Xbox One Gamepad for PC in 2014
Microsoft added support for the Xbox 360 gamepad to Windows as soon as it appeared. Together with its support in numerous multiplatform games, that made it the de-facto standard among PC gamepads. It is clear that Microsoft wants the Xbox One controller to become its successor and the new standard, but their plan is a bit slower this time around. In a short interview with VentureBeat a Microsoft spokesperson has commented on their plans for PC support:
"New wireless protocol, combined with the ability to work in 'wired' mode, and the addition of features like Impulse triggers, means that new software has to be written and optimized for the PC."
"There is also some work that we need to do to make sure that existing PC games that support the Xbox 360 controller will work with the Xbox One controller.
"While it seems trivial, it's actually quite a bit of dedicated work for all that to be seamless for the user."
The official PC support for the Xbox One controller is expected to go live in 2014. It will not be compatible with the Xbox 360 wireless controller receiver for PC due to a new wireless protocol. So far there is no information on what will be required to use it wirelessly. Fortunately, just connecting it via a USB cable will allow it to work in wired mode. Thus, even if Microsoft take their time to release official PC drivers, we can expect user-made drivers soon after the Xbox One release. If Microsoft does not exaggerate the complexity of the task, early user made drivers may simply lack some of the advanced features.