While we know the Xbox One S controller is capable of connecting to a PC via Bluetooth, as well as how to set it up, Microsoft has yet to publicly disclose if there are any limitations. Today, we’ve learned there is a limitation to the Bluetooth feature on the Xbox One S controller, and it’ll affect fans of couch co-op or party games the most as only one controller can be connected to a Windows 10 PC at a time using this method.
During our time with the Xbox One S controller, we ran into some issues connecting multiple controllers via Bluetooth. After conducting some research, we discovered this is a limitation Microsoft has purposely implemented in Windows 10.
According to the “How to connect an Xbox One Wireless Controller to a Windows PC” support page, only one Xbox One S controller can connect to a Windows 10 PC with the controller needing to support Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. If you want to connect more than one Xbox One S controller to your Windows 10 PC, you’re going to have to purchase the new Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows. The adapter supports either eight Xbox One wireless controllers, four Xbox One wireless controllers and Xbox Chat Headset, or two Xbox One wireless controllers and Xbox Stereo Headset.
While Microsoft took a step in the right direction as it finally allows consumers to use their Xbox One controller on their Windows PC wirelessly, in typical fashion, it took two steps back by limiting how many can be connected via Bluetooth. Meanwhile, those who figured out how to connect DualShock 4 controllers to their Windows 10 PC have been enjoying it, especially since you can connect multiple controllers without any sort of limitations.