Microsoft have today made the Xbox One controller compatible with PC, with the drivers available to download from Xbox community manager Major Nelson's blog.

Due to be released properly as part of a future Windows update, Microsoft have made the drivers available early to 'dedicated PC gamers' (or anyone with an internet connection) and will allow you to use the Xbox One Pad in Windows. Any game already offering native Xbox 360 pad support will automatically recognise the controller though will likely show the layout of the older pad on screen.

The drivers are available for 64 bit and 32 bit operating systems, while specific releases of Windows haven't been mentioned it's probably safe to assume that this would be for Windows 7 or 8 only

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. We can’t wait for them to play their favorite PC games with what we consider the best controller ever made and we’re excited for fans to experience the improved D-pad, redesigned battery compartment, new comfortable design and offset analog sticks. The new PC drivers will enable the Xbox One controller to be used with any game that featured gamepad support for the Xbox 360 controller. Simply download the drivers, connect your Xbox One controller to your computer through a micro USB cable and you’ll be gaming in no time.

Guess it's time I finally picked up an Xbox One pad then..

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