Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 just got three times smaller
The latest revision of the Xbox Wireless Adapter offers a smaller form factor, while seemingly dropping support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Microsoft has unveiled the latest revision of the Xbox Wireless Adapter – its official USB accessory for connecting Xbox One controllers to Windows PCs. Improving on the original model first introduced in 2015, the new adapter comes in at 66 percent smaller or in other words, a third of the size.
Like the original, the new Xbox Wireless adapter adds support for Microsoft's proprietary "Xbox Wireless" communication protocol to any Windows 10 PC. Allowing for up to eight Xbox One controllers on a single device, the dongle is a quick and easily solution to add your existing wireless gamepads to a PC.
One of the major critiques of the adapter's first revision was its form factor – protruding three inches from a USB port. While this was a valid solution for desktops, the sheer size proved to be problematic with laptops and other small-form PCs. With the latest version shrunk down to a third of the size, this should be especially appealing for gaming on the go.
It also appears that this revision has dropped support Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs – a feature previously offered by the original adapter. After previous public outcry for the first adapter's Windows 10 exclusivity, Microsoft manually added compatibility for earlier versions of its operating system after launch.
The latest version of the Xbox Wireless Adapter will soon be available for preorder, via the Microsoft Store. Priced similarly to the original, the device will begin shipping for $24.99 in the United States, from August 8. The adapter will also be available bundled alongside a controller (opens in new tab), priced at $79.99. Other markets will see the smaller design, although these are yet to be specified.
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The signal is better too, wifi direct has more bandwidth, more range, and supposedly less latency than BT (although these might not be as apparent depending on how far away you are). Personally, the controller was far easier to connect with the wifi adapter than with BT (BT took several tries and dropped more than once). Also, the Elite controller doesn't have BT.
I often stream my Xbox One games from downstairs to my ultrabook in my room, however, the original adapter overhangs and takes up the space of my second USB port, meaning I can't also connect my Ethernet adapter too for strong connection and "Very High" quality streaming.
If I use Bluetooth, I loose the ability to chat and use my headset, meaning lonely multiplayer gaming whilst my friends all talk in the party.
Judging by the new form factor, I can use both my Ethernet adapter, and Wireless Adapter and headset through the controller and ensure no lag in my game as everything will then be hard wired!