Microsoft has rolled out a new firmware update for its Xbox One controllers with Bluetooth support to improve cross-device connectivity and reduce latency. The update includes “Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, and Xbox Adaptive Controllers that delivers next-gen features previously available only on Xbox Series X|S controllers.” The new support for Bluetooth Low Energy, the updated controllers will deliver improved connectivity with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 devices.
In iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5 and tvOS 14.5 Apple released the support for PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers to iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. The company says that “we believe it’s important to maintain backward compatibility with Xbox accessories people already have in their collection and to ensure we deliver the best gaming experience no matter how you choose to play.”
Microsoft’s new firmware for Xbox controllers supports Bluetooth Low Energy and reduce latency
Microsoft explains that the updated controllers support Bluetooth Low Energy for better compatibility and pairing experience across devices. iOS 15, Android and Windows 10 PC users will play wirelessly to enjoy remote play from their consoles or Xbox cloud gaming Game Pass Ultimate. The company says that the improved level of Xbox controllers’ compatibility and connectivity will allow users to easily play Xbox games across devices.
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.
Furthermore, the update also includes the innovation of Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) to the aforementioned controllers. “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.” Xbox Cloud Gaming is available on iPhone, iPad, and PC via a web browser.