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Xbox One Won't Support Xbox 360 Controllers & Peripherals

Jonathan Lester
Controller, Microsoft, peripherals, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Xbox One Won't Support Xbox 360 Controllers & Peripherals

As expected, neither the Xbox 360 controller nor Kinect model will be supported by the Xbox One. Just so you know.

"Only Xbox One accessories will work with Xbox One," reads a recent tweet from Xbox Support, "which helps us deliver better headset audio and other benefits."

A Microsoft representative clarified the situation to Joystiq, who spake thusly: "Xbox One was designed from the ground up with entirely new technology to deliver a new generation of experiences for both games and entertainment. For example, the Wireless Controller will connect to the console using high speed data transfer to enable higher fidelity headset audio and future controller add-on experiences that are not possible with Xbox 360 wireless technology.

"Additionally, the all-new Kinect sensor's ability to locate the wireless controller is dependent on new technology. In order for Xbox One to deliver robust, meaningful gaming scenarios for all users across all experiences, only Xbox One controllers and accessories will work with the new console."

We're not entirely sure what "future controller add-on experiences" means (a Rumble Pack?), but we're not surprised or even particularly worried about this news.  That said, it would be nice to plug in some of our USB peripherals such as racing wheels and pedals.

Yesterday we learned that the Xbox One controller features several improvements, including force feedback triggers, while Kinect is now a core part of the user experience.

Add a comment6 comments
stevenjameshyde  May. 22, 2013 at 10:22

"Future controller add-on experiences" = motion-trackable rumbling lightsaber peripheral for Kinect Star Wars 2?

DivideByZero  May. 22, 2013 at 11:25

^ LOL.

I currently have 10 xbox controllers, 4 of the first xbox, 5 wireless of the 360 and one wired (I have 2 360s and a PC before anyone asks).

I wouldn't have expected this console to be any different.

Phanboy  May. 22, 2013 at 11:47

Let's hope Microsoft don't allow us to play Blurays out the box and require us to buy a special Bluray playback kit. Also I hope they don't just include USB cables for the controllers, we want special "play and charge" kits for £20 each because we're so stupid. Now where's my Live subscription card?

Late  May. 22, 2013 at 12:23

Plays TV, so you can get rid of your set-top box/satellite decoder.
Plays Blu-Rays, so you can get rid of your blu-ray player.
Plays films from hard-drive, so you can get rid of your media player.
You can lose most of the equipment under your tv.

But not your current xbox. You'll need to keep that if you want to play your current games.

Late  May. 22, 2013 at 12:24

Totally posted that in the wrong thread, didn't I...
Ah well!

DivideByZero  May. 22, 2013 at 13:02

Wrong thread... good point though.

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