Xbox One Controller

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Xbox One Controller
Xbox One controller
Manufacturer Microsoft
Type Video game controller
Generation Eighth
Release date
  • NA November 22, 2013
  • EU November 22, 2013 (some countries, 2014 for others)
  • AU November 22, 2013
  • BR December 1, 2013
Retail availability Unknown

Wireless, Micro USB

  • Analog sticks
  • 2× Analog triggers
  • 11× Digital buttons (controller features additional button for syncing purposes)
  • Digital D-Pad
Predecessor Xbox 360 Controller

The Xbox One Controller is the primary controller for the Microsoft Xbox One console. It maintains the overall layout found in the Xbox 360 Controller. The directional pad has been changed to a four-way design, and the battery compartment is slimmer. Xbox 360 Controllers are not compatible with Xbox One. Menu and View buttons have replaced the Start and Back buttons. Each trigger features independent rumble motors called "Impulse Triggers", which allows developers to program directional vibration. One trigger can be made to vibrate when firing a gun, or both can work together to create feedback that indicates the direction of an incoming hit. The Xbox logo on all controllers have a glowing white circle with a black X in the middle.[1] Microsoft invested over $100 million into refining the controller design for the Xbox One.

The Xbox One Controller is powered by 2 AA batteries, however, a 'Play and Charge' addon is available, which provides a special battery and enables USB charging.[2] In addition to being used for charging, the Micro USB port can also be used to update the controller's firmware, for which several updates have been released since its release in 2013.[3]


Since the release of the Xbox One, there have been multiple designs released for the Xbox One controller.

Standard Colors[edit]

  • Black controllers are bundled with all standard Xbox One consoles and are also available for standalone retail purchases.

Limited and Special Edition Colors[edit]

  • Day One "Limited Edition" controllers were bundled exclusively with the Day One Edition Xbox One console at launch in November 2013.[4] While the day one controller is the standard black color it also has the special text in the middle “Day One 2013” and a metallic d-Pad when compared to the standard black controller.[5]
  • Titanfall "Limited Edition" controllers were released in March 2014 to coincide with the launch of Titanfall. The controllers are a white, black and orange design which was inspired by the in-game C-101 carbine.[6]
  • Armed Forces "Limited Edition" controllers were released in October 2014. The controllers are a green camouflage pattern that Microsoft describe as being a "modern camouflage pattern and military look."[7] The controllers also have a metallic d-pad.
  • Midnight Forces "Limited Edition" controllers were released in November 2014. The controllers feature the same design as the 'Armed Forces' controller but instead have a blue camouflage theme. The controllers also have a metallic d-pad.[8]
  • Call of Duty Advanced Warfare "Limited Edition" controllers were released in November 2014 to coincide with the release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The controllers are a grey/emery color with gold, silver and black decals. The main design features a Sentinel Task Force logo on the front of the controller. The standard green, red, blue and yellow 'ABXY buttons' have been made monochromatic to match the rest of the design. The controller also has a golden metallic d-pad.[9]
  • White controllers were released with the Sunset Overdrive Console Bundle in October 2014.[10] The white controller was released prior to this bundle but in a non-retail "I Made This" bundle given only to Microsoft employees working in Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business.[11] There are no current announcements that there will be a standalone retail release of the white controller.

PC Support[edit]

On June 5, 2014 official drivers were released to be able to use the Xbox One controller in Windows PCs.[12] These drivers, however, only enable the use of the controller while connected via a Micro USB cable to the computer. On March 3, 2015, a wireless receiver was announced for release in 2015, which would enable the use of the controller on PCs wirelessly.[13]


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  3. ^ "Update your Xbox One Controller to use the Stereo Headset Adaptor". Microsoft. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
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  6. ^ "Take control of your Pilot and Titan with the Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller!". 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
  7. ^ "Special Edition Armed Forces Xbox One Controller And Stereo Headset Coming Soon - News". 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
  8. ^ Makuch, Eddie (2014-09-09). "$65 Xbox One "Midnight Forces" Controller Revealed". GameSpot. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
  9. ^ "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare-branded Xbox One controller is pricey". Polygon. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
  10. ^ "Sunset Overdrive bundle with a white Xbox One hits Oct. 28 for $399.99". Polygon. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
  11. ^ Warren, Tom. "Microsoft creates white Xbox One for employees". The Verge. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
  12. ^ "PC Drivers for the Xbox One Controller Now Available". MajorNelson (Larry Hryb). 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
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