Alongside the announcement of a price drop, a new 1TB console, and a heavily-revised controller came a much more low-key announcement but one no less important.
This fall, Microsoft will make available a wireless adapter to allow Xbox One controllers to connect wirelessly to “Windows 10 PCs, laptops, and tablets,” according to the release. No word on whether it’ll work for Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs, but the drivers for the controller are already available so it’s very possible this will carry over. The audio functions of the controller will, apparently, be available as well, if you don’t already have a PC headset you prefer.
We’re hoping this marks the first shot in some real support for PC gaming from Microsoft and that it doesn’t end up a rarity after a couple years like the Xbox 360 wireless PC adapter did. The increased connectivity between the Xbox One and PC suggests that won’t be the case. Whether it’s for PC gaming or streaming Xbox One gaming across your household, this should provide a nice solution.
The adapter will be available this fall as a standalone device for $24.99 or paired with its own Xbox One controller for $79.95.