Alongside Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One S console that’s slated to release this August, is its revised gamepad. The improved Xbox One controller will now work wirelessly with Xbox One consoles and PCs without the need to connect it through a micro-USB cable or worse: a wireless dongle. According to Microsoft, the revised controller will communicate with PCs via Bluetooth.
Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, has mentioned that the new Xbox One controller will ship with two internal antennas: one for Xbox Wireless and the other for Bluetooth. Spencer went on to say that the dual antenna configuration will allow for gamers to easily switch from playing on their Xbox One console to their PCs, without much hassle.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that Bluetooth connectivity requires additional hardware to be placed inside a particular controller means that consumers with older Xbox One controllers may not be able to enjoy this feature. That aside, the revised Xbox One controller is also said to come with a new thumbstick design and textured grip that should allow for better accuracy and longevity.
As always, no details were given regarding the price of the revised Xbox One controller, but sources are estimating it to retail for US$60 (about RM245); and it should be made available individually by the time the Xbox One S comes out this August.