E3 2016: You Can Use Microsoft's New Xbox One S Controller On PC Without A Dongle

Saving you some money!


How many times have you looked around for a controller when sitting down for a game on PC, grabbed an Xbox One controller, and forgot that you needed a special dongle for it to work?

That's soon to be an issue of the past if you pick up one of the latest Xbox One controllers, which will work wirelessly on your PC without a dongle. This is the same controller that will ship with the new Xbox One S, and it doesn't have a special name or anything like that to differentiate it, but this new controller is a massive improvement over the one that came before it.

It'll support Bluetooth in addition to WiFi Direct, which means you can use the controller with any device that supports Bluetooth, including your tablet, phone, laptop, and PC. If you don't have a Bluetooth dongle you'll need that to make sure you're covered, but as far as Microsoft's dongle, you're home free.

Pick up the controller when it releases for $60.

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    June 15, 2016 7:45 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, E3 2016: You Can Use Microsoft's New Xbox One S Controller On PC Without A Dongle

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      June 15, 2016 9:55 AM

      Does that mean I can connect using my home wifi through my router, or is this just I don't need a MS dongle but I still need a bluetooth dongle? Can I plug it in with a wire?

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        June 15, 2016 10:53 AM

        You'll need one or the other.

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        June 15, 2016 12:05 PM

        wifi direct is how it connects to the XBone. BT is what you'll need to connect to a PC. Wifi direct doesn't use a router at all, its for directly connect devices.

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          June 15, 2016 2:02 PM

          I see, cheers.

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          June 15, 2016 2:15 PM

          If your PC has a wireless card but is connected to the router over an Ethernet cable, does WiFi Direct work then? Like since it will go directly to the PC or is it just totally different?

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        June 15, 2016 2:57 PM

        Dongle is such a funny word.

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      June 15, 2016 11:06 AM


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        June 15, 2016 11:21 AM

        The link has bluetooth so it should.

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      June 15, 2016 1:07 PM

      I'd rather hook it up via usb, hopefully that's an option.

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        June 15, 2016 2:07 PM

        It is on the current ones, you just need a micro USB cable

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          June 15, 2016 3:18 PM

          Oh, cool. It didn't work on wireless 360 controllers so I assumed it was still the case.

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      June 15, 2016 1:23 PM

      Have they said if the Pro controller will get these updates?

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      June 15, 2016 2:28 PM

      I wonder if performance is the same? I mean, the PS4 uses regular bluetooth (or some recent revision) and seems just as responsive as the xbox wireless pad.


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        June 15, 2016 3:16 PM

        Battery life could have been a reason. Xbox one controllers can go weeks on a single set of batteries.

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      June 15, 2016 2:42 PM

      Gotta rebuy all my controllers. At least if I sell them and the dongle it won't be too bad.

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      June 15, 2016 4:34 PM

      Wonder why wifi direct has not gotten more traction?
      Its seems on paper to be WAY better than blue tooth

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