Xbox 360 has been the most sought out gaming console available. Microsoft has included advanced and sophisticated features in Xbox, helping it to dominate the PC gamepad market. Microsoft recently declared that the Xbox One controller would support the Windows operating system by 2014. According to a Microsoft rep, ““We are going to make sure that existing PC games that support the Xbox 360 controller will work with the Xbox One controller.” This would definitely be exciting news for many PC gamers. However, Microsoft is still not giving an exact answer as to why this feature would not be available from the first day itself.
Nowadays, most large-scale PC game releases ship with built-in Xbox 360 controller support. While the 360 controller would continue to work smoothly as it was in the earlier case, it would be a disappointment for gamers as they would not be able to take advantage of the new controller as soon as it is released. Users can check the Microsoft support page to know more about this feature. It is clear that Microsoft would keep up the same level of gamepad support going forward, but they also stated the work required to deliver a proper software solution requires a few extra months after the Xbox One launch.
However, this is not the case with the Mac operating system. On the Mac, the Xbox 360 controller is widely supported due to the unofficial driver developed by Colin Munro. Hence, one can easily imagine that like-minded individuals would step up, and release, unofficial Xbox One drivers before Microsoft gets around to releasing the officially supported software. This would affect the sales of the Xbox gaming consoles, as the appeal of a new controller with an improved layout, and a D-Pad that actually works, is enough to compel the gaming community to make the necessary modifications. While checking on the Microsoft support page, it is clear that the software giant does not plan to release a new version of the next-generation Kinect support for Windows, until next year. However, the PC market is definitely going to get affected due to the over emphasis on the gaming consoles.
With all of the recent marketing strategies to keep the consumers happy, it is sure that Microsoft is willing to do whatever it must to make the Xbox One a success, and enable it to outsmart other gaming consoles.