Xbox One Controller Buying Tips
Whether you use your Xbox to immerse yourself in a racing game or meet up with friends to take care of business in an FPS, an Xbox One controller is an essential accessory. Finding a game controller that works for you will improve your gaming experience, but picking one based on its customized color is only part of the decision. While the Xbox One console comes standard with one controller, it's capable of connecting up to eight wirelessly.
If you're serious about gaming, you may find that the traditional controller hasn't unlocked your full potential. Perhaps a steering wheel controller is just what you need to compete in your favorite racing simulator.
Do Xbox One Controllers Use Bluetooth?
Xbox One wireless controllers do use Bluetooth technology to connect. However, you can opt to use an Xbox One wired controller, too. Both choices have distinct benefits.
When considering whether a wireless option is the right way to go, it's helpful to think about other accessories you intend to use. For example, if you can't sit close to your Xbox One console while gaming, a wireless Bluetooth controller will afford you the opportunity to sit nearly anywhere in the room. If you want to move while you chat with friends on a wireless headset, a wireless controller is a natural choice to maintain your freedom. A wireless model has many of the same features as the wired one, which includes impulse triggers and headset jacks.
Many of the controller add-ons need wired connections. For example, VR headsets often require HDMI or USB connections. As an added benefit, if you don't want to deal with batteries and chargers, a wired controller will allow for uninterrupted gaming because it draws power through the cord. This means you can sit with an Xbox One wheel controller and pedal system for a fully immersive gaming experience without the frequent pauses to change batteries.
Can I Connect My Xbox One Controller to My PC?
Xbox One controllers, both wired and wireless versions, are compatible with Windows. In some cases, a wireless adapter may be necessary to connect a wireless controller. Many of the add-on controllers, such as the Xbox One racing controller or aircraft flight stick, are also designed to connect to Windows via the USB port. This means you can use your Xbox One controllers to play your favorite PC games.
What Kind of Batteries Do Xbox One Controllers Use?
Two AA batteries power the Xbox One wireless controller. The wired controller is powered through the cord, so no batteries are necessary. Recharging batteries around game time requires some thought. You can purchase rechargeable batteries that you keep on hand for fast swaps when needed, or you can enjoy uninterrupted gaming on your favorite Xbox One games with a system that recharges the batteries while you play.
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