Xbox Series X / S controllers have a host of additional features over their predecessors, including Bluetooth Low Energy support and dynamic latency input (DLI). But it appears that Microsoft is aiming to level the playing field.
Microsoft has started testing A new firmware update that will bring the exclusive Series X / S controller features mentioned above to older generation controllers, including Xbox One Controllers with Bluetooth support, Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, and Xbox Adaptive Controllers.
Additionally, the update will also bring Bluetooth cross-device connectivity to older controllers, allowing for a stronger connection to PC, iOS, and Android devices that support it. In addition, it also allows the controller to remember Bluetooth devices and Xbox consoles, allowing users to switch between them by double tapping the sync button.
Microsoft also introduces DLI, which reduces input latency on controllers connected to Xbox Series X / S consoles for a more responsive gaming experience. With the inclusion of DLI, any older Xbox One controller will have lower latency when used with an Xbox Series S or X console. However, it is worth noting that this will not result in lower input lag when used. Use with old generation Xbox consoles.
“We believe it is important to maintain backward compatibility with Xbox accessories that people already have in their collection and to ensure that we provide the best gaming experience no matter how you choose to play,” it reads. Xbox blog post about the update.
The firmware update is now available for “Alpha Skip-Ahead” and “Alpha users”, and will be accessible to all Xbox users in the coming months.