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How to Connect Xbox One Controller to PC

How to Connect Xbox One Controller to PC

Most, if not all, of the games you play on the PC can be controlled with your keyboard and mouse.  Although, you might prefer to use a controller when playing certain games, such as Monster Hunter: World or Cuphead. If you have an Xbox One controller lying around, you can use that as a gamepad instead of having to buy a new controller instead. If you’re wondering how to do it, here’s how you can easily hook up your Xbox One controller to your PC.

If you’re on Windows 10, there are several ways you can connect the Xbox One controller to your device:

  • USB – Simply plug a USB charging cable into the front of the controller and plug the other end on your PC or laptop. Since it’s manual connection, you won’t need to tinker with any settings.
  • Xbox Wireless – Go to your PC and find Settings, then Devices. Choose the Add Bluetooth or other device option and then select Everything else. From there, choose Xbox Wireless Controller and click Done. After completing the steps, you should be able to use the Xbox One controller on your PC.
  • Bluetooth – If your Xbox One controller supports Bluetooth, you can use this functionality to connect it to your PC or laptop. Find the Settings, then Devices, and pick Bluetooth & other devices. Turn on your controller’s Bluetooth to pair them together. You can tell if your gamepad supports Bluetooth if the top plastic part of the controller wraps around the Xbox button.

If you’re on Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, on the other hand, just connect your controller via micro-USB cable. Windows will then install the drivers for your controller and play using the gamepad afterward.

That about wraps up everything you need to know about connecting the Xbox One controller to your PC. For more useful tips and tricks, make sure to search Twinfinite.

A B.S. Psychology graduate who enjoys games with rich lore and storytelling. He's also a diehard Final Fantasy fan who just can't stop playing Opera Omnia.

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