Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows may support one controller at a time [Update]

Unlike the wireless adapter for the Xbox 360, it appears the Xbox One Wireless Adapter may support just one controller at a time.


[Update: Microsoft has replied to our story with the following statement: " I can confirm that the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 supports up to eight Xbox One Wireless Controllers and is compatible with Windows 10 PCs."]

Microsoft is preparing to release the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windowsnext week, but if you’re planning on hooking up multiple Xbox One controllers to your PC, you may be out of luck.

The Shacknews Chatty community couldn’t find any documentation that would indicate users would be able to connect multiple Xbox One controllers to a single adapter. While the Xbox Support Twitter account didn’t have any details available, the FAQ section on the Microsoft Store tells a different story.

According to the page, the adapter only connects a single wireless controller to your PC, meaning you’d need to purchase multiple adapters in order to connect multiple controllers. Not only that, but chatting with Microsoft support resulted in the same response.

Even though Microsoft Support says the wireless adapter will connect a single Xbox One Wireless controller to our PCs, some information given by the team doesn’t appear to be correct. For example: Within the FAQ, the support team says the adapter will work with PCs that have Windows 7 and above installed, but documentation for the adapter states it only works with Windows 10 devices.

We’ve reached out to Microsoft to see if they can give us a direct answer to this question. Until then, you may want to save your money if you had any plans to connect multiple Xbox One Wireless controllers to your computer.

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    October 14, 2015 6:56 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows may support one controller at a time

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      October 14, 2015 7:03 AM

      Thanks for putting in the Sherlock work on this one. I really hope I'm wrong.

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        October 14, 2015 7:21 AM

        I hope you're wrong as well. After reading through that thread, I thought the community made some great discoveries, so I wanted to get to the bottom of this.

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          October 14, 2015 9:55 AM

          Yeah, and thanks for making an official article out of it! Hopefully they'll give some kind of concrete answer, even if it's bad :\

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            October 14, 2015 10:30 AM

            My pleasure! You guys brought up a valid point. If anything, this is Chatty's article. I'm just a sexy vessel to share your message to the world.

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      October 14, 2015 8:42 AM

      I can't think of any technical reason for this to be Win10 only and 1 controller only. Those have to be pure marketing decisions, and extremely poor ones at that. Well, okay, I could give them the Win10 thing so they wouldn't have to worry about legacy os system support over the life of the product. But 1 controller per adapter is just greed, pure and simple.

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      October 14, 2015 11:44 AM

      man, that would really blow. luckily i still have a working legit 360 adapter.

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      October 14, 2015 11:50 AM

      Lol. So now we are writing articles based on no information. Cmon guys

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        October 14, 2015 12:56 PM

        This is actually done right. There's no bait. It's an evolving story that's being reported on, but nothing substantial has been stated.

        Headline says "...may support one controller..." and since it is being reported in an honest way, it might help us get the answers we want!

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      October 14, 2015 3:41 PM

      Microsoft remains committed to PC gaming.

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