Xbox One controllers will work on PCs when drivers arrive, says Microsoft exec

Rumours of abandoned Windows support are "100 per cent wrong"

An executive within Microsoft's Xbox division has challenged rumours that Microsoft will abandon plans to provide PC support for its Xbox One controller.

Prior to the Xbox One's release in 2013, Microsoft told CVG that it would be rolling out PC drivers in 2014 that would allow Xbox One controllers to install on Windows operating systems.


However, the company has said little about the matter since, prompting one enterprising engineer to create his own program that allows the pad to connect to PCs.

But on Tuesday, unsubstantiated rumours circulated online suggesting that Microsoft would abandon PC driver support for the Xbox One controller, in favour of a custom PC controller.

Albert Penello, director of product planning at Xbox, issued a message on the games forum NeoGAF to claim that the rumour is "100 per cent wrong".

He wrote: "When the [PC] drivers become available, they will work with the existing controllers. There is no plan to do a new, separate controller that only works on Windows. The situation will be the same as it is on Xbox 360 - the Xbox One controller you have today will work."

He added that Microsoft has not ruled out releasing a PC edition of the Xbox One controller, however.

In August last year, Xbox Accessories general manager Zulfi Alam told CVG that when the Xbox One controller is connected to a machine via micro-USB, the pad's internal radio shuts down and the peripheral behaves as a "true" wired pad.