Xbox 360 Controller Incompatible with Xbox One

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Xbox 360 Controller Incompatible with Xbox One

Xbox One Controller

Xbox One's fancy new features will render your current collection of controllers and accessories obsolete.

With the reveal of Xbox One yesterday there came a lot of questions that Microsoft is now trying to catch up with answering. One issue the company has now addressed is whether or not Xbox 360 controllers and accessories will have any compatibility with Xbox One. The short answer, is no.

"Xbox One was designed from the ground up with entirely new technology to deliver a new generation of experiences for both games and entertainment," said a Microsoft spokesperson. "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."

The incompatibility of Xbox 360 controllers is not all that surprising. Just from Microsoft's presentation alone it was pretty clear the Xbox One controller, while aesthetically similar, had gone through a lot of changes both externally and internally. Likewise, the inclusion of a Kinect-like sensor bar with the console itself pretty much guaranteed Kinect wouldn't be compatible or necessary. Not that we imagined many would be worried about Kinect any ways.

That said, it could still be disappointing to some that their 360 controllers won't be usable in any way, shape, or form. Whatever improvements the Xbox One controller brings to the table, there will still be some who prefer older options. Likewise, if you invested in some of the shinier 360 controllers available, you might understandably want to carry them over to the next console. Then again, Xbox One isn't backwards compatible, so chances are you're not going to be getting rid of your 360, or its controllers, anytime soon.

Source: Joystiq

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well, that is completely unsurprising.

I hate being anal about my nintendo bias but they are really the only ones who give a shit about backwards compatability and at least for that they need to be applauded :/

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Man, this gets better and better xD

I'm curious whether there will be a PC/Windows version like with the 360 wireless controller.

If not, that indicates what MS thinks of PC gaming.

Well, that sucks. Hoped I could still use my fancy Arcade Stick on the new xbox. But to be fair, after yesterday I am not sure if the xbox one will be my console for the next generation.

Not all that surprising, really. How else are they going to get you to buy more controllers?

So how is it that we can get the controller to work on multiple versions of windows. But can't even get it to work on a new Xbox system?... Hell you can even get it to work on PlayStation 3 with external hardware. Sounds like it could solved by a driver. But in the end, all comes down to more money!.

Oh for fuck sake people, there are a lot of things that you could point out as being a poor choice on Microsoft's end, but come the fuck on, this is a controller, are we really that anal? I mean, geez, I get that people are disappointed/livid at the Xbox One and it's features but this is just 1 tiny little controller. You get one when you get the console (please let me be right about that future events) and that's the way every console has been. Can we please stop being angry at such miniscule things like this? Yeah, controllers are expensive (nearly the same price as a new game last I checked), but with the way things are going split screen is becoming far less frequent, so the need for multiple controllers is no longer as necessary as back in the PS2/1, Gamecube, 64, you name it.

So in this whole huge mess of Microsoft's war on used games, lack of BC (Which really isn't a big deal, just hold onto your old console), needing to connect to the internet once every 24 hours, more a focus on tv rather than games...ah fuck this is depressing, but beside all that, can we just take a deep breath and look at the crap that is actually a problem, and the stuff that isn't such a big deal.

bug_of_war:
Oh for fuck sake people, there are a lot of things that you could point out as being a poor choice on Microsoft's end, but come the fuck on, this is a controller, are we really that anal? I mean, geez, I get that people are disappointed/livid at the Xbox One and it's features but this is just 1 tiny little controller. You get one when you get the console (please let me be right about that future events) and that's the way every console has been. Can we please stop being angry at such miniscule things like this? Yeah, controllers are expensive (nearly the same price as a new game last I checked), but with the way things are going split screen is becoming far less frequent, so the need for multiple controllers is no longer as necessary as back in the PS2/1, Gamecube, 64, you name it.

So in this whole huge mess of Microsoft's war on used games, lack of BC (Which really isn't a big deal, just hold onto your old console), needing to connect to the internet once every 24 hours, more a focus on tv rather than games...ah fuck this is depressing, but beside all that, can we just take a deep breath and look at the crap that is actually a problem, and the stuff that isn't such a big deal.

You are asking people on the internet to relax. The same kind of people who has already decided that the PS4 wont next generation because it will provide the best console, the best service and the best games. Yeah, your words are wasted.

