Microsoft has launched a new initiative to bring PC and Xbox consoles closer than ever.
Xbox Wireless is a new ecosystem of compatible hardware and peripherals.
Xbox One consoles and accessories are already Xbox Wireless ready, and the first Xbox Wireless PC, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube, is launching in October. Other Xbox Wireless PCs are inbound, thanks to deals with companies such as Astro, PDP and Turtle Beach, Microsoft said.
As well as new PCs, Microsoft has signed with Astro, HyperX, Lenovo, Mad Catz, PDP, Plantronics, Razer, SteelSeries and Turtle Beach to produce Xbox Wireless peripherals.
The idea of Xbox Wireless is that you only need one set of peripherals for both your PC and your console, which has a lot of synergy with Microsoft’s Play Anywhere scheme, providing cross-buy on first-party PC and Xbox One titles.
here is another benefit to Xbox Wireless; peripherals with built in support, such as PDP’s Band Wireless Fender Jaguar Guitar Controller, don’t need any extra dongles or whatever to connect right on up to the Xbox One – or PC, where compatible. Nice.
You don’t necessarily need a PC with built-in Xbox Wireless support, by the way – an adapter will be made available. Unfortunately there’s no such elegant solution for PC peripherals without native Xbox Wireless support, so your favourite headset won’t suddenly become Xbox One compatible.