Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson, has stated on a NeoGAF thread that the Xbox One controller will be compatible with the Windows PC “Soon. Very soon,” according to Polygon. The Director of Xbox Programming made the statement via the post last week answering forum users who had questioned when Microsoft will make the Windows PC drivers available to players who wished to use an Xbox One controller on their PC.
Albert Penello, Senior Director of product planning and management for Xbox, stated earlier in the year that they had “no plan” to release a separate controller purely for the PC. Penello has said that the drivers will enable all of the existing Xbox One controllers to be used on Windows PC.
Whilst the controller will be operational when plugged in using a USB, there is no information yet regarding if it can be played without the USB. Comparatively, the Xbox 360 offered a wired controller, (which was indeed compatible with the PC,) upon the launch of the console back in 2005.