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Your Xbox One controller is about to get a whole lot better

Microsoft is rolling out a firmware update for the Xbox One controller that enables the controller to connect to the console in roughly two seconds, down from the five or so seconds it used to take to pair previously. The firmware update also brings a host of user-requested fixes along with improved stability.

Members in the Xbox Preview Program are receiving the update now, with a wider rollout to all Xbox One owners likely scheduled for later this quarter. If you're in the preview program, here's how to update your controller firmware:

  • Connect a controller to your Xbox One with a USB cable. Keep any headsets connected to the controller.
  • Connect to Xbox Live.
  • Press the Menu
  • Go to Settings > Devices & accessories. Select the controller.
  • If you have multiple controllers attached, you can select Buzz – which will cause the selected controller to vibrate.
  • Then select Update to download the new firmware to the controller attached via the USB cable, and the screen will show the Updating controller … progress screen
  • When you see the Controller updated screen, press 'B' to go back to the Devices & accessories main page
  • Reselect the controller, the Firmware version, should now be: 1.2.2236.0

If you run into any difficulties during the update, be sure to head to the Xbox One controller page (opens in new tab) as well as the troubleshooting guide (opens in new tab).

Source: Major Nelson

Thanks John and Nicholas for the tips!

143 Comments
  • It really is amazing how fast it is now
  • Now we're just waiting for the keyboard attachment. Oh how I miss that from xb360.
  • The most we have right now is USB keyboard support, so grab anything wireless that isn't a Logitech EX100, and type away! (EX100's keyboard has extremely short range.)
  • I bought a very cheesy one from China lol. It does fit on your controller and has a USB receiver and the buttons are too soft but it does the job also no chat cable port
  • I know they say we should plug in our headsets to it to update, but is that REQUIRED? Because I just want to update the controller. Never use the headset lol
  • How cool is that 2 seconds I impressive!
  • A lot better than before!
  • (Can't edit for some reason...) Xbox button vibration feels a lot softer/smoother. We'll see if battery life is extended. Fingers crosses, I've been through 5 sets since Christmas!
  • They beat the 3 second Wii remote pairing time, at that. Or did they match it? I'll time it, then see
  • Sadly they need to fix wired support a controller I picked up during boxing week(to take my fragile dayone out of service) I have to keep disconnecting reconnecting to get it to pair. Is there some special way to permanently pair it?
  • Still no wireless solution for windows.
  • Doubt that will come any time soon without the purchase of additional hardware for your PC. I wouldn't expect anything anytime soon. Maybe e3??
  • I would be happy to buy a wireless dongle for it to work on my PC wirelessly with the headset, but it seems like PC gaming is the last thing Microsoft cares about.    
  • As long as it's as small as a Logitech nano receiver, I'd also be happy. Of course, no love for PC.
  • I guess an entirely new OS that allowes you to stream your games to the PC counts as no love for PC huh?
  • Yes, but if streaming games requires a controller, I'm going to want to do that wirelessly...
  • Idk, the previous solution for wireless was kind of crappy. You still had to have a decent sized piece of hardware on a wire, that used up a lot of your USB power bus. I use my Xbox controller wired a lot. It never has to be recharged, and I don't have to re-pair it to my Xbox after. I have no problems with it as a wired solution. People are generally a lot closer to their PC than their console.
  • But that was like 10 years ago. Tech has evolved since then.
  • I don't have an Xbox so I can't empathize with you. GabeN is my lord and savior.
  • not if you look at wath microsoft anonce for win 10, maby with the release of winsowa 10... at lease it should br support via USB
  • They probably don't see wireless support as a big deal, seeing as many PC gamers reject wireless mice/keyboards.   The fact is, the controller already works on the PC.  How many people fall into the usage case of wanting to use the XBO controller on the PC, but refuse to do so because of the wired-only functionality?
  • that doesnt matter, they "claim" to be bringing gaming back to the pc, but they cant even make something so simple as a wireless connection dongle for the pc, something they already for 360 controllers a long time ago, microsoft cant support two systems, they can give exclusivity to the xbox one and then claim to be bring pc gaming back, in simple terms, if they are serious about this, whatever the xbox one gets, PC should get, and pc should never get a less functional version of something either. Until they do this, I will never believe microsoft is serious about pc gaming.
  • I *kind of* get your beef, although it still feels mostly like whine. You do realize that creating a piece of hardware, regardless of how simple you think it might be, is a bit of an undertaking, right? Further, that there is a priority list for things like this, and that this specific thing that you want might not be on the top of that list?  Hell, I am an XBO owner and a PC gamer, and it's not in the top 50 of the list for what I want to see out of MS. Lastly, when it comes to 'serious about PC gaming'...  Who is more serious about it?  Apple?  Google?  Redhat?   
  • Just because the competitors aren't trying doesn't mean what little microsoft has done is trying Currently, the only step Microsoft has taken towards their promise of reviving PC gaming is dx12 Streaming xbo to PC? That's cool, but its not gonna help PC gaming, the Xbox app.. /could/ help if they follow it up with something more. And as for the hardware..its already made... In the xbo.. Just give it a separate casing and write a driver for it. Done. Any idiot with a 3d printer can do half of that for Microsoft, cant tell me its not a relatively simple task to complete.
