use of a dongle.
The Xbox One controller is capable of sending input commands through an attached USB cable so it should take little more than making sure there are drivers to support when a user plugs the controller into a PC with a USB cable. However, it sounds as if Microsoft is still very early in the process trying to come up with a solution on how to get the existing Xbox One controller to work with the PC wirelessly.
“How wireless will/could work is [to be determined]. There are some options we are looking at,” Penello wrote in a separate post. “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.”
The Xbox One controller uses WiFi Direct to connect to the Xbox One. By comparison, the PS4 uses Bluetooth for its controllers.
For those that can’t wait for an official release from Microsoft, YouTuber Lucas Assis has posted a software application and directions getting the Xbox One controller to work on the PC. However, this software is very much in beta and will not always work correct.