Does the Xbox One Controller Have Updated Sync Features?

The Xbox One controller is one of my all-time favorites, but it doesn't look like it's been updated in a while.

February 9, 2021

If you’ve managed to get your hands on an Xbox Series X or S, you may have heard about the cool new controller sync features. If you haven’t, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The feature was absent from ads and hasn’t really been discussed until this week. Essentially, the new Pulse controllers make it easier than ever to quickly sync your controller between your console and PC. The big question on my mind is, “does that mean my Xbox One controller sync options have updated?”

After sitting down and dusting off one of my old controllers, my initial finding was that the Xbox One controller does not allow you to quickly switch between devices. I tested it by following the steps for the Series X/S Pulse controller that have been making the internet rounds.

Step one, sync a controller to a Series X and then to a PC. Step two, sync back to the Series X and then hold down the sync button on the top of the controller to instantly swap back to the PC. Step three, tap the sync button twice to instantly swap back to the Series X.

I tried this with both a Pulse controller and the base Xbox One controller. The Pulse made the switch with ease, however, the Xbox One controller sync wasn’t as quick and felt a little clunky in comparison. It’s not the end of the world, we’ve been dealing with these controllers since 2013, but it’s interesting to note that there has been no controller update.

If and when an Xbox One controller sync update comes, you can find out all about it right here on DualShockers. In the meantime, take a look at our coverage of the beautiful new red Pulse controller. It launches later this month and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

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Peter Hunt Szpytek

Peter is from Chicago. He's played more JRPG's than he can count despite being not totally great at them and you can usually find him on the weekends dropping hot in Apex Legends. When not holding a controller, he's at the gym trying to get in shape for his next cosplay.

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