Does Xbox One support Bluetooth?

Xbox One S and Xbox wireless controller
Xbox One S and Xbox wireless controller (Image credit: Windows Central)

Does Xbox One support Bluetooth?

Why doesn't Xbox One support Bluetooth?

The Xbox One launched without Bluetooth support and half a decade later, it remains absent. It means Bluetooth controllers, headsets, keyboards, and mice aren't compatible with the console. Microsoft has ruled out the common wireless standard for its Xbox One family, pushing its proprietary Xbox Wireless protocol instead. This in-house technology can be used by cable-free controllers and headsets on Xbox One, building an ecosystem of licensed peripherals.

If you're an Xbox One owner, you've likely been using Xbox Wireless for years without even knowing it. The radio frequency (RF) module embedded in all Xbox One consoles taps into this protocol, boasting a higher-frequency connection over standard 2.4GHz Bluetooth. It primarily reduces latency, while packing support for wireless stereo audio, impulse triggers, and more on Xbox controllers. Microsoft's Xbox Wireless is ultimately superior as the "premium" experience, though it lacks the ubiquity of Bluetooth.

Xbox One S

Xbox One S (Image credit: Windows Central)

A cynical mindset can also frame this as a lockdown of the Xbox accessories lineup. Microsoft has full control over the wireless Xbox gamepad range, with all wireless controllers designed internally. And while third-party headsets can use the Xbox Wireless chip, the barrier of obtaining Microsoft's blessing remains. We've also seen the Xbox One welcome more accessories with formal mouse and keyboard support, though this is limited to wired or wireless adapters over USB.

Best wireless Xbox accessory picks

Although a lack of Bluetooth limits your options, an extensive range of wireless accessories are available on Xbox One. Compatible cable-free devices leverage Xbox Wireless, infrared, or other dedicated adapters, all establishing reliable wireless for the living room. We've rounded up our favorite gaming companions tested for the full Xbox console range.

Microsoft delivers leading Xbox One wireless controllers, with an extensive range of colorways on sale. Now shipping its third-generation design, the latest controllers provide a comfortable, ergonomic in-hand fit, backed by nearly two decades of Xbox expertise. New controllers also sport an integrated 3.5mm audio jack, alongside a grippy textured rear finish.

And despite the lack of Bluetooth support on Xbox One consoles, all modern controllers still double up with Bluetooth connectivity for PCs and mobiles.

Premium wireless audio doesn't get better than the LucidSound LS35X; a streamlined headset that goes beyond the essentials. Hooking into Xbox Wireless delivers a seamless adapter-free setup, backed by rich, powerful audio and microphone capabilities. Topped with impressive build quality and comfort, the LS35X packs the best balance of performance and value.

The G613's roster of features already make for a great keyboard and the convenience of wireless takes this to the next level. Logitech merges its a gaming-primed design with easy setup, while still retaining an affordable price. If you want a high-performance, high-value keyboard, this is your best pick.

The Logitech G Pro is a reliable wireless gaming tool, packing a sleek-all black design and untethered performance you expect. Its ambidextrous "endoskeleton" design also weighs just 80 grams, delivering that extra edge across the Xbox One's compatible games lineup.

The Razer Turret for Xbox One isn't cheap but improves every aspect of the mouse and keyboard living room experience. It seats a hefty, high-quality combo into a comfortable lapboard, with various refinements tailored to Xbox gamers. While it's not budget-friendly, the Turret packs a collection of features you can't find elsewhere.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.