Just like with backwards compatibility this kinda makes sense. They make some changes which makes the the old software and hardware incompatible. While I would have liked to use my old controllers on the new Xbox I understand the problems with that. However with all the other news I have heard about it I see enough reasons not to get a Xbone anyway so I don't really care if my controllers are compatible or not.

Can't say I'm all that surprised at this news, and can't say that it is all that important to me either.

"The new Xbox One was designed to be an all-in-one home entertainment system."

No backwards compatibility, not even the controller? So we'll have two boxes under our TV? Marketing fail and a half that one is.

Yopaz:

You are asking people on the internet to relax. The same kind of people who has already decided that the PS4 wont next generation because it will provide the best console, the best service and the best games. Yeah, your words are wasted.

Just like with backwards compatibility this kinda makes sense. They make some changes which makes the the old software and hardware incompatible. While I would have liked to use my old controllers on the new Xbox I understand the problems with that. However with all the other news I have heard about it I see enough reasons not to get a Xbone anyway so I don't really care if my controllers are compatible or not.

Yeah I know, but just because you can't move that stone doesn't mean you should stop trying.

Worked out for him: image

Yeah, I think saying PS4 has it in the bag, simply because you look at this generation and the Nintendo DS is basically the winner.

I'm already awaiting for the next news "Xbox One only compatible with ONE controller - If you want to play with friends then buy a second console :D"

Yopaz:

bug_of_war:
Oh for fuck sake people, there are a lot of things that you could point out as being a poor choice on Microsoft's end, but come the fuck on, this is a controller, are we really that anal? I mean, geez, I get that people are disappointed/livid at the Xbox One and it's features but this is just 1 tiny little controller. You get one when you get the console (please let me be right about that future events) and that's the way every console has been. Can we please stop being angry at such miniscule things like this? Yeah, controllers are expensive (nearly the same price as a new game last I checked), but with the way things are going split screen is becoming far less frequent, so the need for multiple controllers is no longer as necessary as back in the PS2/1, Gamecube, 64, you name it.

So in this whole huge mess of Microsoft's war on used games, lack of BC (Which really isn't a big deal, just hold onto your old console), needing to connect to the internet once every 24 hours, more a focus on tv rather than games...ah fuck this is depressing, but beside all that, can we just take a deep breath and look at the crap that is actually a problem, and the stuff that isn't such a big deal.

You are asking people on the internet to relax. The same kind of people who has already decided that the PS4 wont next generation because it will provide the best console, the best service and the best games. Yeah, your words are wasted.

Just like with backwards compatibility this kinda makes sense. They make some changes which makes the the old software and hardware incompatible. While I would have liked to use my old controllers on the new Xbox I understand the problems with that. However with all the other news I have heard about it I see enough reasons not to get a Xbone anyway so I don't really care if my controllers are compatible or not.

Well, to be fair, of the two hardcore gaming consoles, one of them doesn't need an online connection, allows used games without a fee, doesn't come with Kinect, and uses a media system to allow some old games to be played. One of them doesn't. I wouldn't call the first one a "clear" winner yet, but it's hard to say they're even right now.

Sgt. Sykes:
I'm curious whether there will be a PC/Windows version like with the 360 wireless controller.

If not, that indicates what MS thinks of PC gaming.

Actually, what would be the point? If you already have a 360 controller, why would you use the Xbox One controller for PC gaming with a controller? They're near on the same. Unless the controller has something secret yet to be revealed that benefits PC gaming, there is no reason to bother upgrading.

StewShearer:
"Xbox One was designed from the ground up with entirely new technology to deliver a new generation of experiences for both games and entertainment," said a Microsoft spokesperson. "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."

Additionally, the all-new Kinect sensor's ability to locate the wireless controller is dependent on new technology.

the Kinect sensor's ability to locate the wireless controller

I have one question...

Seriously, the more I hear about these next gen consoles, the more I wish for a meteor to strike the collective gaming industry dead so it can rebuild their shit from the ground up.

To be honest, maybe it's the crappy lighting on this photo but the curve on it looks majorly uncomfortable for small hands...

And I have stupidly small hands.

Reaper195:
Actually, what would be the point? If you already have a 360 controller, why would you use the Xbox One controller for PC gaming with a controller? They're near on the same. Unless the controller has something secret yet to be revealed that benefits PC gaming, there is no reason to bother upgrading.

