Titanfall will only use Xbox 360 controllers on PC, not Xbox One controllers (yet)

Driving driver demand.

It's not new news that Xbox One controllers don't work on PC. Microsoft has stated before that support for their current console's controllers will be coming sometime in 2014. But after one Twitter user asked Respawn if their upcoming shooter Titanfall will work with an Xbox One controller on PC, the company surprisingly wrote back, "Yes."

Respawn shortly thereafter deleted that message and offered up the response, "We don't, sorry. I saw 'Xbox controller.' We support 360, not One on PC." More than likely, this isn't an issue that's up to Respawn at all; like the rest of us, they're just waiting for Microsoft to release new drivers drivers that would untether the Xbox One controller from its current console exclusivity.

Reaching out to Microsoft for comment, a spokesperson said, "The Xbox One controller, although it looks similar in many ways, shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller. We know PC compatibility is important to many Xbox One customers and expect PC drivers to be available in 2014."

We've also contacted Respawn regarding the statements, but it's likely that the PC version of Titanfall will eventually be able to to support Xbox One controllers. That that won't happen until Microsoft makes them available, but you might remember that hacker Chris Gallizzi claimed to have gotten the driver situation sorted out himself months ago.

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weclark4th
weclark4th

I've seen a lot of hate on here (and pretty much everywhere) regarding using a controller for first person shooters on PC. First and foremost, I'd like everyone to know that I love using mouse/keyboard, and feel that the level of control is light years ahead of what you can accomplish with a controller. However, sometimes I like to relax on the couch and play games on the big screen instead of being hunched over my desk.


Which also brings me to the never-ending debate of what gaming machine is superior. As a professional in the 'IT-universe' I can easily say that PC is by far the superior gaming solution--but not just because of mouse and keyboard. On the flip side, one could say that PC is the most inferior gaming machine--sure, tighter control and way better graphics are MUCH more preferable, but there's something to be said about kicking back on the couch after a hard day's work, picking up a controller, and putting in a game. That means no Windows Updates, no graphics driver updates, and no additional (and inevitable) troubleshooting. You just pop in a game, and it simply just WORKS.


All of that aside, I really DO think PC gaming is the superior method, it's just unfortunate that it requires some IT knowledge to make it worth your while. I'll spare the details, but I personally have a desktop gaming rig, complete with triple monitor setup and 2 GTX 680 Classifieds to back it up. I also have an HTPC hooked up to my 50" Samsung (backed by GTX 760) for casual gameplay. Since most games use cloud services for saving these days, I can easily pop back and forth between the Desktop and the HTPC, depending on my mood. Yea, I COULD attach a mouse/keyboard to the HTPC, but I just don't find it comfortable--so yea, standardizing controller support in today's PC games is, in my opinion, a HUGE thing. Plus, what about people with disabilities that simply just CANT use mouse/keyboard due to physical limitations? I know a few guys in the military with missing fingers and such that just physically can't do the mouse/keyboard setup, but want PC for gaming.


The point of all this is that there are legitimate reasons for why 'this' or 'that' might be wanted. Xbox ONE controller support for PC? One of MS's selling points is that there are rumble features IN the triggers--well hell yea I want to check that out! Who wouldn't? So before informing the world of how superior mouse/keyboard is to the controller (which I DO agree with, by the way), try and think of what reasons someone might want for that. Just because it's not the best setup for YOU doesn't mean it's obsolete and should therefore be trash talked about. 

theKSMM
theKSMM

While you're at it, Microsoft, go ahead and make some drivers that allow XBOX 360 controllers to work on the XBOX ONE.  Not only do I have several of them lying around, but I actually like the feel of the 360 controller better.  It is still, in my humble opinion, the best controller ever made. 

Mariner32
Mariner32

Well, considering I'm pretty sure there's no official support for X1 pads on PC anyway, this only makes sense to me. I'm also wondering why you'd want to use a gamepad for a PC fps game anyway. I mean, I keep my 360 pad plugged in for BF4 but that's only because I'm rubbish at the m+k controls for helicopters and jets.

Daian
Daian

Who cares, it's an FPS, using a gamepad on PC in a FPS is like having a Ferrari available for a race but choosing to drive a Prius.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

To those of you who can't understand why a PC gamer would use a gamepad in a FPS. I use a gamepad in my left hand for movement and a mouse in my right for aiming and shooting/attacking. I hate the way the keyboard feels for gaming.

GarGx1
GarGx1

Couldn't care less about controller support, it's an FPS. M/KB support is all PC gamers will care about.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

"The Xbox One controller, although it looks similar in many ways, shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller"

Not only does it no share technology with the 360's controller but some developers are complaining about Bone's controller being less precise than the 360's, forcing to forego moving their games to the Bone.

Things are getting worse all the time.


Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

There is no way I'm using a gamepad for a FPS, anyways.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Well now the 360 controllers are likely to come down in price I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't become the official PC gamepad at this stage.

