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Microsoft starts to ship Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows

by Mark Tyson on 21 October 2015, 12:59

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Windows 10, Xbox

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Microsoft has started to ship the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows to retailers. The device should be available very shortly at retailers worldwide, in the regions where Xbox One consoles are currently sold. This wireless adapter allows Windows 10 PC users to connect up to eight Xbox One controllers, and up to four chat headsets or two stereo headsets, per unit.

The Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows was first announced back in June, ahead of the E3 show. It has been created as part of Microsoft's commitment to provide Xbox accessories that support both its console and Windows 10 desktop PCs, laptops and tablets.

Microsoft says that the use of this adapter will facilitate "the same gaming experience you’re used to on Xbox One," including in-game chat and high-quality stereo audio. On your Windows device you simply have to plug in the Xbox Wireless Adapter to an available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port and Windows will take care of binding the adapter to your controller(s).

We are reminded that Windows users can now enjoy game streaming from their Xbox Console to Windows 10 device. Microsoft suggests that the availability of this Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows should make that experience even better for gamers. For native Windows games with built-in controller support, Microsoft recommends you check out its own Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, and Fable Legends.

As mentioned in the intro, the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows will be available shortly. On its own it will cost $25 or you can get it bundled with an Xbox One Wireless Controller for $80. Remember, Microsoft specifies that Windows 10 is necessary to use this adapter accessory.

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I'm sure some (many?) will have a problem with it being Windows 10 only…..although I don't care too much. I am more worried about how that $80 will translate to GBP!

I am miffed at this part though:

Microsoft recommends you check out its own Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

If only we had a release date……let alone an actual product!
Oh, so I need to change my OS to support a gamepad? Maybe I'll go Steam instead…
Well $25 for the adaptor on its own its pretty good value would imagine be £20, the $80 is for the adaptor and a game pad so probably a sensible price.

Also a release date for what? MS are shipping the device and Gears of War Ultimate edition is out and you can go buy it now, so not sure what you mean shaithis

I wonder what the range will be, I currently have my PC upstairs and play games on the TV downstairs, currently my 360 controllers are happy about this but would an X1 controller.

As for windows 10, no problem here, windows 8.2… I mean 10 works great.
Seriously windows 10 is needed for something like this?