When booting up a game on PC, gamers have the option to use either a keyboard and mouse or a controller to play a supported title.
There’s a wealth of different options to choose from when deciding which controller to use, but few come close to the Xbox One controller due to its simplicity.
The controller has all of the necessary installation programs inside its shell, which means you can plug the controller in to any PC and play right away. But there are alternative means to use your Xbox One controller on PC that can allow you to play games without the use of a wire.
Depending on what’s available to you, and what type of Xbox One controller you own, the way you connect your controller to your PC is different. But it’s always easy.
The different ways to connect your controller to PC
Connecting with a micro USB
Connecting your PC with an Xbox One controller charging cable, also known as a micro USB, is arguably the easiest way to use this device on PC.
All you need to do is connect the cable into your PC’s USB port and the controller will immediately be usable. If you disconnect the controller from the wire or remove the USB cable from your PC, however, the controller will stop working.
Connecting through Bluetooth
Only the next generation of Xbox One controllers, such as the ones sold with the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, support a Bluetooth connection on Windows 10 PCs. Windows 8.1 or lower doesn’t support Bluetooth controller connection.
Xbox One Elite controllers also don’t support a Bluetooth connection because they were made before the Xbox One S was released.
Both types of controllers are easy to distinguish. On Bluetooth-supported controllers, the plastic around the Xbox button in the center is part of the face of the controller. Controllers without Bluetooth functionality will have the plastic coming from the top where the bumpers are.
To connect the controller using Bluetooth, complete the following few steps.
- Press the three bind button on your controller for three seconds.
- On your PC, go into the settings menu and find devices.
- Click the option at the top that says, “Add Bluetooth or other device.”
- Click “Everything Else.”
- Your controller should then pair with your PC and be usable.
Connecting with an official Microsoft wireless dongle
Microsoft sells official wireless dongles for Windows PCs that can connect Xbox controllers to computers without built-in WiFi. If you have an older controller that can’t connect to a PC with Bluetooth, then this option will allow you to play with your controller wirelessly as well, regardless of the model.
To connect the controller to your PC, follow these simple steps.
- Plug the wireless dongle into a free USB slot on your PC—the dongle will automatically install everything it needs on the PC.
- Press the wireless button on the dongle.
- Press the three bind button on your controller—the devices should then connect.
- If you’re having issues, open up the Settings menu and find “Devices” on your PC.
- Choose “Add Bluetooth or other device.”
- Select “Everything else.”
- Select the controller you want to connect. Then you should be good to go.