GAMING: PC Drivers Are Now Available For Xbox One Controllers


As AAA console titles become increasingly more common on the PC platform, gamers are starting to show a preference for common and familiar gamepad designs. The Xbox 360 controller was and still is hugely popular amongst the online gaming community, but Microsoft’s most recent next-gen home console failed to provide the same offering to its PC players.


Many PC gamers will know that, while a mouse and keyboard may suffice for certain titles, they aren’t always the best controllers to rely on. Although you need little else for certain strategy titles and online sites, such as, more complex games require an extra level of control.

However, the company’s recent announcement changed that. From 5th June, Microsoft made new PC drivers available for the Xbox One controller. Although it came a staggering seven months after the device’s original release date back in November, players now have more choice when it comes to which Xbox controller they use on the online platform.

Although there is little difference between the Xbox One and 360 gamepads, Microsoft stated on the Xbox Wire site that they consider their next-gen console controller to be “the best controller ever made” and said they were “excited for fans to experience the improved D-pad, redesigned battery compartment, new comfortable design and offset analog sticks” on their favourite PC games.

Players will not only be able to use the online compatible Xbox One controllers with the console’s software releases, but the new PC drivers will also enable the controller to be used with any game title that featured gamepad support for the Xbox 360 controller as well.

Currently, players can download x86 or x64 drivers from, Microsoft Spokesperson Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb’s website. The firm state that the drivers will also be available as part of a Windows update, which is expected to become available in the near future.

To access the drivers simply download and install them onto your PC from the Major Nelson website. Then plug your Xbox One controller into your computer using the micro USB cable and enjoy a new online gaming experience in no time.

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