Microsoft announced in Blog post that he is testing new firmware for Xbox controllers to ensure that accessories already in their collections have inter-device connectivity similar to what Series X controllers currently offer | S.
“We believe it’s important to maintain backward compatibility with Xbox accessories that people already have in their collections and provide the best gaming experience no matter how you play,” Microsoft wrote in the environment update.
The new firmware is reportedly being tested on Xbox one Bluetooth enabled controllers, Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller and Xbox Adaptive Controllers, and will also add Bluetooth Low Energy support, “Which provides better compatibility between devices and allows for better pairing,” Microsoft said.
Importantly, the update will also add a cross-platform play feature that will allow users to pair controllers with two devices at the same time – think one Bluetooth host like an iPad and one Xbox wireless host like an Xbox console – for the first time. time. According to Microsoft, this will improve user interface, making it easier than ever to switch between your Xbox and iOS device.
“The controller is increasingly becoming your point of contact with your Xbox games across devices,” Microsoft wrote. “We’re investing in expanding the capabilities of the Xbox beyond the console, so Xbox controllers should work equally well on both Xbox consoles and Bluetooth devices, and switching between all of those devices should be easy.”
The firmware update will also address latency issues by adding dynamic latency input, which more efficiently transfers input from the controller to the Xbox controller itself, for a smoother and more responsive gaming experience. The firmware update will be rolled out to Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha users today, according to Microsoft. and will be available for additional rings in the coming weeks.