You already know that backwards compatibility is available for Xbox One users, and now Microsoft introduced another ‘backward compatibility’ feature for another similar product. Namely, you’ll now be able to use your Xbox Wireless Adapter not just on Windows 10, but on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, as well.
One of the main people of Xbox, Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson), announced this addition a couple of days ago on Twitter:
“In addition to Windows 10, starting today Xbox Wireless Adapter now supports Windows 7 & 8.1”
Xbox Wireless Adapter allows users to connect their Xbox One controllers with their Windows PCs wirelessly. Before the release of this gadget, users were only able to connect Xbox One Controllers with the PC via USB cable. Prior to bringing the support for Xbox Wireless Adapter to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft also provided a support for Xbox 360 Controllers to older versions of the system, so you can connect your controllers with a PC, regardless of which version of Xbox you have.
Just as a reminder, here are the main features of Xbox Wireless Adapter:
- Connect your Xbox Wireless Controller to Windows computers
- Use it with PC games and Xbox One games streamed to Windows 10 machines
- Supports up to 8 wireless controllers, and up to 4 chat headsets or 2 stereo headsets
- Includes USB extender cable
When Microsoft released Xbox Wireless adapter, it was limited only to Windows 10 users. Many people interpreted this as Microsoft’s way to encourage even more people to upgrade to Windows 10, but the fact that the support for older versions of Windows has been introduced tells us that this is not true.
The Xbox Wireless Adapter is listed for $24.99 in the Microsoft Store, but it’s currently out of stock. So if you want to buy this useful piece of hardware, you can find it for $29.95 on Amazon, until Microsoft’s stock ‘refills.’