Similar to the Xbox 360 wireless controller peripheral, the Xbox One Wireless Adapter will allow its console specific controller to link to a Windows PC for around $25 on October 20th.
Via it’s official page, Microsoft states that:
- Users will be able to play on “… Windows 10 PCs, laptops and tablets” with its peripheral, with no mention of other operating systems. This may be another unsubtle hint that Microsoft would vastly prefer its user-base to utilize the free update and upgrade to Windows 10 like Direct x 12, although as it is unreleased it may yet work on other operating systems.
- While PC games can be played through the adapter, streamed Xbox One games can be played through the wireless adapter as well.
- Players will be able to ‘bind’ their controllers to the Wireless Adapter, “… to enable the same gaming experience you are used to on Xbox One, including in-game chat and high quality stereo audio.”
- While users can expect a Wireless Adapter, a ‘USB extender cable’ is also included, which can be used to “extend the USB connection to your Windows 10 PC, laptop, or tablet to enhance placement and accessibility to the Wireless Adapter.”
- Regarding specifications, the Adapter works with USB 2.0 and 3.0 connections, and the Wireless Adapter is not ‘designed’ for Xbox 360 controllers.
Although this is something that PC gamers should have had from the beginning, it is still a welcome addition nonetheless. I think that the $25 price point is a little too pricey (probably $20 would be the sweet spot) but overall it is priced fine, and a month from now Black Friday hits, so we might even see it hit a lower price point then $20 in a few weeks.
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