Mine will probably need replacement kinda soon from all the abuse it's getting. Also the point is whether MS will produce the new controller for the PC at all, or they'll seize all production. I don't see how they'd maintain two production lines - the old 360 version for PC and the new for the Xbone.

NameIsRobertPaulson:

Yopaz:

bug_of_war:
Oh for fuck sake people, there are a lot of things that you could point out as being a poor choice on Microsoft's end, but come the fuck on, this is a controller, are we really that anal? I mean, geez, I get that people are disappointed/livid at the Xbox One and it's features but this is just 1 tiny little controller. You get one when you get the console (please let me be right about that future events) and that's the way every console has been. Can we please stop being angry at such miniscule things like this? Yeah, controllers are expensive (nearly the same price as a new game last I checked), but with the way things are going split screen is becoming far less frequent, so the need for multiple controllers is no longer as necessary as back in the PS2/1, Gamecube, 64, you name it.

So in this whole huge mess of Microsoft's war on used games, lack of BC (Which really isn't a big deal, just hold onto your old console), needing to connect to the internet once every 24 hours, more a focus on tv rather than games...ah fuck this is depressing, but beside all that, can we just take a deep breath and look at the crap that is actually a problem, and the stuff that isn't such a big deal.

You are asking people on the internet to relax. The same kind of people who has already decided that the PS4 wont next generation because it will provide the best console, the best service and the best games. Yeah, your words are wasted.

Just like with backwards compatibility this kinda makes sense. They make some changes which makes the the old software and hardware incompatible. While I would have liked to use my old controllers on the new Xbox I understand the problems with that. However with all the other news I have heard about it I see enough reasons not to get a Xbone anyway so I don't really care if my controllers are compatible or not.

Well, to be fair, of the two hardcore gaming consoles, one of them doesn't need an online connection, allows used games without a fee, doesn't come with Kinect, and uses a media system to allow some old games to be played. One of them doesn't. I wouldn't call the first one a "clear" winner yet, but it's hard to say they're even right now.

Neither console is out yet so they are even by pretty much every definition. I expected that the Wii was going to fail harder than the GameCube (I love both consoles though) and I was proven quite wrong there. We are too hasty in our judgement and I think we should wait to see what the consoles offer before we decide the winner. Personally the Xbox has already lost in my book and for the first time ever I actually want a console to fail, but if it actually will win or lose is yet to be determined. People are willing to take quite a lot of abuse to support whatever they're fan of, trust me, I'm a fan of the Tales series living in Europe and I still love them after the abuse they've put me through.

To be fair to those complaining, it isnt just the 360 controller that is not compatible, it also includes specialised controllers like those used for fighting games, the expensive MadKatz arcade sticks and that types... fighting fans will have to fork out for a new expensive set of sticks for the next gen fight game, or get the PS4 I suppose.

So dont be too quick to judge complainers as anal here, it can mean a difference between 20, and 100 for some... would you be happy to toss out that 100 controller because the next box isnt compatible with it, and wouldnt you be curious if the PS4 is compatible with it ?

For all the previous console generations, didn't the new consoles controllers pretty much completely obsolete the old as soon as the came out of the box? I mean yeah you could use the old one, if you wanted... but why on earth would you? I figure somewhere below 1 in 10,000 customers ever even tried to plug the old one in.

Reminds me of this:

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When I was looking to buy a used Xbox and saw this attached, I moved on. Now MS has done again. Another giant! I wonder how they do compare size and dimensions wise?

Protrek305T:
So how is it that we can get the controller to work on multiple versions of windows. But can't even get it to work on a new Xbox system?... Hell you can even get it to work on PlayStation 3 with external hardware. Sounds like it could solved by a driver. But in the end, all comes down to more money!.

Exactly, put in plain english "We added some extra crap to give an excuse for forcing you to buy your controllers again for no good reason".

StewShearer:
Additionally, the all-new Kinect sensor's ability to locate the wireless controller

and i would want Kinect to do that why? I dont want kinect to see my controller.

Protrek305T:
So how is it that we can get the controller to work on multiple versions of windows. But can't even get it to work on a new Xbox system?... Hell you can even get it to work on PlayStation 3 with external hardware. Sounds like it could solved by a driver. But in the end, all comes down to more money!.

thats because PC is costumizable to your liking (this case - to support contrller). Consoles arent. onyl one of many advantages PC has.

bug_of_war:
Oh for fuck sake people, there are a lot of things that you could point out as being a poor choice on Microsoft's end, but come the fuck on, this is a controller, are we really that anal?

why wont you let me be anal about something that i will be holding in my hand for over 10.000 hours? yes, thats almost 14 months straight. im sure i want this to be comfortable if i am going to hold it for so long.