  • DX12, extending XBLive functionality to PC devs (and users- being able to BS on XBL while playing WoW will be sweet), working towards enabling cross-platform play, the possibility of single-purchase...  Even the universal app platform benefits PC gaming, as it creates an ever-larger market MS Store 'app' games.  Streaming does quite a lot to help PC gaming- just not the PC gaming you're doing.  It seems like they're doing quite a lot with an eye toward bringing PC gaming back into the fold.for (I'd be willing to bet that, by the end f this generation, they will have created an 'Xbox' liscensing program for the PC that fully bridges the platforms. Heck, even the fact that they released the XBO was a boon to PC gaming, as it raised the bar in regard to baseline graphics.  That's not to mention the PC architecture inside the box which will allow for more and more rapid cross-platform moves. Could they do more? Sure.  Have you made any case for why the one specific thing you think they should be doing as *Priority One* should bump their plans and market research?  Nope. (Also, I wonder which wireless standard the controller runs on?  My tower has wifi and bluetooth, soo...  No need for some stupid dongle.)
  • I do.
  • I am really dissapointed by this as well. I guess this is what Microsoft meant by recomitment to PC gaming. /s    
  • I am sure it will work great with the Xbox app to stream your Xbox One games to a Windows 10 PC
  • Yeah, I can't imagine them making it so inconvenient to stream games by requiring a cable all the time.
  • I really don't see the point of streaming Xbox games to PC, it is of zero interest to PC gamers anyway. TB summed it up well here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beny_-IJAyE
  • He got off to a bad start misunderstanding the whole video capture feature claiming it could already be done the way MS implemented it. As a member of PCMR I don't have any use for game streaming (I don't even own any console), but I bet there are A LOT of households that have less powerful PCs and they can certainly benefit from it. Not to mention the ability to game "on" XBO even when the TV it's attached to is being used.
  • Yeah, there are plenty of uses. I for one will be setting up 'thin client gaming' on every TV in the house so my games can follow me wherever I go without worrying about multiple consoles and game sharing.
  • Its more for streaming to tablets tbh so you can play elsewhere.
  • I think people are missing the point of streaming to your PC. Obviously it's not for dedicated PC gamers, they wouldn't even likely have an exbox, since they are, well, dedicated PC gamers. But the Xbox, being a device that has attempted to and somewhat successfully taken over the livingroom for a lot of people can potentially be a fight for certain households. Maybe someone wants to watch TV while someone else wants to play xbox. Now, there's no argument, Just stream to the PC. Speaking of taking the Xbox out of the living room in that sense, people are more apt to buy a nice IPS monitor with brighter colors and all kinds of goodies before they buy one for the livingroom. Cost being a prohibitve measure for many there. Stream to the PC and now you can use that nice pretty monitor  for your Xbox without picking it up and moving it.
  • But then you can further stream those to SteamOS!
  • You can use Xbox controller as gamepad for you PC!!!
  • yea, we got lazy support for the xbo controller lacking any way of connecting it wirelessly
  • I need the Xbox preview program! Somebody hook me up! Sean1robertson. Are there really that many bugs? Or is a great, seamless experience?
  • Bugs horrendous bugs some in 3d others in glitches. It's an undesirable experience at times. I have been thinking of quiting, but windows 10 is changing my mind as those features will come to testers sooner.
  • No bugs here.
  • I have been on the program since day one and other than some minor issues (minor bugs) which is why they have a preview program to weed out stuff it is great.
  • Really? I've never experienced even one bug in the Xbox Preview Programme.
  • The last update killed my Kinect. Now it hardly works. Very annoying.
  • Had that one sent mine back for warranty
  • I must play more. You never had the one that locked up your system so you need to power cycle it. Can't say how many times that had happened. As for 3d if experienced the odd glitch bit usually causes me to power cycle.
  • I'll send you an invite when my update finishes. I haven't noticed a single bug tbb.
  • Is there any chance you could send me an invite too? GT: BuraBlaster
    I'd be most grateful!
  • I wouldn't mind being a part of the program either, gt: funkyGeneral
  • Dash540 .. I wouldn't mind being a part of it as well, an invite from anyone would be greatly appreciated!
  • I would love to be invited as well. I've been looking for a way in for months! Copiondor is my name! Please?
  • invite as well please buffalosolja44
  • Can I get an invite please GT: smilez787
  • I would love an invite GT: SGA NateDogg
  • Any chance you could send me an invite too? GT: EduardoRipp Thanks a lot!
  • If you or anyone would be able to send me an invite, I would be very appreciative! GT is Mister Gore 13
  • I would really appreciate one as well. GT: Mantikos
  • I would like an invite. GT is DeusAeon
  • I'd like an invite too. How do I get in after an invite? I have been invited before, but never saw anything. GT: JPDVM360
  • You have to wait they may or may not send more info
  • Can I be invited too please?...gt: matadorprime. Thank u in advance.
  • Been on preview for a while nothing wrong with it that I can see
  • Can i havd an Invite, too? Thanks! Gamertag is HeidexD
  • Could you send me an invite too? That would be very nice ^^ GT: ChrisK17897
  • Could I get one too? GT: cwc2311
  • Installed yes does seams faster
  • Fancy inviting me? ;) PurpleOmen
  • Seems faster
  • That's the reply I was looking for!
  • Need wireless connection to Windows Phones and PC's now!
  • Good luck with that. We all were dreaming.
  • lol ikr siigh, possibility though now that everyhtings coming togeather with windows 10
  • Isn't that called Smartglass?
  • How about releasing a wireless dongle to use the Xbox One controller on the PC just as we could with the 360 controller. And how about support for the headset on the PC> To be honest I am regreting getting the new controller, since MS has close to no support for the controller for PC gamers. I hope this changes ASAP.    
