Although they appear like they only play games, gaming consoles today are as complicated as PCs. They even share almost an equivalent as desktop computers while functioning as an entertainment hub for games and other digital content. Likewise, game controllers became more sophisticated, more complex, and a touch more general-purpose. It’s not surprising, then, that Xbox is lining up a couple of updates that will upgrade players’ experiences when using first-party Xbox controllers and when using an Xbox in tandem with a TV.
Those within the Xbox Insider program naturally experience new features before anyone else does, though that does accompany the danger of running into bugs first. Those enrolled during this program, for instance, are going to be ready to get a firmware upgrade for Xbox controllers, which will bring a couple of Xbox Series X|S controller features to older products. For instance, dynamic Latency Input (DLI) is coming to the Xbox One controllers with Bluetooth support, Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, and Xbox Adaptive Controllers.
These controllers also support the Bluetooth Low Energy standard, which expands the kinds of devices they will hook up with. With an upcoming firmware update, these Xbox Controllers will be ready to pair wirelessly with Windows 10 PCs, iOS 15 or later devices, and Android devices. The controllers will be ready to remember one Bluetooth device and one Xbox wireless host and may switch between the 2 by double-tapping the pairing button.
Insiders on the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring also will see improvements to the HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) support on compatible Xbox consoles. So they’re going to be ready to use their TV remote, for instance, to regulate their Xbox dashboard, which is sensible when you’re using the console to observe Netflix. one press of the Xbox controller button is additionally all that it takes to modify from the TV to the Xbox interface.
These are just a few of the highlights that Xbox Insiders can anticipate within the latest update. As mentioned, however, there’ll even be issues that testers are expected to report in exchange for early dibs on those features.