Hacker Gets Xbox One Controller Working on PC

For many years, PC gamers looked down on gamepads, instead preferring to use either keyboard and mouse or, in special circumstances such as flight sims, distinctly phallic joysticks covered with more buttons than you have fingers.

Then the Xbox 360 controller came along, and PC gamers discovered that yes, some games did indeed play a lot better with gamepads. Platform games, for example. Or shoot 'em ups. Or fighting games. 1

Today, the Xbox 360 controller is the de facto standard for non-keyboard-and-mouse control schemes on Windows computers. There are still a few awkward little indie games out there -- particularly those from Japan -- that steadfastly refuse to directly support Microsoft's distinctive, colorful buttons, but for the most part, the Xbox 360's controller belongs as much to PC gamers as it does to console enthusiasts.

But what happens now we're moving into a new generation of consoles? Is the Xbox 360 controller going to be left behind? Well, probably not just yet; the Xbox One isn't even out yet, for starters, and there's been no sign of an official Windows driver for its rather pleasant controller so far. There'll supposedly be one next year, but in the meantime one self-professed hobbyist hacker and "breaker of things" Chris Gallizzi has been trying his best to get the new controller at least recognized by his PC -- and, if this Vine video is anything to go by, he's making good progress...

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