Albeit many Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users have been reporting problems with getting their Xbox gamepads and controllers to work, you should know that it is officially compatible.
Recently, we have shared with you 8 of the best Windows 8 gamepads to choose if you want to enrich your gaming experience. Now, there are some problems that some of you may encounter with the XBox 360 Game Controller. One customer said the following recently in the Microsoft support forums:
Hi guys, i’ve just purchased a Xbox 360 wireless controller for Windows . I’m using Windows 8 x64, Windows recognizes it automatically and works when I plug it. The problema is when I play games it turns slow in a random way and it fixes just touching the mouse :S. I tried with 2 games so far : Amnesia and Fifa 12 and happens exactly the same with both. Also i’ve installed the software coming with controller but i’ve got the same result.
The compatibility is 100% when it comes to the wired version of the Xbox 360 controller for Windows 8. However, in Windows 8.1, you might encounter issues with the wireless version, so, you are advised to download and install the latest available drivers. Also, check out this guide on how to use the wireless receiver to set up your Xbox 360 controller for Windows 8.
As for the Xbox One controller, unfortunately, it is not yet compatible with Windows 8.1, but that should be solved any moment now.