Windows gamers can finally use the Xbox One controller thanks to new drivers

Windows PC gamers who have been waiting for official Xbox One controller drivers can finally have that access. Microsoft has now released official 32-bit and 64-bit x86 Windows drivers for the controller.

Microsoft has been promising this support for some time. Indeed, a third party programmer was clearly getting impatient with the wait and in March he released a software hack that enabled the controller to work on Windows.

However, these newly released drivers come with the full support of Microsoft. According to Xbox Live's director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb:

The new PC drivers will enable the Xbox One controller to be used with any game that featured gamepad support for the Xbox 360 controller. Simply download the drivers, connect your Xbox One controller to your computer through a micro USB cable and you'll be gaming in no time.

This driver release is actually something that Microsoft is offering a bit early to hardcore PC gamers. The same software will be included in a future automatic update to Windows.

Keep in mind these Xbox One controller drivers are for the x86 versions of Windows that run on Intel and AMD processors. The drivers do not support Windows RT, which means that owners of Microsoft's Surface RT and Surface 2 are currently out of luck. There's no word when, or if, Microsoft will offer similar drivers for Windows RT. There's also no word if there will be any future support for the controller's wireless features for Windows.

Source: 32-bit and 64-bit drivers via Major Nelson

John Callaham
  • Yes!!!!! :'D Hallelujer
  • So many updates! So much goodness!
  • Awesomeness
  • Yeaa :) Now FIFA 14 will be a lot of fun!
  • I was doing just fine with my Xbox360 controller.
  • I can't even play 360 games anymore because the One controller is (IMO) so much better. Sure, the 360 controller is fine - until you play with an XBOX One controller..
  • The X1 controller is nice, and I appreciate it being the new standard of quality for controllers to come... But the razer 360 controllers are much better.
  • I prefer the 360 controller over the XBone one.
  • Rad!
  • Nevermind, this is not what I thought it was.
  • I hope that was sarcasm. Xbox 360 controller drivers have been around for years.
  • Notice the edit. This for a wired connection. I was hoping for sometype of wireless connection, without the dongle. 
  • Unfortunately they chose tech based around white-fi instead of wifi direct
  • Excellent
  • Wp too please.
  • I can finally get rid of that damn annoying Afterglow PC controller.
  • Does the controller work on steam also???
  • Please try to actually read the article dude:  It doesn't matter about Steam. "The new PC drivers will enable the Xbox One controller to be used with any game that featured gamepad support for the Xbox 360 controller"  
  • Give me Games titles to play with it?
  • Play any game you want with it
  • x86 AND x64.
  • Was also confused. Though I think they mean 32 bit and 64 bit Windows x86 (the version which is not RT)
  • x86 is the architecture name, either the 32bit or 64bit(also called x86_64).
  • Wrong, x86 always refers to 32 bit or earlier 16 bit as far as Microsoft Windows goes. x64 is 64 bit.
    Confusing yes, but that's Microsoft.
    Remember a time when Windows called a stiffy a floppy.
  • That nomenclature was not created my Microsoft. Try Intel and AMD.
  • Really, no wireless and nothing special? I guess I'll be picking up a Dualshock 4, this is a poor effort after eight months.
  • Yeah, it took them so long, I would have thought they were perfecting wireless...
  • With it coming out months ago that they decided to use white-fi instead of wifi direct they should've released an adapter by now but consider the lack of media remote at launch its no surprise
  • Exactly what I was thinking :/  
  • Not wireless? Smeh
  • Yup
  • Where's the love for Windows RT? :-(
  • Exactly I love my Surface RT and have a Xbox one.
  • Will the XB360 controller work with RT?
