The video above features Microsoft’s Major Nelson explaining the Xbox One’s new controller and touting the innovations in it. It’s important to PC gamers as well as Xbox fans because the new hardware will likely become the PC’s standard controller when it hits store shelves. Microsoft told CVG that they are working on software to make the Xbox One controller work seamlessly on PC and backwards compatible with older games.
“We know people want to use the Xbox One controller on their PC, and we do too – we expect to have the functionality available in 2014.”
The Xbox 360 controller has been the default choice on PC for a few years now. Putting software in Windows that automatically detected and configured the Xbox 360 wired controller once you plugged it in was probably the greatest thing they did for PC gaming.
As Kotaku reports, the designers and engineers in the Xbox Accessories department experiment with hundreds of ideas. Miniature speakers, a tiny screen, touchpads, even a special smell dispersal unit, were tried and rejected. What they ended with is a controller that hopefully improves on the 360’s flaws, but doesn’t try to fix what wasn’t broken.