Drivers that allow current Xbox One controllers to work on PC WILL be released, Microsoft has insisted.
OXM reports that rumours were doing the rounds suggesting a PC-specific version of the hardware was in the works that would ship with a dongle. PC owners, it alleged, would need to purchase this SKU and be blocked from using existing joypads.
This is 100 per cent wrong,” Microsoft's director of product planning Albert Penello said on NeoGaf. When the 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. It will be the same as it is on Xbox 360 – the Xbox One controller you have today will work. That's not to say that we may not ship also PC SKU of the Xbox One controller, much like we do on Xbox 360.”
Not all of the details have been ironed out, however.
The controller (in wired mode) will work as-is,” he added. How wireless will/could work is TBD. There are some options we are looking at.
[There are] no more updates on the timeframe beyond what's been publicly stated – the plan is this year. When the update comes out and we have more details, I can explain the holdup.”