Xbox One controller is both wired and wireless

Microsoft details some new features of the Xbox One controller.

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The Xbox One's new controller will be able to function in both wired and wireless modes, Microsoft has confirmed.

Connecting the new controller to a micro USB cable will switch off the controller's wireless functions and allow data to be sent through the cord, a blog post on Xbox.com has revealed.

The new Xbox One controller will also be able to operate in a low-power state, with the ability to go dormant when not in use and resume functioning without requiring a resync with the console.

Audio quality using a headset on the Xbox One will also be improved over the Xbox 360 controller, thanks to an increased data transfer rate.

The Xbox One controller can also be spotted by the Kinect with the use of invisible infrared sensors and LEDs, allowing the console to recognise who is holding the controller. Microsoft uses the example of screen positions changing in a split-screen game when players swap places on the sofa.

Microsoft adds that the current Xbox One controller has evolved over the course of 200 prototypes.

For more information on the Xbox One controller, such as the improved D-pad, check out GameSpot's hands-on impressions of the device.

Discussion

946 comments
tzhu07
tzhu07

I'm hoping for Windows support on launch day w/ official drivers.

the_necronomico
the_necronomico

Does anyone know if the Xbox One Controller will work on the actual Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver For Windows?

NakedHeadcrab
NakedHeadcrab

Am I the only one who thinks the Xbox 360 controller looks better than the "new" X-one?

buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

Enough with the controller I want to hear about all the "useful" and "innovative" things the Kinect 2.0 offers. Plus I would love to see the 15 exclusive titles Microsoft is offering. I'm especially excited for the 10/15 that are Kinect games... IM SO STOKED

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

The controller is the only interesting part about the Xbox One. At least they got that right.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Here is to hoping this means that there will be a native Windows driver for it right out of the box.

AlkaPorty
AlkaPorty

Xbox One gaming console is both shit and crap.

SebCrakpot1234
SebCrakpot1234

So still a wire to connect to controller to talk.... c'mon Microsoft it's new gen...

laser00
laser00

and this is significant how???

TacticaI
TacticaI

The low-power state and not having to turn the controller back on sounds impressive as do the audio improvements  which I hope ring true. MS wired headsets were pretty shitty, but then again they were only $20 sold separately. 

juboner
juboner

too bad i wont have the enjoyment of using these controllers since i do not like the check in

PsiZombie
PsiZombie

XBox360 controller, calling XboxOne Spy HQ: Semen detected on right hand of subject 2865 - subject hasn't washed his hands for 39 hours - pulse levels moderate, sweating like a motherfucka.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

"both wired and wireless"--WOAH! Get the f*** outta here!

So excited for this controller--WOOOH!

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

Out of all Microsofts silly mistakes, this has to be the best decision they have about now. 

spindie
spindie

It actually looks identical to the 360 controller right now.. Besides that cheap looking plastic top addition. And the current one works fine.. so why are they fixing it if it aint broke? Simple is better, they adding like 40 new features or something? Great 40 more chances of things going wrong..

spindie
spindie

24 hour touch-ins required, self destructs if held by someone that isn't you

TrueExperiment
TrueExperiment

"Don't change a winning team." I love how they made the old controller even more perfect. This part of Xbox One MS got completely right! Looking forward to play Forza 5 and other amazing games with this controller.

TommyBarban
TommyBarban

sexiest and probably best controller of the next-gen, ps4 best improved controller of next-gen

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

I hope the wired version is like the old 360 one, and not require batteries. Because the biggest problem with controllers is actually the rate that they eat up batteries. A year after I got my Xbox 360, I have to sell the wireless controller and buy a wired one, because I am eating away $100 worth of batteries in just a few months.

ken4062
ken4062

So i get to use the exact controller 360 had? Ok so its not new at all. Except for triggers are fatter or something. 

kachal
kachal

i bet this "micro USB cable" is sold separately . 


solidsnake05
solidsnake05

Controller looks too "plastic-y" like a 5yr old's toy or something, will probably break in 5 minutes

CyberLips
CyberLips

200 prototypes and it looks the same lol

sev2010
sev2010

so where is the PAY button in this new controller? i thought MS would include that

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@spindie 

I wouldn't say identical but its definitely similar. Does look less ergonomic (Flatter around the triggers).  They should have left the controllers exactly the same as our 360's but with a few tweaks to make it sturdier. Especially those sticks, I hate it when they wear out and pull to one side.

