During his keynote speech, Phil Spencer of Microsoft announced a wireless adapter for PC. It can apparently be used to connect any wireless Xbox One peripheral on Windows 10. If you watch the presentation, the statement occurred at about 36 minutes and 30 seconds in. It was just a brief acknowledgement of its existence this year.
A similar device existed for the Xbox 360, pictured above, and I used it heavily with controller-friendly games (until the adapter died abruptly). I was not a fan of the directional pad, of course, but the rest of the controller suited the games that I play without a mouse and keyboard. I also used the adapter with the Xbox 360 wireless headset, which was surprisingly good (especially at removing speaker noise).
On the same day, Neowin acquired a leak that claims the company is looking to create a new Xbox One controller. They expect that, if the project doesn't get killed internally, we will see the new controller at E3 2015 in June. The design is supposed to focus on first person shooters and driving titles, but nothing else is known about it. We'll see.
Looks identical to my 360 PC
Looks identical to my 360 PC adapter? Do Xbone and 360 use different protocols?
“This is the Xbox 360
“This is the Xbox 360 wireless accessory adapter. Image Credit: Wikipedia
Hopefully the new one will be a stick that pairs via software (vs. the cord and button).”
I could see how it’s
I could see how it's confusing, since it's information that is only available in the caption. I added "picture above" to the second paragraph.
Editors should take note of
Editors should take note of Scott, instead of responding defensively, he took it constructively. Why can’t people like Jeremy Hellstrom learn from this type of professionalism?
He was very gracious and
He was very gracious and updated the article, so that was kind of him. Admittedly, I didn’t read the full article before posting. In my defense: Headline + first paragraph + photo = assumption that it is a photo of what is the subject of the article.
If Microsoft really cared
If Microsoft really cared about PC gaming (and not their own self interest) they would have released the wireless adapter sooner and for Win 7, Win 8.1, and Win 10. I bought a Xbox 360 wireless adapter years ago. It worked wonderful. Plug it in and install the driver and you’re good to go. There is literally zero legitimate reason they should be gating the Xbox One wireless adapter to Win 10 only.
I have a gaming PC and a laptop. I recently upgraded my formerly Win 7 desktop to Win 8.1 to match my laptop. I don’t feel like upgrading to Win 10, yet I’d really like to use the wireless adapter. This move just feels anti PC gaming consumer friendly to me.
EDIT: I will say, just using a 10 ft usb cable has worked fine for couch gaming so far.
I would suspect the new
I would suspect the new adapter would work under prior versions of Windows. If it wasn't supported out of the box, the gaming community would have a driver out within 5 minutes.
Hey Scott, my Xbox wireless
Hey Scott, my Xbox wireless adapter died too. Turned out to be a overheating issue. Simple fix though, that is if you are comfortable with minor soldering. Here’s a link to a good step-by-step repair solution: https://replayproject.wordpress.com/2010/10/09/how-to-repair-microsoft-xbox-360%E2%84%A2-wireless-gaming-receiver-for-windows%C2%AE/
I followed a similar process and it works 100% again. Hope you didn’t throw it away!