Xbox One Controller is Wired and Wireless In One
Posted by Ken Barnes
Good news for FPS fans
As we all know, FPS fans prefer the slightly lower lag times that can be found by using a wired controller. For most of us, the wireless standard is just fine, but when the difference between life and death is just a tenth of a second away, having a slightly quicker response time from your controller can make all the difference.
Microsoft's Graeme Boyd (AceyBongos) has been talking to the controller's lead designer, Quintin Morris, who has confirmed that the standard controller found in the Xbox One box works as BOTH a wireless and wired device. Untethered, the device functions using wireless technology. Plug in the USB cable, and all of the controller data is then being transferred to the console via that cable. With the Xbox 360, this wasn't the case. You plugged your cable in, and the cable was used for charging, while wireless was still being used for the controller data, meaning response times didn't change.
This is a good move, for sure, and you can check out the full interview, which takes an in-depth look at the new controller, below.