  • Arggg....I got tired of waiting (November - Now) and returned my Xbox One launch controller and bought a second Xbox 360 Controller for my PC. The 360 controller is $20 cheaper than the One controller in my area as well. I haven't owned an Xbox since the original "Duke" Xbox but I have always used the 360 controller for my PC driving and adventure games. For shooters like Battlefield, it is keyboard and mouse all the way!!!!
  • The Duke was something else. I miss it.
  • The controller is one of the major reasons I despise console gaming and do ONLY PC gaming.  Mouse+keyboard>controller.
  • WASD and mouse clicking sucks big time. Controllers are much better.
  • Agreed, after playing Titanfall on my Xbone, the controller just feels so good compared to keyboard and mouse. (cue PC gaming master race comments about kb/m superiority)
  • yeah specially for racing or fifa or platformers or any game that isnt an fps.... 
  • Yes, any game that isn't a FPS indeed. :) Mouse and Keyboard FPS FTW ABCBBD OPP HIJKLMNOP!!!! Battlefield 4, GTX 780 SC w/ACX Ultra settings with 120% resolution scale and High Frequency Bubble set to High with a mouse and keyboard combo is simply amazing! On the other hand, my 360 controller handles duty for my racing games and Sleeping Dogs/Tomb Rainder and Dreamcast games. :)
  • U don't have control of the amount of movement u get with a control. With a keyboard pressing wasd to move, ur either pressing the keys or ur not. There is no in between. Joystick is superior since u can control how much u want to press it
  • Not wifi direct!! Fail!!
  • Laaaaame. No wireless. Seriously MS? Are you even trying?
  • Does the micro USB wire come with the Xbox One controller or do we have to buy it separately?
  • If you got a cell phone, just use the charging cable. I did that to update my Xbone controller.
  • He probably knows where to get one, and the answer is no, it's not included.
  • Hell yeah. Finaly
  • Yeah, this needs to be wireless. Most of us don't own long-enoguh micro-USB cables for this to be useful. I want to sit back about 10-15 feet on my bed and play PC games, not sit on top of my tower.
  • You do if you own a play and charge kit. That thing is long. I don't understand why its not wireless though....
  • It's 9', I think. That's about the bare minimum of acceptability to me, as it would still mean having to play from my chair, not my bed.
  • 10-15 feet! How big is your monitor? I'm 6 feet away from a 40" TV and it's just right. But yes, this really needed to be wireless. Dumb.
  • The problem is that the USB end goes in the PC, not the monitor. I use a 2 meter long HDMI cable to plug my Surface Pro to my TV, and use the loooong 360 controller cable and stay away from it while gaming on the big screen.
  • I use my 42" TV as my monitor. The thing is that I want ot play PC games at night, before bed. That means playing from my bed, about 10-15 feet from my TV. If I'm in my chair playing, I'm playing Xbox.
  • Not lets work on a driver for windows phone...
  • ..and RT and wireless support for all of them. YES PLEASE!  
  • Awesome
  • Do these drivers work with the wireless controllers for the PC?
  • This sites getting as bad as IGN no matter what news somebody has to come on and whinge about it. Nice to have a tech site where people actually appreciate the work that goes into getting these things up and running
  • Agreed.
  • No support for Surface RT/2?! Wtf. Its like they purposely dont want people to game on their flagship ARM tablets. Same goes for Windows Phone. I want to be able to use my Xbox One controller for other Microsoft products- connecting the dots on why thats cool seems to escape the people in charge.
  • I was excited up until I read the part about it being a wired controller.. Wireless drivers would be appreciated.
  • Yay. Does this work with the wireless Xbox 360 adapter or does it have to be plugged in
  • About damn time, should have been here like six months ago.  
  • Drivers for Windows phone would be nice too.
  • Seeing Back and Start be replaced... ugh...
  • Installing these tomorrow when I'm home.
  • So i can't play my controller on my 2520
  • NICE! going to try this out when I get home.
  • Finally!!!
  • Still waiting for windows phone support for usb otg to connect my Xbox 360 controller.
  • USB only? lol Microsoft. I'll stick to the DualShock4, the Bluetooth and trackpad are well worth a 5 minutes setup.