New Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 releases in 2018 for U.S.
Looking forward to the new Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10? You might be waiting for a while longer.
Updated August 16, 2017: Microsoft has officially reached out to us to clarify that the Xbox Wireless Adapter wasn't initially planned to release on August 8, 2017. While August 8 was displayed on the Xbox U.S. site at the time of the announcement, this was incorrect and was amended at a later date. While this doesn't mean an official delay was seen, it's still looking likely that you'll be waiting for some time for the adapter in the U.S. The new Xbox Wireless Adapter is still looking like a promising revision and for now, we recommend checking back at the Microsoft Store for any further updates.
Earlier this month, Microsoft unveiled a revised version of its Xbox Wireless Adapter – a USB solution for connecting Xbox One controllers to Windows 10 PCs. Although its core functionality is unchanged, the new adapter comes in at one-third of the size, fixing a common critique of the original shipped back in 2015.
When first announced, Microsoft specified that the new adapter would debut in the U.S. on August 8, 2017, with a staggered rollout across other markets. However, viewing the Microsoft Store, the adapter is now scheduled to release on January 31, 2018 – nearly six months later than the original date. Although this looked to be an arbitrary placeholder, the adapter is suffering confirmed delays in certain locations.
Speaking to Windows Central, a Microsoft representative has confirmed the updated Xbox Wireless Adapter is expected to be available in the U.S. during January 2018. While this date is subject to change, some countries are still set to get the adapter sooner, with launch dates varying between markets.
Going by Microsoft Store listings, it appears Japan will be the first to get the adapter on August 24. Australia and New Zealand are set to receive the device this September, followed by the U.S. and Canada in January. Launch windows for other countries are yet to be announced.
The new Xbox Wireless Adapter will begin at $24.99 in the U.S., with equivalent pricing in other regions. In the meantime, it's recommended that you keep an eye on your region's Microsoft Store, for further information on the device going forward.
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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.