Finally, PC gamers can use the wireless Xbox One controller. Microsoft’s Major Nelson announced the good news at his official blog and claimed that orders would begin shipping today.
The dongle fits into a USB port. It’s small and it looks like every other wireless adapter. Why did it take two years for Microsoft to release this tiny wireless adapter? Your guess is as good as mine. But better late then never, I suppose.
Some of the most important things to know about the new adapter include:
-It plugs into any USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
-It’s only compatible with Windows 10 PCs or laptops
-You can bind the adapter to your Xbox One wireless controller to use the controller the same way you use it on the Xbox One
-The adapter costs $25 (an Xbox One controller sold separately costs $50 to $60)
-Each adapter accommodates up to 8 controllers per unit
Okay, that last feature is pretty cool: you only need one adapter to connect up to 8 controllers to your PC. That also includes up to 4 chat headsets or 2 stereo headsets.
The wireless dongle is currently only available for Windows 10 PCs. It will not work on older PCs running Windows 7 or 8.1.
Will Microsoft release drivers for older OSes in the future? It seems unlikely. The company is 100% focused on Windows 10 and is giving consumers few reasons to stick with older operating systems.
At the time of writing (October 20, 2015), the dongle had just begun shipping to retailers. That means it should be on store shelves near you in the very near future.
Once again, the dongle is priced at $25.