Microsoft has announced that it will begin offering a new firmware update that brings its older Xbox controllers closer in line with its next-gen Xbox Series X|S counterparts. The new firmware update is currently being tested for Xbox One controllers with Bluetooth support, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 controller, and Xbox Adaptive Controllers.
One improvement that the update will bring is better cross-device connectivity. This is thanks to newly added support for Bluetooth Low Energy, which Microsoft says should improve compatibility across devices and allow for easier pairing.
These controllers now support Bluetooth Low Energy, which delivers better compatibility across devices and allows for better pairing experiences. You will be able to play wirelessly on Windows 10 PCs, iOS 15+, and Android devices with Bluetooth Low Energy for remote play from your console or cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on the go. After installing the firmware update, these controllers will remember one Bluetooth host (e.g., smartphone) and one Xbox Wireless host (e.g., Xbox console), so you can quickly and seamlessly switch between previously connected devices with a simple double tap of the pair button.
The firmware update will also enable reduced latency on older Xbox controllers thanks to added support for Dynamic Latency Input (DLI). According to an infographic shared by Microsoft last year, DLI allows titles to receive instantaneous input, which means that Xbox players shouldn’t experience any level of input delay.
With this firmware update, we are bringing to these controllers the innovation of Dynamic Latency Input (DLI). Dynamic Latency Input delivers controller inputs more efficiently to your Xbox Series X|S console for a more responsive gaming experience and seemingly instantaneous action.
The firmware update is only available to Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha users today as part of the Xbox Insider Program, but it shouldn’t be long until the update is finalized and officially rolled out.