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.
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.
Xbox One Wireless Controller
Straight from Microsoft, it's among the best
Microsoft's own Xbox One controller provides all you'll need, offering a refined high-quality finish. Paired with Xbox Wireless and Bluetooth support, it's the best you'll get for wireless gaming.
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.
Free your Xbox audio
Ultra convenience meets ultra comfort
Boasting premium sound, supreme build quality, and direct-to-Xbox wireless connectivity, this is our choice for the best wireless Xbox headset on the market right now.
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.
Logitech G613 Wireless Keyboard
Clean and easy keys
Cut the tethers with the Logitech G613 wireless keyboard, positioned as the ultimate cable-free solution for gamers. Wireless is increasingly appealing, with Logitech boasting a one-millisecond report rate and its in-house Romer-G mechanical switches.
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.
Logitech G Pro
Hands-on, cable free
The Logitech G Pro was designed with the aid of professional gamers, with its HERO 16K sensor bringing a one-millisecond report rate and 16,000 DPI. This mouse is speedy and accurate, with easy plug-and-play wireless on Xbox One.
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.
Next-level wireless combo
Razer Turret for Xbox One
Controllers? Who needs them?
With wireless functionality, a magnetic mouse pad, beautiful lighting effects, and Razer's seal of quality, the Razer Turret is looking to be one of Xbox's most exciting accessories.
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.
Get the best of Windows Central in in your inbox, every day!
Thank you for signing up to Windows Central. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.