Xbox Reminds Gamers the Xbox Series X Supports the Xbox One Controller Across All Games

Xbox Reminds Gamers the Xbox Series X Supports the Xbox One Controller Across All Games - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 September 2020 / 2,195 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced the PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller will not with PlayStation 5 games, but it will work with PS4 games running on the PS5 through backwards compatibility. 

Microsoft has taken a not so subtle jab at Sony in a tweet later today. The official Xbox UK Twitter account reminded gamers the Xbox Series X will be compatible with every Xbox One controller on all games on the Xbox Series X.

The list of compatible controllers includes official Xbox One controllers, Xbox Adaptive controller and the Xbox Elite controllers.

The Xbox Series X and PS5 will launch in Holiday 2020. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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54 Comments

WoodenPints (on 04 August 2020)

Well this already gives Series X a $60-70 price advantage since I don't have to buy the compulsory second controller with it.


EnricoPallazzo (on 04 August 2020)

Good point, never stopped to think about that


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method114 (on 04 August 2020)

If your looking for the cheapest place to game Xbox is without a doubt the place to be. Unfortunately I didn't get into gaming because I wanted to save money. Xbox has been making so many consumer friendly moves lately though I love it.


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Jranation (on 03 August 2020)

And right after the DS4 news lol! Xbox making the RIGHT moves.


siebensus4 (on 04 August 2020)

So Microsoft confirms that their new controller for Series X doesn't have any new functions compared to their Xbox One controller. You can see that as disadvantage but also as advantage, if you don't need to buy new controllers.


Jranation (on 05 August 2020)

Like on the Switch the only good functionality from the joycons is the gyro controls. HD rumble and the IR camera is useless.


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TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 04 August 2020)

Good job microsoft, I swear with what they are doing, im actually tempted to get a series x.


Azzanation (on 04 August 2020)

I never understood why DS4 wouldnt work on PS5 games. Alot of gamers like myself turn Rumble off anyway. DS5 controllers dont look cheap. Could be wrong. I still use my 360 controllers on my PC when playing games that use Haptic feedback and rumble triggers on the X1.


KLAMarine (on 04 August 2020)

Turned off "HD rumble" and never looked back!


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JRPGfan (on 04 August 2020)

because they controller stayed the same... from gen to next. Not hard to do that, if you dont introduce alot of new features with it.


JWeinCom (on 04 August 2020)

Wouldn't be hard for Sony to incorporate this either. What PS5 games look like they wouldn't be completely playable without Dual Sense features?


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Lottagames (on 05 August 2020)

For all the grief a few of you give Sony, don't forget M$ is the one who had the nerve to charge $100 for a controller. Pro or not that's too much.


gamingsoul (on 04 August 2020)

If you don't want to buy a new controller then don't buy a new console, image if the snes had had the same controller as the nes.


Jranation (on 05 August 2020)

its good for local multiplayer whe you have to use 2 or more controllers. Why buy a new one when your old one still works.


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DPsx7 (on 04 August 2020)

That just means they didn't update anything. I mean over all these gens how often did anyone expect an old controller to function 100% on next gen systems? Only M$ would try to paint something silly like this as a plus for their platform.


Jranation (on 05 August 2020)

It is a plus. It allows you to save money when you need more than 1 controller for local play. The new consoles and the controllers will not be cheap.


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Srex117 (on 04 August 2020)

Man this gen could be rly intresting. What Sony did to MS and Game Share at the start of 8th gen, MS is doing that to Sony now. They just wait for Sony to make a mistake and then they just capitalize on that mistake.


EnricoPallazzo (on 04 August 2020)

And this is why competition is so important. Imgine a world where there is only sony and no xbox, we would have to accept any crap from sony for lack of options.


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DonFerrari (on 04 August 2020)

MS can't let a single new about PS5 go without putting a new of themselves kkkk. And since their control didn't really change at all it makes sense that X1 control will work fine for all games.


LudicrousSpeed (on 04 August 2020)

Reminds me of the start of this gen with Sony taking pot shots at every MS misstep


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DonFerrari (on 04 August 2020)

Your memory is very selective them. Sony done a single jab at a presentation instead of putting daily news and when MS had a new going there and ensuring another one for themselves.


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LudicrousSpeed (on 04 August 2020)

“Daily news”

Sure, Jan. Just another example of great when Sony does it, shame if MS does it


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DonFerrari (on 04 August 2020)

Nope, you are implying Sony was making news all the time MS had one, and you know that isn't true. Sure they took a jab on the sharing games, and they are the same because? I know, because you aren`t doing console war.


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LudicrousSpeed (on 04 August 2020)

Nah they tweeted about stuff just like the tweet that spawned this news article. Amazing how you have this clear memory of some slight Xbox fans supposedly make on this board ten years ago but forget something Sony says or tweeted seven years ago. Carry on, soldier.


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JWeinCom (on 05 August 2020)

It's almost like Microsoft's objective is to promote their product or something.


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hunter_alien (on 04 August 2020)

So we can continue playing with 2012 tech! Progress! I guess I should stick to Windows XP than :-)


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Jranation (on 04 August 2020)

More options the better.


