Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller is the gaming controller for Xbox One console and Windows-based PC, designed and developed by Microsoft. The gamepad is also compatible with tablets, laptops and Surface Studio. It features shoulder buttons, action buttons, D-pad and triggers and the ‘crown’ with the Xbox logo inscription on it. Later revisions of Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller feature also the 3.5 mm audio jack to plug the headset into. Unlike its’ predecessor, Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller has more distinct shoulders and a cross-shaped D-pad which is more comfortable for gamers. The highlight of the controller is the haptic feedback that lets the gamer to fully appreciate the gameplay.
Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller
- Product name: Microsoft Xbox Controller + Wireless Adapter for Windows.
- Type: Gaming Controller + Wireless Adapter.
- Introduced on: November 22, 2013.
- Wireless Display: Adapter Version Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.
- Transceiver Version: Microsoft 2.4 GHz Transceiver v9.0.
- Antenna: built-in omni-directional.
- Wireless Platform: Proprietary, dual band 2.4GHz / 5 GHz wireless.
- Wireless Range: 19.7 feet (obstacles-free).
- Wireless Interface: Wi-Fi -802.11i, Bluetooth.
- Wireless Adapter Interface: USB.
- Power: 2 AA batteries.
- Connectors: 3.5mm headset jack (revised edition).
- Compatibility: Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 (with latest updates).
- Limited compatibility: Microsoft Windows® RT, Macintosh Mac OS X v10.7x- 10.10, Android 3.2 – 5.0.
- Top system requirements: Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7, Xbox One, 300 MHz processor or higher, 128 MB of RAM, 150 MB of free disk space.
- Tactile Feedback: Yes.
- Buttons Number: 11.
- D-Pad ways: 8.
- Action Button Features: “A”, “B”, “X”, “Y”.
- Shoulder Buttons: left and right.
- Menu Navigation: “Menu/View”, “Start”, “Xbox One Guide”, “Enroll”.
- Controller Dimensions: 4.0 x 6.0 x 2.4 inches.
- Weight: 3.9 ounces.
- Wireless Adapter Dimensions: 2.95 x 1.06 x 0.36 inches.
- Weight: 0.635 ounces.
- USB Extension Cable: 39.4 inches.
- Warranty: 90 days.
- Part #: N\A.
- Windows Certification Kit (WCK) Wireless Display Adapter ID: 1740750 Windows 10.
- Discontinued: available.
Xbox One Wireless Controller Editions
Day One Edition: Inscription and/or Color: “DAY ONE 2013”.
Bundled With: “Day One Edition” Xbox One Versions limited edition.
Available: with the pre-ordered console.
White controller: Inscription and/or Color: ” I MADE THIS LAUNCH TEAM 2013″ (for employees bundle only).
Bundled With: white Xbox One, Sunset Overdrive.
Available: to Microsoft employees on the release of Xbox One.
“Forces” controller: Inscription and/or Color: Armed Forces – camouflage green, Midnight Forces – blue, Covert Forces – grey and black.
Bundled With: Xbox One.
Special Features: All three controllers were re-issued with the revised 3.5 mm headset jack.
Forza Motorsport 6: Inscription and/or Color: dark blue with a ‘fast stripe’ down the center to copy the Ford GT pattern.
Bundled With: Forza Motosport Xbox One Special Edition.
Lunar White: Inscription and/or Color: white body with golden chrome D-pad and triggers and monochromatic face buttons.
“Shadow” controllers: Inscription and/or Color: Copper Shadow and blue Dusk Shadow
Available: GameStop, Best Buy, Microsoft Store.
Titanfall: Inscription and/or Color: white, black and orange.
Bundled With: Xbox One special edition in matching colors, inspired by the in-game R-101C carbine.
Available: to Respawn Entertainment employees only.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: Inscription and/or Color: Sentinel Task Force emblem and colors with gold, silver and grey accents.
Bundled With: Call Of Duty game.
Master Chief and Halo 5: Guardians: Inscription and/or Color: Master Chief version – military green color with golden D-pad and triggers; Spartan Locke version- silver with blue “chrome” D-pad and triggers.
Bundled With: Xbox One special Halo 5: Guardians edition plus codes to unlock in-game customization items in Halo 5.
- $100 million were invested into the development of the gamepad. Microsoft honed the Xbox gamepad to perfection. The prototypes featured in-built screens and speakers, these being rejected because of the diminishing batteries life.
- Speaking of which, you may need a MICROSOFT Play & Charge Kit to charge batteries for your gamepad. The MICROSOFT Play & Charge Kit is a wired charging dock-station for rechargeable batteries, available for an extra cost of $24.99. The Kit features a cable with charge LED indicator and let you charge your gamepad while playing.
- The Kit’s body has an Xbox Logo and inscription on its body.
- There’re two ways of connecting your gamepad to the console: with the console’s connect button and with the USB-to-micro USB cable.
Connect your Controller with the Console’s Connect Button
- Turn on your Xbox One console.
- Insert AA batteries (or rechargeable batteries from the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit) into the controller.
- Turn on your controller by pressing and holding the Xbox button until the controller turns on. (The Xbox button is the larger circular button with Xbox Logo on it that crowns your gamepad.) The Xbox button will flash, indicating it’s not yet connected to a console. If the Xbox button is lit solid, the controller is already connected.
- Press and release the connect button on the console. Note: on Xbox One S, the connect button is a small circular button located on the front, below the power button. On original Xbox One, the connect button is a small circular button located on the side, around the corner from the disc tray.
- Within 20 seconds, press and hold the black connect button on the back of the controller until the controller’s Xbox button quickly flashes a few times, indicating that it’s searching for the console. It switches to a solid light when it’s connected. (The connect button is a small circular button located on the top of the controller as you hold it in your hands.)
Connect Your Controller with the USB-to-Micro USB Cable
If you don’t have charged batteries, you can plug your controller to the console with the USB-to-micro USB cable from the MICROSOFT Play & Charge Kit or from any third-party manufacturer. Thus your wireless controller is turned into the wired one and you can play without batteries, as the gamepad is powered by the console itself.
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