updated 06:23 pm EDT, Thu June 5, 2014
PC drivers allow Xbox One controller use, $200 developer Kinect for Windows v2
Microsoft has announced today that they will be issuing a new set of drivers that allows people to use Xbox One controllers with their PCs. While not yet part of an official update in Windows, gamers are able to get their hands on the drivers now. The company also announced today that pre-orders are up for the new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, which will ship to developers in July.
Gamers looking to get their hands on the Xbox One controller drivers before an official bundling into Windows Update will be able to grab them over at Majornelson.com. It is unknown when the company will be putting them through the official update channel, but Microsoft wanted to get them out to its "dedicated PC gamers."
"We know our fans have wanted PC compatibility, and we know they wanted to be able to use the Xbox One controller with the same games and applications they have been playing with using the Xbox 360 controller," said Larry Hryb on the blog.
The driver will allow the controllers to be used in any software that already includes support for Xbox 360 controllers. The company does say that users will need to connect a micro USB adapter to the controller, and comments on the post indicate that wireless functionality is not present. Both 32- and 64-bit versions of the driver have been posted.
Other hardware news from Microsoft includes the announcement of the pre-order going live for the Kinect for Windows v2. Aimed at developers, the pre-order is attempting to give those creating with the sensor more time before the sensor is delivered to the public at large. Quantities of the sensor will be limited to what Microsoft has on hand. After the pre-order, the company will make the Kinect available to everyone later in the year.
A few improvements are listed in the sensor, including improved skeletal tracking and depth-sensing capabilities, full 1080p video and enhanced infrared technology. The Kinect still contains a four-microphone array and two visual sensors that can see in the dark.
Pricing for the new Kinect will be $200, with an expected release date of July 15. Microsoft says it will not ship with any software, but will be compatible with the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 and the applications created with it.