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Skixx (on 03 August 2020)

Dual Sense has adaptive triggers which DS4 lacks so it kinda makes sense for PS5 games. Kinds of missed opportunity to say 3rd party dev can use DS4 for their games. Would be great for Co op and u dont have extra dual sensw lying around


Alistair (on 04 August 2020)

that's just an excuse, just support both, that won't take any effort


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JWeinCom (on 04 August 2020)

I like the adaptive triggers feature... but it's not so essential that they couldn't make games without it. I'm on the fence between the two systems, leaning towards an XBox One. I already have DS4 controllers, and being able to use them for multiplayer would have factored into my decision.


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JWeinCom (on 04 August 2020)

Make games playable without it I should have said. And I meant XBox Series X obviously, although I also may just buy a One X depending on the price differences.


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Sogreblute (on 04 August 2020)

I don't think people understand that this is all just marketing. Just how many games will actually use the Dual Sense features? Well I'm going to assume just like the DualShock 4 only a handful. So the DS4 should be compatible.


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SanAndreasX (on 04 August 2020)

Who cares? It's not like PS5 isn't going to come with a Dualsense. I've never really felt the need to go back to using older controllers for the most part. This is hardly a “how to share used games” gotcha for Microsoft.


shikamaru317 (on 04 August 2020)

Who care? People who like local multiplayer or people who like to keep a back-up controller around to boost achievements and trophies and such. Sony wants you to buy a 2nd PS5 controller for $60 so that they can make more money (the profit margins on extra controllers are quite high, like $40 per extra controller), MS says you can keep using the XB1 controllers you already own for those purposes and save yourself some money. One of those stances is pro-consumer at the cost of potential profit, the other is pure greed and anti-consumer.


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SanAndreasX (on 04 August 2020)

I mean, I don't really consider new controllers anti-consumer but okay. If this is all Microsoft has to crow about for the XSX, it's a little pathetic.


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imparanoic (on 04 August 2020)

haptic feedback and 3d audio could be the killer aspect of the dual sense controller, presumably with high bitrate audio wireless.


Knitemare (on 04 August 2020)

Lol, what Xbox is saying in between paragraphs is that, they didnt add any game changing technology that will require the specific new controller designed for the new gen games. Its good for the cosumer, but also not so good, because they are not taking anything old away, but also not giving anything new.


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JWeinCom (on 04 August 2020)

So far as I can tell, there's no reason why most, if not all PS5 games couldn't be played with a DS4. Controller innovation is good. Backwards compatibility is good. There's no reason why either company couldn't have done both.


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Jranation (on 04 August 2020)

Just like the Switch you could still use a Wii U pro controller for games that doesnt require gyro controls. Controllers still have the same number of buttons.


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Jranation (on 04 August 2020)

Its good for local multiplayer games. You dont need to buy new controllers when you can just use the ones you already have.


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Knitemare (on 04 August 2020)

Yes, as you said in game that doesnt require the motion. Thats equivalent to say, in PS4 games, which are the ones that doesnt require the new DS5 characteristics. If they keep fully compatibility with DS4, that makes the programmers lazy, we have been there already...


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JWeinCom (on 04 August 2020)

Most if not all games should allow you to disable the adaptive triggers. Depending on the amount of resistance, this can make playing more difficult for gamers who have weaker fingers for whatever reason. Haptic feedback is just advanced rumble, which you can already disable on the PS4, and every game is still playable.

No reason why these features shouldn't be optional, so not much reason that the DS4 couldn't have been usable if Sony decided to go that route.


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KratosLives (on 04 August 2020)

do people not replace controllers?? after a year or less the analogue sticks don't feel as fresh. i have around 6 ps4 controllers since launch, different colors/


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Bandorr (on 03 August 2020)

Have we hard anything about the X series controller? Is it any different than the Xbox box line of controllers?


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shikamaru317 (on 03 August 2020)

Yep. Changes include: New D-pad, that is a hybrid between a disc d-pad and a cross d-pad, which is designed to work well with many types of games. New wireless tech designed to reduce input latency. Slightly smaller size and retuned ergonomics to better accommodate children. Textures added to more components for better grip. Share button added. Relatively minor changes compared to PS5's controller, but arguably they didn't need huge changes since the XB1 controller is already loved by many gamers.


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Random_Matt (on 04 August 2020)

Not even remotely the same situation.


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Jranation (on 04 August 2020)

same situation is what?


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LivingMetal (on 03 August 2020)

And how long will Microsoft continue making Xbox One Controllers? Come on, people. This is like signing a two-year contract for satellite TV because you were lured by the 1/2 off subscription price for the first 6 months.


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JWeinCom (on 04 August 2020)

You are aware that about 50 million people already own at least one XBox One controller... right? That's who this is primarily for.


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Alistair (on 04 August 2020)

so dumb, I can't even...


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JWeinCom (on 04 August 2020)

What principle..? People already have the controllers, and save some money not having to buy an extra. Why does it matter how long Microsoft will keep making them?


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Marth (on 04 August 2020)

You do know that you can still buy 360 controllers? Because they still sell, no need to take them off the market. They also work perfectly in Windows which is another reason to keep selling then.


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