Xbox Wireless accessory support could be integrated in your next PC

Microsoft has announced an expansion of its Xbox Wireless devices program. Many upcoming Windows 10 PCs will offer integrated support for those gaming accessories, with a number of third-party companies participating.

The first Windows 10 PC to add support for Xbox Wireless products is the just announced Lenovo's IdeaCentre Y710. Microsoft stated:

With built-in Xbox Wireless, this PC supports all Xbox One wireless accessories — such as the Xbox Wireless Controller — straight out of the box, without needing any additional adapters or wires.

Xbox Wireless supported Windows 10 PCs will be able to connect up to eight Xbox Wireless Controllers at once. Microsoft adds:

Windows 10 PCs with built-in Xbox Wireless support give gamers a number of premium ways to play together or alone. Exact implementation in our partners' devices and accessories will vary based on the type of device and the partner themselves. In the IdeaCentre Y710, for example, we are using the Xbox Wireless Adapter and integrating it inside the physical chassis – the first time this has ever been done officially. In the future, we plan to enable direct integration of Xbox Wireless into PC motherboards with our hardware partners.

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Other companies such as Astro, HyperX, Mad Catz, PDP, Plantronics, Razer, SteelSeries, and Turtle Beach will be releasing Xbox Wireless support devices in the future. They can be identified with the logo above on their boxes.

John Callaham