Microsoft new Xbox controller firmware allows you to switch between paired devices quickly

Soon, a new Xbox controller version will be available.

Microsoft will begin testing a new firmware update today for Xbox One, Elite 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controllers. This will make some significant improvements to the existing hardware. Microsoft will also add Dynamic Latency I put (DLI) to increase input latency for older controllers. This is the biggest enhancement.

The new firmware update adds Bluetooth Low Energy support to compatible controllers. The majority of Microsoft’s Xbox One controllers have Bluetooth support, which can be used on either smartphones or computers. However, the controllers connect to Xbox consoles using the Xbox Wireless protocol. The new firmware makes it easier to switch between them. It will remember your Bluetooth phone number and Xbox console and allow you to switch between them by double-tapping the pair button quickly.


DLI is Microsoft’s second major addition. This reduces input latency for controllers that are connected to Xbox Series X / S consoles. It makes gameplay more responsive. DLI will make it possible to use an Xbox One controller with an Xbox Series S console or X console with reduced latency, just as the new controllers with these consoles.

These are features that the Xbox Series X / S controllers support. However, it’s great to see Microsoft expand this feature to older hardware. “We believe it’s important to maintain backward compatibility with Xbox accessories people already have in their collection and to ensure we deliver the best gaming experience no matter how you choose to play,” says Daniel Ruiz, a product marketing manager for Xbox accessories.

Microsoft is currently testing the new controller firmware with Alpha Skip-Ahead, Alpha Xbox Insiders and Alpha Xbox Insiders. It should be available for Xbox owners in the next few months.


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