No backwards compatibility so I have to mess around with changing consoles everytime I want to play a game from a different generation (not to mention continuously hope my third 360 doesn't fail and eventually deal with rarity of replacement parts), I have to fill up my Xbox hard drive with the game info THAT'S ON THE DISC when I could use that space for a ton of other stuff, possibly pay money due to my friends playing one of their games on my console at a get-together, have to depend on my internet connection not crapping out (depending on dev response to MS's "encouragement") just to play a game, and now none of my accessories are compatible!? I don't see how the wireless connectors could be that different since the 360 was built out of new tech as compared to the original Xbox yet the accessories still carried over (but I don't understand much about console tech).

All in all, I think I may skip this generation and finish my metamorphosis into a member of the PC Master Race.

Are we... are we absolutely sure that this isn't the work of some Sony saboteurs in Microsoft and the actual Xbox team isn't tied up in some closet in Poland somewhere?

But really guys. The new controller uses a different wireless technology. Obviously it has higher throughput, maybe it has lower lag, or lower power consumption. I dunno.

The point is, the technology is different. Thus, of course MS won't do any step further to make the technology backwards-compatible by redesigning the wireless chip in the console or adding another chip for the older tech. If it's different, it's different. Maybe the wired controllers will still work, if the console comes with USB.

I'm not advocating MS here, but let's be realistic. Yea, perhaps someone will find out that the wireless tech is completely the same and MS is just playing tricks, but maybe it's really different.

That thing is exactly the same as a 360 controller!
Exactly the same and yet they can't both be used on this console.

This is perhaps the most shameless cash-grab I have ever seen...

meh
it's annoying but not surprising. Nintendo has changed their controllers basically every console they have made. The only difference with a wii is being able to plug in your gamecube controllers.

Why do they keep banking on their silly "you only need this ONE box!!!111" slogan if their glorious box isn't even backwards compatible? This is like the very basic requirement to earn that title. If you need another box of the same line, it is not the one and only box you'll ever need and the slogan is just the punchline to a bad joke.
That's what this thing is, a joke.

Good grief Microsoft, that's a lot of fancy talk and technical BS for: "Lulz poor personz buy new controllerz."

I'm not a rocket scientist but even I know they're full of crap and could easily make the old controllers compatible. Faster tracking? How can 1:1 tracking of my button pushes become faster, if MS has invented a technology that can predict the future they wouldn't have revealed the Xbox One, but instead an actual gaming console that isn't a shoddy DRM PC that looks like a DVD player from the 90's.

If the new kinect sensor can tracker the rotation of my wrist, surely it can also track what kind of controller I'm holding in my hand. But would do I know, I'm a console gamer and according to developers I have the cognitive brain functions of an earth wor- Oh look, shiney birdies...

Not surprising in the least. I'd just like to point out that whenever someone comes out and says "Built from the ground up as a completely new..", the chances are they are bullshitting.

Remember when EA said Sim City was built from the ground up as an online simulator?

Most likely they could easily have made old controllers work on the new xbox. They just chose not to.

Cheer up, guys... you can move to PC gaming, where your Xbox 360 controller will work just fine!

...Was that too mean?

nodlimax:

Man, this gets better and better xD

No doubt. I can't describe how happy I am to see Microsoft failing so hard this time around.
If only people would have some self-respect and not just buy the thing anyway -_-

Sgt. Sykes:

I'm not advocating MS here, but let's be realistic. Yea, perhaps someone will find out that the wireless tech is completely the same and MS is just playing tricks, but maybe it's really different.

Well, at least you have a positive attitude. I wouldn't believe they are actually different for a minute, considering how I've been treated by Microsoft in the past, but maybe, just maybe, they aren't wholly evil and it is different. But I doubt it. Good point though.

They've already said that Xbone will have USB, so if they want to, they can make the arcade sticks and old controllers compatible that way. It doesn't sound like they want to...but it's certainly possible.

The "why would I want Kinect to see my controller" question is more interesting. I suppose they could do something based on controller position, but that didn't work all that well for the Dual Shock 3. More likely, Kinect is going to spot the controllers to figure out which player is which for voice commands or any other gesture-based controls.

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