PC gets unofficial support for Xbox One controller

The Xbox 360 controller is pretty much the unofficial PC controller too, but Xbox One's new gamepad is not yet supported. Microsoft has promised an update this year, but you're a PC gamer--why wait?

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The Xbox 360 controller is pretty much the unofficial PC controller too, but Xbox One's new gamepad is not yet supported. Microsoft has promised an update this year, but you're a PC gamer--why wait?

An enterprising modder, Lucas Assis, has created a driver that lets you trick your PC into thinking the Xbox One controller is an Xbox 360. It's similar to the process required to make DualShock 4 controllers work on PC.

You'll have to grab some drivers for this trick to work. A "confident" Windows user should have no trouble getting this workaround to, well, work. You can download the drivers here (via Gamespot).

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    March 13, 2014 11:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, PC gets unofficial support for Xbox One controller.

    The Xbox 360 controller is pretty much the unofficial PC controller too, but Xbox One's new gamepad is not yet supported. Microsoft has promised an update this year, but you're a PC gamer--why wait?

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      March 13, 2014 11:31 AM

      I was surprised to see this featured inside of Steam's UI.

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      March 13, 2014 12:00 PM

      Does the controller talk over bluetooth?

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      March 13, 2014 12:03 PM

      Awesome I will check this out tonight.

      Any one think it is completely unreasonable and stupid that there is not a XB1 driver for Windows yet by MS?

      I don't understand it, it makes no sense.

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        March 13, 2014 12:06 PM

        Yeah, seems really weird looking at it from a technology standpoint. The XBO is x86, so it would seem easy to bring over, and they must have had prototypes working on PC long before the thing shipped. I'd have to guess that it has more to do with manufacturing and they don't want PC gamers to buy up all the gamepads and create a barrier to selling more consoles.

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          March 13, 2014 2:17 PM

          Nice one -> "to do with manufacturing and they don't want PC gamers to buy up all the gamepads and create a barrier to selling more consoles" that sounds totally logical bet that is it. Still if you know customers X have a demand for product Z you would think they would make more but I guess MS was happy to get enough for the XB1 so that makes sense.

          Well it will be cool once it is officially support for the PC I really like the controller.

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      March 13, 2014 12:04 PM

      What is the benefit of the Xbox One controller over the 360 one that would make one want to use an unofficial release instead of wait for the official one?

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        March 13, 2014 12:09 PM

        The One controller can work via wired or wireless so to use it on the pc you just have to plug in a micro usb cable to it.

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          March 13, 2014 12:17 PM

          Ok, I can see that as a benefit. My dad won an Xbox 360 Controller with the wireless PC dongle a few years back online and game it to me. I'll just keep using that.

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          March 13, 2014 1:36 PM

          I think the rumble triggers are a bigger sell, there just aren't any games that I know of that make use of them on PC.

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        March 14, 2014 3:35 AM

        Feels nicer, wouldn't want to go back to 360 one

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      March 13, 2014 12:12 PM

      How is the d-pad on the xone controller? I'm not a huge fan of the DS4 d-pad. Pressing the diagonal directions on accident happens too often because of the indented center.

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        March 13, 2014 12:13 PM

        It seems worse than the d-pad on the 360 controller, which was already sorta bad.

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          March 13, 2014 12:28 PM

          That sucks :(

          I really hope the steam controller rules and has a good d-pad

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          March 13, 2014 12:35 PM

          Yeah, the Xbox One D-pad boggles my mind. They said they specifically addressed it for the new system, and it's still terrible. Maybe even worse!

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            March 13, 2014 1:12 PM

            That sucks. You think companies would be better at d-pads after Sega perfected it with the Saturn 20 years ago.

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              March 13, 2014 1:49 PM

              The Sega Saturn D-Pad is the hotness? I thought the SNES D-Pad was perfect. Maybe just because I grew up with it, but I did have the Saturn too.

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                March 13, 2014 9:54 PM

                I prefer the SNES D-Pad as well, but it comes down to personal taste and I have some very good examples of both in my collection (as you can see in my post below...I've got SNES controllers and a Super Famicom controller that I use along with a Super Famicom Classic Controller for the Wii (not to mention the boxed and sealed SNES, NES, and Super Famicom Classic Controllers I have that I don't use)...and I've got an offical Sega Playstation2 Saturn controller along with two official Sega USB Saturn controllers (all imported from Japan a while back before the slew of knock-offs hit the market)).

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                March 14, 2014 2:47 AM

                Specifically, the smaller, Japanese revision of the Saturn Pad. The first American Saturn controllers were big and clunky. Later they made the Japanese model standard in all regions.

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            March 13, 2014 10:04 PM

            I'd add that having taken apart a few Playstation 1, Playstation 2, and SNES controllers in the past, the principles behind them are surpisingly similar between the PSX/PS2 and SNES pads (and they're both made by mitsumi who also made the NES and Wii pads among many many many others). That's probably why the D-Pad on the PSX/PS2 and PS3 is superior to the 360's...its made similarly to a proven concept and its made by a company that has a LOT of experience making really great controllers with really great D-Pads (though Mitsumi also made the original "Duke" controllers for the XBox along with the first wave of Controller S or Type-S or whatever controllers that were sold in Japan before they made them standard everywhere...so they have experience making bad D-Pads as well).

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      March 13, 2014 1:31 PM

      Microsoft really needs to put a team together dedicated to representing games on their Windows desktop and mobile platforms.

      It's odd that support for the Xbox One controller on PC wasn't ready to go a month after the Xbox One launch. I know they've got other things going on (new CEO / New product launches), but I can't help but think Microsoft needs some focus.

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      March 13, 2014 1:34 PM

      [fry]

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      March 13, 2014 1:50 PM

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        March 13, 2014 2:14 PM

        You wouldn't use it wirelessly right now. It would have to be wired just like the ds3/ds4. Plus is like I said above you just need a microusb cable and data is then sent wired.

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      March 13, 2014 2:10 PM

      should i even try getting this to work in bf4 for easier piloting

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      March 14, 2014 3:55 AM

      I bought a DS4 and Bluetooth adapter to use on my PC, I had to download the wrapper to allow it to run as an Xbox controller for games but it's been pretty nice anyway.

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