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Microsoft has a new adapter that lets Xbox One owners use their wireless controllers to play games on Windows 10 PCs and tablets.

Available starting October 20, the adapter will sell for $25. The USB-based adapter plugs into a Windows 10 computer or tablet and connects with the Xbox One wireless controller. From there, you can use the wireless controller to play PC games and Xbox games that are streamed to a Windows 10 device.

Sorry, Xbox 360 owners, the adapter supports only the Xbox One.

The adapter is a small but crucial piece of Microsoft's goal to unite PCs, tablets and the Xbox One video game console under the banner of Windows 10. Officially released on July 29, Windows 10 is Microsoft's attempt to draw as many users as possible to its operating system. One way of doing that is to bridge the PC and gaming worlds. The Xbox app for Windows 10 lets you stream games from the console to other devices, which may convince some Xbox One gamers to run the new OS on their PCs and tablets.

The Xbox One is also part of Microsoft's "universal apps" strategy, which lets developers create games and apps for one platform and then tweak them to run on another platform. For example, a developer could create a game once using core programming code and then easily modify it to run on a Windows 10 PC, a Windows 10 mobile device and on the Xbox One. The new adapter and the Xbox One controller will support games designed for Windows 10.

To generate interest among gamers, Microsoft has released several games optimized just for Windows 10, including Minecraft, Gigantic, Killer Instinct and Gears of War.

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The Xbox Series X and Series S consoles launched in November 2020. Whether you were able to secure one in time for launch day, or if you’re still waiting for your moment of luck to get one, you might want some fresh accessories to snag with your big purchase.

First up, controllers. You probably already know that Microsoft’s Xbox One wireless controller is also compatible with the new Series X / S consoles, which is great. However, the older controller model lacks a few features that might make the newer one a worthy upgrade for you. For instance, the revised controller has a dedicated share button for saving clips and screenshots and sharing them online, a USB-C port for charging up Microsoft’s optional $24.99 play-and-charge rechargeable battery, along with a few cosmetic and physical improvements to the d-pad and triggers. It’s not a completely new controller, like the PS5’s DualSense, but that comes through with its lower $59.99 price tag.

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In addition to working with the Xbox consoles, the new controller also has Bluetooth support so you can easily connect it to your Android phone, iPhone, or PC. If your PC doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can pick up the Xbox wireless adapter made for Windows 10. Microsoft sells the aforementioned PC adapter for $24.99.

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If you need a headset, check out Microsoft’s own Xbox Wireless Headset that costs $100. In my review, I found it to be a comfortable, intuitively-designed headset that’s well worth its cost, if you can find it in stock. In addition to working well with Xbox consoles, it can connect to another device simultaneously via Bluetooth, so you don’t have a miss a call while you game.

Xbox Wireless Headset

You don’t have to miss a call while you game thanks to Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Headset, which is selling for $96 instead of $100 at Best Buy. In our review, we found it to be a comfortable, intuitively designed headset that’s well worth its cost. In addition to working well with Xbox consoles, it can connect to another device simultaneously via Bluetooth.

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Delegating your older games to slower, but far cheaper storage is a clever way to let you have all of your games accessible without crowding your already-limited SSD space. Though, it’s worth pointing out that any external USB drive will be significantly slower to load than what the Series X’s and Series S’s respective SSDs can handle. If you’re hungry for more info, check out this in-depth look at different hard drive performance points from Digital Foundry’s Richard Leadbetter.

Seagate Game Drive For Xbox 4TB External Hard Drive

Delegating your older games to slower, but far cheaper storage is a clever way to let you have all of your games accessible without crowding your already-limited SSD space – especially when there’s a sale. Right now, you can pick up Seagate’s Game Drive For Xbox external hard drive (4TB) for $103 instead of its typical $150 price tag, paying $17 extra for the special game pass edition.

However, it’s worth pointing out that any external USB drive will be significantly slower to load than what the Series X’s and Series S’s respective SSDs can handle. If you’re hungry for more info, check out this in-depth look at different hard drive performance points from Digital Foundry’s Richard Leadbetter.

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Of course, you can buy faster storage to add onto your Series X / S console, but it’ll cost you significantly more money than the option above. Microsoft partnered with Seagate to make proprietary 1TB SSDs that can be inserted into the rear of either console. These $220 SSDs are advertised to be just as fast as the storage inside your new console, so this is the best place to keep all of the new games you want to quickly load and switch between at will. And, if you have the cash to burn, you can buy multiple 1TB cards and hot-swap them to access more games.

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If you have a lot of money to spend, perhaps it’s time you investigate a TV upgrade? My colleague Chris Welch has done the leg work of researching the best models to take advantage of the Xbox Series X’s graphical power, VRR support and HDMI 2.1 capability. Prices start at around $950 for a 65-inch QLED TV from TCL, with OLED options from LG sitting at the top around $2,200.

Update May 3rd, 10:46AM ET: I’ve added in the Xbox Wireless Headset, as well as a link to our buying guide for other gaming headsets. Also, I’ve put in my colleague Chris Welch’s buying guide for the best 4K TVs for the Xbox Series X.

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Set up the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows

Set up your Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 on any Windows 10 device, and set up the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows on any Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7 tablet, laptop, or desktop PC.

Connect the adapter to your device

Make sure that your Windows device is up to date and connected to the Internet.

Plug the adapter into a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port on your Windows device, and installation will happen automatically. Drivers for the adapter are built into the Windows operating system.

Drawing of a laptop computer with an Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows plugged into a USB port on the side.

If you're using the adapter on a desktop or other device in which the USB port doesn't face the controller or is blocked by metallic objects, you should use the included USB extender so you'll avoid wireless interference and have a good line of sight to your controller.

The Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows is pictured on a desk next to a monitor and attached by the USB extender to a PC tower under the desk.

If you've used an Xbox Wireless Controller before, you'll be familiar with the process to pair a controller with a console, or in this case, the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows.

A dotted line indicates an Xbox controller communicating with a laptop via the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows.

Follow these steps to pair your controller to the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows:

  1. Connect the Xbox Wireless Adapter to your Windows 10 device then press the button on the Xbox Wireless Adapter.
  2. Make sure the controller is powered on, and then press the controller’s Pair button. The controller LED will blink while it's connecting. Once it connects, the LED on the adapter and controller both go solid.

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