Xbox One will not support Xbox 360 peripherals, Microsoft confirms

Wednesday, 22nd May 2013 09:28 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One will not support old Xbox 360 controllers or other devices, a Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed in a statement issued this morning.

The statement was sent to Joystiq in the wee hours, and reads:

“Xbox One was designed from the ground up with entirely new technology to deliver a new generation of experiences for both games and entertainment 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.”

Of course, there will be players out there who will want to play Xbox One games without Kinect, but if that applies to you then sorry, it seems like you’re stuffed.

The question is: ‘Is that right?’ Dispense your answers below.

Meanwhile, we just published a VG247 webcast, in which Pat, Brenna and myself all discuss last night’s reveal and the things that came out of it. Watch the discussion here.

Cheers to Wired for the banner pic.



  1. Hirmetrium

    No matter what, this is a disappointing blow. Wireless audio technology or not, a controller is a controller is a controller, and when they have the same buttons, it becomes an even bigger smack in the face.

    I mean, at the end of the day when I want to play halo in four player (which rarely happens now) I’m expected to fork out for an entire new set of controllers?

    I hate generation jumps.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Samoan Spider

    @1 This :(

    And by that token, i assume the nice shiny new controller won’t work with my PC wireless receiver dongle so I’ll need to buy a new one of those too.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. alterecho

    360 contoller >> than this.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. mkotechno

    Xbox one is already dead.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Old MacDonald

    Urgh. For every cool thing about this new box, there seems to be three bad things.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. MadFlavour

    Of course not.

    Fucking joke.

    This new console should die in an aids fire.

    #6 2 years ago

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