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Xbox One controller will work on PC in 2014

Microsoft's new console controller will be PC compatible, but not until after it gets a software update.

Excited about the Xbox One controller and hoping to use it for PC games as well? Well, cool your boots — at least, until next year.

(Screenshot by Nic Healey/CNET)

Ben Kuchera at the Penny Arcade Report asked Microsoft whether the new controller will be PC compatible and got the following response:

We know people want to use the Xbox One controller on their PC, and we do, too — we expect to have the functionality available in 2014.

Why the wait? Well, according to Microsoft, the new features on the controller "means that new software has to be written and optimised for the PC".

The company also wants to ensure that existing PC games that work with the Xbox 360 controller will also work with the Xbox One controller, which adds "quite a bit of dedicated work".

Microsoft has released a new video extolling the virtues of the Xbox One controller, which you can watch below: