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    Noob Xbox One Controller question (for PC)

    Hi guys,

    I bought two of these at half price from PbTech:
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/GAM...er-MINECRAFT-P

    Along with a wireless adapter:
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/GAM...for-Windows-en

    I like the controllers so much I want to buy more (for 4 player), but none on sale now. (previously I was using some clunky cheap controllers, but the official xbox ones feel and work waaaay better)

    I've been browsing through trademe and there seems to be a few different revisions of the controller?

    Some talk about a 'day one' controller, and some talk about a V2...

    Will all the versions be compatible with my wireless adapter? Should I be avoiding the 'day one' controllers? Or doesn't really matter?

    Not familiar with console stuff, so don't know if there will be issues mixing version etc

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    mejobloggs wrote:
    Hi guys,

    I bought two of these at half price from PbTech:
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/GAM...er-MINECRAFT-P

    Along with a wireless adapter:
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/GAM...for-Windows-en

    I like the controllers so much I want to buy more (for 4 player), but none on sale now. (previously I was using some clunky cheap controllers, but the official xbox ones feel and work waaaay better)

    I've been browsing through trademe and there seems to be a few different revisions of the controller?

    Some talk about a 'day one' controller, and some talk about a V2...

    Will all the versions be compatible with my wireless adapter? Should I be avoiding the 'day one' controllers? Or doesn't really matter?

    Not familiar with console stuff, so don't know if there will be issues mixing version etc
    From Memory the Day one controller lack a 3.5mm plug (headphones need to pass through a xbox adapter that plugs into the controller) and they don't have bluetooth support.

    I don't see why they wouldn't work with the adapter.

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_O...#2015_revision

    Heres a handy chart outlining the differences

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    A.brdgr wrote:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_O...#2015_revision

    Heres a handy chart outlining the differences
    Ah neat thanks. Yeah I think I need bluetooth support which it looks like only the latest version has. Thanks for the chart!

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    If your PC has bluetooth, you can skip the wireless adaptor all together and just pair the controllers directly and they'll work perfectly. That'll only work for the V2 controllers though.

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    mejobloggs wrote:
    Ah neat thanks. Yeah I think I need bluetooth support which it looks like only the latest version has. Thanks for the chart!
    Why do you think you need Bluetooth? The official Xbox one wireless adapter does not use Bluetooth.

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    Oh I thought the adapter was a bluetooth adapter until Xev mentioned above.

    Since I have the adapter I can buy non-bluetooth controllers then I guess

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    mejobloggs wrote:
    Oh I thought the adapter was a bluetooth adapter until Xev mentioned above.

    Since I have the adapter I can buy non-bluetooth controllers then I guess
    Nah the original controllers function some other way. Only way to get them to work with a PC is via a cable, or the official wireless adapter. The New 'S' controllers (with the 3.5mm jack) are bluetooth and will connect directly to a bluetooth capable PC. One would assume the wireless adapters are also able to communicate with the new controllers for people who don't have bluetooth but I can't honestly confirm this, maybe someone else can.

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    Xev wrote:
    Nah the original controllers function some other way. Only way to get them to work with a PC is via a cable, or the official wireless adapter. The New 'S' controllers (with the 3.5mm jack) are bluetooth and will connect directly to a bluetooth capable PC. One would assume the wireless adapters are also able to communicate with the new controllers for people who don't have bluetooth but I can't honestly confirm this, maybe someone else can.
    All Xbox One controllers include their proprietary wireless connectivity, so all Xbox One controllers can work with all Xbox One consoles and adapters. More to the point - the console does NOT use Bluetooth for the game pads at all - wireless only.

    Bluetooth is an ADD-ON, not a replacement of the existing wireless tech, and was added for use with a Windows 10 PC without having to purchase their proprietary dongle. It's not recommended by Microsoft, nor do they support more than one gamepad over bluetooth simultaneously, but that could just be them trying to push us towards their own dongle.

    So yes the official adapter can talk to the new gamepads fine, and that has nothing to do with the fact the gamepad has bluetooth support.

    Check out these sources for yourself - there's some slightly misleading info in this thread;

    https://support.xbox.com/en-NZ/xbox-...ues-windows-10

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_One_controller

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    Xev wrote:
    Nah the original controllers function some other way. Only way to get them to work with a PC is via a cable, or the official wireless adapter. The New 'S' controllers (with the 3.5mm jack) are bluetooth and will connect directly to a bluetooth capable PC. One would assume the wireless adapters are also able to communicate with the new controllers for people who don't have bluetooth but I can't honestly confirm this, maybe someone else can.
    Can confirm I use the latest controller with the dongle without hassles. Zero setup required as well, just plug the dongle in, turn on the controller and start using it, it's great. (You do have to pair it first time around though)

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    iRoN wrote:
    Bluetooth is an ADD-ON, not a replacement of the existing wireless tech, and was added for use with a Windows 10 PC without having to purchase their proprietary dongle. It's not recommended by Microsoft, nor do they support more than one gamepad over bluetooth simultaneously, but that could just be them trying to push us towards their own dongle.
    Uhh I've definitely used several controllers via Bluetooth at once and can confirm it works fine. It's how me and my partner played Gears of War 4 in couch co-op. I've got two dongles in my drawer but haven't used them for nearly 2 years as I've been using Bluetooth exclusively since then, had occasional issues with the dongles but found the bluetooth support to work better for me.

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    Good for you Xev.

    That doesn't change the fact that this is not officially supported by Microsoft :-).