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Does the Xbox Series X, Series S Wireless Controller work on Xbox One?

Xbox Series X Controller on Xbox One
Xbox Series X Controller on Xbox One (Image credit: Windows Central)

Xbox Series X Controller

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Does the Xbox Series X, Series S Wireless Controller work on Xbox One?

Best answer: Yes, the Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller is fully compatible with older Xbox One-era consoles, and any Xbox One controllers are forward compatible with the Xbox Series X and S. Using an Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller on Xbox One gives you improved ergonomics, a superior D-Pad, and an integrated Share button, while extra Xbox One controllers lying around can make local multiplayer even simpler on Xbox Series X|S.

Backward and forward compatible

When the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S arrived on the scene to help usher in a new generation of console gaming, Microsoft also debuted a newly improved Xbox Wireless Controller to complete the package. The fresh controller features a plethora of minor improvements over its predecessor that add up to a sizeable upgrade, even if the Xbox DNA is still very strong.

Continuing its focus on game preservation, Microsoft also ensured the new Xbox Wireless Controller (and other accessories) makes it easy for players to upgrade. The latest Xbox Wireless Controller may come in the box with a brand-new Xbox Series X or S, but it's also fully compatible with older Xbox consoles, including the Xbox One, One S, and One X. The new controllers can even take advantage of built-in Bluetooth support to work with PCs, tablets, and Android and iOS devices.

If you're picking up a new Xbox Wireless Controller for your Xbox One, you'll enjoy a superior experience to regular Xbox One controllers, thanks to upgrades in key areas.

Share button and other improvements

The Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller looks very familiar on the surface, but Microsoft actually bestowed a handful of upgrades on its latest controller across the board. The new Xbox Wireless Controller features improved ergonomics courtesy of a more rounded design that works better with smaller hands, improved grips in the handles, bumpers, and triggers, and a redesigned D-pad that is wonderfully clicky and well suited to a wide variety of game genres.

There's also the new Share button, which makes it incredibly easy to capture and share screenshots and game clips with a press of a single button. Being able to share gameplay has become increasingly important in recent years, and the new Xbox Wireless Controller helps make it a seamless experience.

The new Xbox Wireless Controller finally leaves behind the archaic micro-USB charging port in favor of a universal USB Type-C port. That means that Xbox Wireless Controller can be plugged in with the same cable that powers many of the best phones, tablets, laptops, headphones, and other accessories. With improved cross-device connectivity, better build quality, the Xbox Design Lab, and other features and improvements, the new Xbox Wireless Controller is an excellent sequel to an already-fantastic controller.

Whether you're planning to stick with your Xbox One or are thinking ahead to an Xbox Series X|S, the new Xbox Wireless Controller is hands-down one of the best Xbox controllers around.

Zachary Boddy
Zachary Boddy

Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.