Microsoft to release new Xbox controllers, new wireless adapter
Three new controller options launch this fall
If you’re picking up a new Xbox One model this fall, keep an eye out for several new Xbox accessories to complete your setup. Microsoft unveiled three new Xbox Wireless Controllers today, shown above, along with a smaller Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10.
There are also two new controller bundles for PC gamers, so you can save a little bit of money if you are in the market to upgrade your gear. The new Wireless Controller will come in the options of Green/Grey, Patrol Tech Special Edition, and Volcano Shadow Special Edition.
Microsoft also used the announcement to remind players of the wide-array of titles hitting PC and Xbox One over the next few weeks, including Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
These controllers are designed to work with any Xbox One, and that does include the brand-new Xbox One X. If you prefer to play on PC, you will need the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 for the controller to work wirelessly. The new design is half the size of the previous Wireless Adapter, which was a giant USB stick that sometimes blocked nearby USB ports on some cases and motherboards. For comparison, the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 is 66% smaller than the original. PC gamers can pick up the adapter on its own, or bundled with a black Xbox Wireless Controller. The new navy blue Patrol Tech Special Edition controller will come with a USB cable bundled this fall, but if you just want the controller that will ship faster.
The Green/Grey option will retail at $65. If you prefer the Volcano Shadow Special Edition, the newest of the Shadow series, it will cost you $70. Both the Green and Volcano options ship out on August 3, 2017. The Patrol Tech Special Edition will ship later, on October 17, and is the second controller in the Tech series. The back of this controller features a rubberized diamond grip, and will also cost $70. The Patrol Tech series will ship on September 5, but the but the bundle won’t launch until October 17, both the USB bundle and standalone controller will cost $70, one just doesn’t have the cable included and you wait longer. If you don’t want to spend $65, or you rather have a design that matches your rig, you can grab one of the dozen previously released Xbox One controllers (usually starting at $39 at Amazon).
The Xbox Wireless Adapter will offer wireless stereo sound support and the ability to connect up to eight controllers at once. The new Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 will be available for for $25 in August. You can also choose to get the adapter bundled with an Xbox Wireless Controller for $80.