Going wireless is already fast becoming a better option for game companies as this can offer better gaming experiences to their customers. Nintendo has already gone on this route with its portable Nintendo DS and the gesture controlled Wii U. Sony has also produced wireless PlayStation controllers for its gamers.
Now, Microsoft is set to reveal an important new accessory for wireless gaming with the Xbox One, and gamers will now be able to play without their roommates hacking off on them because of the long cables across the room. According to PCMag, the software company will be releasing the wireless USB adapter this coming Oct. 20, Tuesday.
The accessory can be plugged into the Wireless Controller, and then gamers will be able to enjoy going wireless as they play, with the game streaming into their PCs and laptops. The dongle is reported to cost $25, which is a bit pricey given that the controller is priced at $60. Microsoft seems to indicate that the new device only works for PCs that run the Windows 10 operating system. It is also reported to only work with Xbox One controllers, so those who are holding on to older controllers and have the older operating systems are out of luck in getting the wireless gaming experience in the Xbox.
"For use with the Xbox One Wireless Controller or Xbox Wireless Controller and controller compatible games on PCs and Tablets running Windows 10 with USB 2.0 or USB 3.0," a specification found on the website. The specifications are rather narrow, considering that Microsoft has many customers. It seems, however, that the company is not keen on supporting its earlier operating systems anymore for this new device, and this is also part of the Windows 10 rollout.
The Xbox One is one of the best-selling game devices. Microsoft has been reported to be bringing in voice assistant Cortana to the gaming device. Cortana has initially been set to roll out this year, but the integration has been delayed. Cortana is expected to come to Xbox One early next year.