XBOX ONE gamers can now connect their consoles' gamepads to Windows PCs, thanks to software drivers released by Microsoft on Thursday.
Microsoft said these drivers will be published in Windows update "in the near future", but Larry 'Major Nelson' Hyrb has made them available on his blog for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.
According to Hyrb, the Xbox One controller will be compatible with all games that featured gamepad support for the Xbox 360.
"We know our fans have wanted PC compatibility, and we know they wanted to be able to use the Xbox One controller with the same games and applications they have been playing with using the Xbox 360 controller.
"We can't wait for them to play their favourite PC games with what we consider the best controller ever made and we're excited for fans to experience the improved D-pad, redesigned battery compartment, new comfortable design and offset analog sticks."
The arrival of this new feature comes just days ahead of Microsoft's E3 press conference, where the firm is expected to reveal new details about upcoming games for its Xbox One console. Specifically, the firm likely will spill some more details about Halo 5, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Forza Horizon 2.
According to a report that analyst outfit IHS Technology released on Friday, this year's E3 games tradeshow could see Microsoft "successfully repositioning" itself, which will mean that Sony will have to "refocus its efforts".
The research firm said, "Microsoft's strategic repositioning removes much of the difference between the competing platforms and moves the conversation on from 'general entertainment (Xbox One) versus gaming (PS4)' and the price difference between the consoles.
"Each console is now closer to each other than at the November launch, meaning that Sony will need to refocus its efforts and respond during its E3 press event as it seeks to retain the upper hand."
The analyst outfit also noted that Kinect is likely to take a back set at this year's gaming conference, following Microsoft's announcement last month that it will sell the Xbox One without a bundled motion sensor. µ
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