Will my Xbox One controller work with Xbox Series X?

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The Xbox Series X is coming at the end of 2020 and whilst the Xbox One wasn’t as popular as its main rival the PS4, there will still be plenty of people wondering about forwards and backward compatibility.

Having the ability to use your old controllers when you get a new console is a good way of keeping players loyal to your platform by saving them a few pennies when it comes to playing with friends.

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Also, with wireless controllers now a regular thing, it always helps to have a couple of backups charged up.

Xbox One controller will be forward compatible

Microsoft has been far more forthcoming so far with details on their next-gen console and in a blog post specifically about the controller they told us everything we need to know.

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Whilst it looks pretty similar Microsoft has committed that the controller will receive a lot of improvements and not just the fact that its more compact and more rounded buttons and feel.

What is key is Microsoft’s repeated commitment to backward and forward compatibility, which is why the Xbox One controller will work on the Xbox Series X.

Crucially they state “Your Xbox One gaming accessories also come forward with you.”

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Will my Xbox Series X controller work on the Xbox One?

Yes! Microsoft confirmed in a blog post that the Xbox Series X controller will also work with the original Xbox One controller.

Speaking to Xbox Wire, Ryan Whitaker, Senior Designer at Xbox said that "The new controller needs to work equally well on Xbox One and pairing and moving between all these devices needs to be easy."

Aside from the black Xbox Series X controller, Microsoft is also releasing a new Xbox controller in both blue and white. You can check out the 'Robot White' controller on Amazon here.

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