Xbox One gamepads finally, unofficially supported on PC

Microsoft logoWe at Ars have argued about which next-gen video game controller is more comfortable, but what hasn't been up for discussion is that we want to use both pads on our computers. Both have USB connections, after all, and we've been racking up controller-friendly PC games lately. But neither Microsoft nor Sony has released official drivers to get their newest controllers working via that connection.

That's a bit crazy, as Microsoft's choice to officially support PC gaming using the 360 pad helped make it the de facto standard for non-mouse-and-keyboard play for computer gamers. With the Xbox One controller, on the other hand, we've had to go the seedy, indirect path, installing unofficial drivers while crossing our fingers. Shortly after its launch, DualShock 4 buyers lucked out with an unofficial PC patch, but Xbox One controller owners had their chance shot down after Microsoft asked hacker Chris Gallizi to stop developing his own workaround.

Xbox One gamepads finally, unofficially supported on PC

Thankfully, another hacker made his own attempt this month before conferring with Microsoft, meaning that Windows users can finally add next-gen pads to their PC arsenal. At this time, hacker Lucas Assis' patch is quite inelegant, even though it received an update last week that fixed issues with the controller's triggers. You'll need to install an unofficial driver and two applications (linked in the video tutorial above) before the controller will even work, and you'll probably want to install the paid XPadder app afterward to enjoy full support for your Steam library. Many games we tested didn't work without that latter addition tossed on top.

The unofficial driver does the trick, but it merely treats your new controller like an Xbox 360 pad, meaning you'll miss out on rumble. It also requires a USB cable, meaning you'll miss out on wireless. Microsoft's long-rumored plans to release official drivers could possibly remedy both of those issues. And that hope received a recent update thanks to a NeoGAF post by Microsoft staffer Albert Penello, who insisted that Xbox One controller drivers will launch "this year." Penello wrote that he will explain the launch's "holdup" at that time.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: drivers, Xbox One

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