When I get a new console my 360 pad will get promoted to PC only definitely.

k41m
k41m

Why on earth would we want to use a controller?!

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

You don't need shitty xbox controllers to play games on PC.

snaketus
snaketus

And one of the biggest advantages playing on PC is not forced to use slow and imprecise controller in shooters.

couly
couly

Controller for a shooter?  pah

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Since Xbox One controllers are not even supported for PC this seems a bit obvious.

cyberxspeed
cyberxspeed

So I can't use keyboard & mouse? Only 360 controller? I need confirmation.

botroo3
botroo3

Yea, Because PC shooter fans were going to ditch their 4k+ dpi mouses for the X1 controller.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Why would anyone want to use a controller in a PC competitive online shooter?  Feels like shooting yourself in the leg.

Dezuria
Dezuria

Playing a PC multiplayer fps with a controller is a bit silly.  But even if I did, I like the 360 controller better than the X1.

doggiezilla
doggiezilla

The 360 controller is better anyways.

Dilandau88
Dilandau88

who the fuck uses a controller on a PC shooter. LOL. Prepare to get absolutely faking annihilated. 

obsequies
obsequies

I'll use my ps3 controller with emulation software

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

ROFLMAO.


Who wants to use a controller with a first person shooter?


Mouse and keyboard or go home.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

There are a couple of PC games that require controllers.But FPS games are best enjoyed with a mouse rather than a controller.

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

Well I'll be using this Dualshock 4 so I really don't care

Deamon59
Deamon59

who uses a controller for an fps on pc?

KBABZ
KBABZ

"The Xbox One controller ...shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller." 

What, so the simple act of pressing A or the Home button has been completely re-engineered so as to be incomparable to the 360's way of doing things?

McGregor
McGregor

@portpower27  I know this is a dead thread, but I just wanted to add that I played the Beta (Now nearly 3 weeks after this comment) and decided to try the 360 controller on it. It was actually quite fun, and I didn't feel at a huge disadvantage. After playing with a controller, I opted to go back to mouse and keyboard. The only real advantage I saw was speed of aiming. I prefer the controller for all other functions, but aiming is just so much better on the M/K. All that said, the aim assist really levels the playing field. All in all, it worked well. I wish they could get the best of both worlds...I may try the trackball mod and see if that works.

Daian
Daian

Seems nonsensical, why use hand holding aim assist bs when u can play with m&k with accurate controls.

Daian
Daian

Lolwut? That's so weird, never heard of such a senseless combination.

DemannameD
DemannameD

@Dannystaples14 I don't think you can use a 360 for a 360 controller, you have to get a Made for PC 360 controller. Unless something changed that I'm not aware of... PC gamers typically use Mouse and Keyboard anyways.

McGregor
McGregor

@k41m I'm with you. Except for games like batman and tomb raider. Although I did prefer Bioshock with a controller...felt like it was built with a controller in mind.

usedfanhalo117
usedfanhalo117

@k41m depends, I'd like to play Battlefield with mouse and keyboard, but CoD? I'd pick controller, even in PC, for this game.... I'm thinking to try it out first

arrowhead927
arrowhead927

@cyberxspeedu can still use k/m   there saying that the xbox one controller doesnt work on pc

miladrfm
miladrfm

@MAD_AI You're so right. But in third person,controller is better than mouse.

suhair10
suhair10

@MAD_AI well people do say this is a game better suited for a control. 

nycprocess
nycprocess

@Tripwolf People that prefer to be comfortable when they play. Most people aren't competitive FPS players.

Radnen
Radnen

@gamefreak215jd Well I don't see it as requires: it's a preference. I like to play Skyrim with a controller better than I do mouse + keyboard. I even play some shooters like Borderlands 2 and Bioshock Infinite with a controller.* So it's really preference, there's no right or wrong answer to controllers on the PC.


*(I have a condition that makes it hard to play ambidextrous games, where my hands are spread over a keyboard ans mouse. I have no trouble with a controller, however).

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@DemannameD You can I do it often. The only issue is that most controllers you can buy are wireless so you need a USB wireless adapter, or need to find one that is wired.

My only problem is that a lot of PC games don't have compatibility either because the developers just didn't bother or the game simply won't work. I love a controller. Keyboards do my head in. Mice are decent for most things but it is when I try using many buttons on a keyboard using just the one hand.

zerofrust
zerofrust

@suhair10 @MAD_AI 

Sticks better suited for a game where aiming at a target is prime important on PC? lol.What's next ? playing Starcraft VS matches with a controller too...

UltimateBastard
UltimateBastard

@nycprocess @Tripwolf considering its competitive multi-player only, they might be in for a bit of a shock when they buy this game and sit down to play it with their crappy xbox controller  

sammoth
sammoth

@nycprocess@Tripwolf What does comfort have to do with sitting at a computer using a mouse and KB over a controller ? You still have to sit at the desk. Unless you built a PC for your living room.