  • And that's pretty absurd considering how the 360 wireless receiver supported both wireless 360 headsets and wired (which you plug into the controller). Which was really cool. Now in 2015 you can't even use the controller by itself wirelessly.
  • We cannot update the firmware on PC, this is sad.
  • Can it be ANY usb? Help me please guys
  • Yea
  • No it must be a special USB designed by Apple sold via Google play store.
  • don't be a douche, it could actually matter which usb cable you use, as some cables only allow for data transfer while other cables only charge, or both
  • No USB-certified cable does anything like that. You'd have to be buying some pretty dodgy cables to get ones that only do half the job.
  • There are dedicated USB charging cables though. Just for power banks. These cannot be used to transfer data.
  • If I wanted a shitty reply I'd ask for one, idiot.
  • Wireless option on PC when
  • This works great on my 1520
  • No preview program for me :(
  • It's an Xbox One controller thus Xbox One is the priority. In the mean time please go back to the lame point and click method.... Thank you
  • except they promised to care about pc gaming again, and thats impossible while they ares still focusing on the xbo and handing lay seconds to the pc..
  • And one day, everyone will be happy and say thanks! We can dream
  • They need to allow them to recalibrate. I own three and two have lost their 0,0 origin, allowing the controller to drift when left in the rest position. Looking online, this is a pretty common problem.
  • Anyone willing to invite me to the preview program: GT: AEROV95
  • Willing to make interesting trades for invite to preview program. Gamertag: bean soaker. I have some Steam games I can gift you as compensation for your time. ​ ​ ​
  • Xbox have a pretty awesome return/replace/repair system, if you can be without it for a couple of weeks their probably replace it. Find it on Xbox.com, under Hardware when logged in.
  • What the fuck? Any normal controller calibrates every time it boots up. This has been the case since the N64 days. What the hell did Microsoft do to fuck up that behavior?
  • Sounds impressive. If anyone fancies inviting me into the program my gt is "Rod Hull" (with the space but without the quotation marks). I'll send you bucket loads of good will.
  • Could someone invite me to the Xbox one preview program please it would mean so much My GT is KingKamehameha8
  • Can somebody invite me to the Xbox One Preview program? I want to use the new features. I will invite other guys aswell, so we all get the new updates :) My gamertag: mpum Thanks very much
  • Wireless support for windows 10 or GTFO
  • Not just Windows 10, Windows 7 & 8 as well, and ASAP, been waiting long enogh already.    
  • Much faster
  • Been waiting for wireless controller use with my surface and Lumia, bought the controller and everything believing in the near possibility, I am know I read Microsoft promising it over a year ago.
  • Microsoft likes to promise but not deliver on anything. Hell PC gamers were waiting nearly a year to get a stupid driver for the controller just to work, if this is the type of support PC gamers can expect Microsoft can shove it.    
  • You have to complete a quest first too in order to get the update. For all those asking for an invite, just go in the forums. There is someone there inviting everyone that sends a message to them.
  • The Preview Forum is private, accessible only by those who are already in the preview program. Shame on you, sir, for trying to send people on such a fruitless quest. I'll take my invite now. GT: bean soaker In all seriousness, if anyone out there who can invite me to the preview program is also a Steam member, I will reciporacate your kindness with the gift of a couple of Steam games.
  • Dude I'm being serious. Go into the window's central forum and search xbox invite. There is someone called peachy001 or something like that and the first post is instructions of how to request the invite. They added me, really helpful nice person. Good luck.
  • Sorry, I misunderstood, and thought you were talking about the actual Microsoft Xbox Preview Program forum, which is restricted. And I wasn't really mad or anything, just joking around. Thanks for the heads up.
  • Have a look at that later need to start on the new saints row
  • Anyone have issues with their XBOX ONE controller randomly disconnecting from their console?
    New batteries makes no difference. Re-synced it too.
  • Yep having the exact same issues. Hope this update will fix that.
  • Yes! I've been having this issue since Day One. Very frustrating. Nothing Xbox Support has told me has helped.
  • Same issue. Super annoying. On top of that, some days I can't power on my system using the controller and it requires me to re-sync it constantly. Also annoying.
  • Sure do, it randomly disconnects. I use a turtle beach headset and the sound always stops first then I know the controller is about to stop working. The only way I can get it back working is to restart the Xbox! Maybe this update will fix it, fingers crossed.
  • Had this since launch on the different controllers. Can't say for certain, but seems this is fixed now. At least I had no disconnects during my couple three hours of gaming last night.
  • Any issue since the update?   Really hope its fixed.
  • Unfortunately, no it's not fixed. I had a good run of two or three days where they worked flawlessly, but then, just as I was ready to call it fixed my Day One controller started disconnecting/reconnecting again. Yesterday, my DO controller needed charging so I used one of the others and that immediately ran into the same reconnect issue. I ran one of my consoles with the Kinect unplugged thru the summer and not once did that reconnect. Once I setup the Kinect again same problem. Not sure if thats just a coincidence or what, but... I have a feeling it happens when there is a lot going on at once - so a runaway process of some kind eating CPU cycles which would otherwise keep the controller paired.
  • Thanks. There is no Kinect on the ONE I am having the problem with. Its a pity that its still happening after the update. Thanks for the reply.
     