Nminator_236
Nminator_236

@spindie It's 40 design innovations you idiot!

All they did with the controller is made it more erogonomic and comforble, increased battery life, added a better D-pad, and added feedback rumble in to the triggers.

So they made the best controller even better, please STFU and go back to your Sony PS4 circle jerk.

Majkic666
Majkic666

@ken4062 well something that is almost perfect doesn't need much change

Mantan911
Mantan911

@solidsnake05  They look almost the same as the 360 ones, and i havent broken a single one yet.

HazaRDReborN
HazaRDReborN

@sev2010 you might find it as a fingerprint recognition device on the touchpad of the new PS4 controller.

inSpectre_X
inSpectre_X

@PSYCHOV3N0M  

I always assumed that, even when charging the DS3/Wireless 360 controllers,  it was still using the wireless hardware to send info.

Maybe not, I guess I don't know.

spindie
spindie

@Mantan911 @solidsnake05 You must not be hardcore bro, i have xbox controllers where the thumbsticks are actually just sticks now.. Rounded top surface is completely gone and not a single letter is shown on any of the buttons.. And the grips have worn off layers of paint that you didn't even know existed

STrugglingFool
STrugglingFool

@inSpectre_X @PSYCHOV3N0M That is correct. 360 wireless controller only charges, it's still wireless gaming.

steelmouth
steelmouth

@MagickMynd @spindie @Mantan911 @solidsnake05 Mine broke the trigger button and am no hardcore gamer, the little plastic things that suppose to hold the spring that release the trigger broke so it was either on of off depending on what best suited the gameplay at that moment

MagickMynd
MagickMynd

@spindie@Mantan911@solidsnake05 @spindie@Mantan911@solidsnake05I assure you that I am a hardcore gamer, and my controller has nowhere near the damage that you are describing. I regularly play 16 hour or more gaming sessions throughout the week and play all weekend long with only breaks to go to the bathroom, eat, and sleep. I've dropped my controller onto hard surfaces, left it connected to the xbox through the USB charger for weeks on end, mashed the buttons, joysticks, and triggers extremely hard during rage fits of extremely difficult sections of games, and still the only damage to my controller is A) the joysticks have patches on them that have been worn smooth and a bit deeper than the rest of the surface of the joystick where I always place my thumbs while playing and B) the joysticks stick a little bit whenever I push them to the left and I have to flick them back to the right a little bit to unstick them. Other than that and the material of the controller having been worn a bit smoother where my hands have been placed the controller is in good shape considering I've had it for almost three years now. By hardcore you must mean that during your rage fits you regularly smash your controller against a hard surface multiple times over the course of a few minutes, and these rage sessions happen several times during the course of a game and also that your hands must be slightly acidic, or the damage you are describing is an exaggeration.

HazaRDReborN
HazaRDReborN

@spindie @Mantan911 @solidsnake05 could you be more full of shit? just sticks? really? lol. and not a single letter shown on any of the buttons? You ever played a 360? The letters are IN the buttons. How the fk did u manage that? Sure it isn't just dirty shit collected from never cleaning it up? Or washing your hands? Ever? For crying out loud, your comment was the most ridiculous thing I've ever laid eyes on.

arqe
arqe

@spindie @Mantan911 @solidsnake05 Never saw any hardcore gamers at tournaments destorys their own equipment. you are not hardcore gamer , hardcore 10 years old kid who throws gamepads around when die / lose.

MagickMynd
MagickMynd

@andon13 @PrpleTrtleBuBum @STrugglingFool I use a battery recharge kit that comes with a USB cable that connects to the xbox. I can either play the controller wirelessly or I can connect the cable and keep playing while the controller charges. When it's done charging I can unplug the cable and keep playing without interruption. The downside is that the cable does not send data, it only charges the controller, so I can't use it to hook my controller up to my computer and play PC games with it. Hopefully since this new controller is both wired and wireless that will mean that you can hook it up to a computer.

andon13
andon13

@PrpleTrtleBuBum @STrugglingFool That is a weird waste of a controller.

I have 3 wireless Xbox 360 controllers, and I often use at least one of them without a battery pack altogether. Just plug in the charging kit and it will draw all the power it needs from USB, even if there is no battery hooked up.

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

@STrugglingFool Yes, when the battery dies it's goodbye to this "wired" controller. I haven't used my original and only wireless controller since the battery died.

This is the first bit of good news I hear about X1. Wired controller out of the package.