In a recent marketing move, Windows decided to lift the Windows 10-exclusivity on the Xbox One wireless controller adapter, which allowed only PC owners who had Windows 10 to use the dongle.
With the latest change, all users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be able to enjoy gaming using an Xbox wireless controller. Before today's update, the dongles worked with older variants of Microsoft's OS, but required a wired USB connection with the PC.
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Window's decision to limit Xbox One controller support for Windows 10 raised many eyebrows, as there were no technical obstacles to extending the compatibility to Windows 7 and Windows 8. However, people familiar with the matter claimed that the purpose of the Redmond-based company was to encourage upgrades to its latest OS.
Microsoft already promotes free upgrading to Windows 10 in a highly persistent fashion. The company affirms that even owners of pirated versions of Windows 7 and 8 may enjoy the latest Windows OS, consequence-free.
"We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10," Terry Myerson, Microsoft's operating systems unit leader, told Reuters a few months ago.
It should be noted that there are still many users who want to take their time before changing their OS.
The price point of the Xbox One wireless controller adapter is around $25 in the United States, while the price of a bundle containing the wireless adapter and the Xbox One dongle is $79.95.
The feedback from users and reviewers is encouraging.
"I picked up an Xbox One controller a few weeks ago and i'm loving it," Steven Bogos from The Escapist says. He talks about using the Xbox 360's controller on the PC, and points out that the Xbox One dongle is one step over its predecessor. Plus, it's wireless and that means increased mobility and fun for the player.
He further adds that the upgrade to Windows 10 can streamline the gaming experience in many titles and it's "worth it."
Increased cross-platform compatibility is part of a wider plan that Microsoft crafted. Earlier this year, the company announced that owners of Xbox One are able to stream their games to PCs sporting Windows 10.