  • Can someone invite me to the preview program please?
  • I would like to get into the preview program. Someone please toss bitnissedalton an invite.
  • Done! Might take a while, but Xbox Live will send you a message to download the Xbox Preview Dashboard and get registered, which may also take a while.
  • Cool
  • I don't want to troll, but when do we get the Controller wireless to your PC? I want to buy one and play from my bed.
  • I play using cable, wish we could use it on pc, but a wireless receiver is needed
  • I got the receiver from my xbox360 controller. I guess this receiver will not work with the new controller. I guess they changed the protocoll a bit, and the aditional feature like vibration with the trigers.
  • Best Gamepad Ever!!!
  • So i use my xbox controller on Pc, is that firmware going to make me any good? Should I look for an xbox one console to update The controller firm?
  • Please, If somebody invites me to preview program, I would be very happy :3
    my id: mrB4el
  • I just updated it and it takes 5 seconds to turn on still, cheers Microsoft.
  • Please make sure your controller firmware version is 1.2.2236.0
    If not, make sure to update your system.
  • If anyone would be kind enough to send me an invite to the preview program. Gt:madmoondog
  • +1 Preview invite. hestermeister
  • If anyone wants an invite message me on Xbox GT: CyclingGuyNOLA
  • Does it affect Xbox controller connected to the PC in any way? Posted from The Dark Side.
  • This news couldn't have arrived at a better time. I experience controller issues weekly. Sometimes I use my controller to power on my console and at least twice a week it loses it's sync with the console randomly. So I have to re-sync it constantly. Also, during gaming sometimes I'll get a pop up that I have to be logged it and I'll notice my controller just randomly rebooted and the home light is flashing and I have to wait a moment before I can press start and continue playing. So many little issues. So I hope this update resolves these bugs.
  • Okay.  So, WHEN do we get these improvements?  Most of us are NOT in the preview program.
  • Microsoft should require every computer to have that hardware to connect Xbox controller wirelessly. It'd be great... Can you imagine: "Ohh I'm tired to play this game on my xbox, I think I'm gonna play on my PC in my room... Lucky I can use this same controller xD"
    People who usually plays on PC, would consider buying a Xbox console since they can use the same controller... So that's the point, Microsoft.
  • Anyone want to invite me? Hopefully this will keep my controller from not responding when I go to "home" hbo
  • Can someone please send me an invite for the preview program, my gamertag is Mauwpie. Thanks!
     
  • Would love an invite to the preview program: GT Langhorn78

  • And me too please! Olivermills6
  • Seems faster, lol.
  • Windows wireless dongle plzzz, or build it into surface 4 :)
  • I wish they could fix the very poor range with an update.
  • I'd like an invite for the Beta Program too - cwc2311
  • how do i join the program? i'd really like to get into the preview.