Microsoft’s new wireless pad adapter no longer looks like some '90s wi-fi dongle nightmare

New Microsoft Xbox Wireless Adapter size

Microsoft have finally let an actual designer loose on their updated Xbox Wireless Adapter, making it look a little less like they got the summer intern to crap it out in between getting coffee and figuring out just how much deliberate pain and suffering they can impose on Windows users with forced restarts and updates.

The new adapter is the perfect companion for our pick of the best PC controllers.

Look, I get it. I understand the reasoning behind the design of the original chunky, blocky, Xbox wireless adapter. It was obviously meant to ape the cheap plastic, ‘90s VCR aesthetic Microsoft were going for with the visually challenged Xbox One. But damn, it's a seriously ugly, lazy design.

The new design is some 66% smaller than the first buggy stick and has more of a softer look to it than the squared-off original. I mean, it’s not going to win any Red Dot Design Awards, but it at least looks like the designer spent a little more than their lunch break coming up with it.

It still packs the same functionality into its svelte new chassis, letting you connect up to eight wireless Xbox One controllers to your PC at any one time. And, because companies like Turtle Beach are also using the same wireless technology in other cable-free peripherals, you can connect more gaming goodies to the same dongle too.

The new design is going to be on sale from August 8 (next Tuesday), with a sticker price of $25 (£20).

Fingers crossed it’s also a little less flaky and awkward to get connected too. My current old-school adapter needs to be re-inserted every time I turn on my PC and controller or it won’t be recognised. A little thing, but annoying as all hell.

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4 Months ago

Silly question, but why wouldn't people just use the new bluetooth pads now? Seems to me that would save so many issues or is this better than using bluetooth?

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louiedog Avatar
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4 Months ago

The dongle will allow you to use the stereo port on the controller to get audio and better supports multiple controllers. If you're just using one controller and don't need audio bluetooth is fine.

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ThaFemme Avatar
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4 Months ago

Problem is that there's not a huge market for bluetooth adapters for PCs, and the ones that do exist are pretty shitty in my experience.

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Belimawr Avatar
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4 Months ago

MS uses a proprietary setup for their pads that isn't bluetooth, it means you can't just buy a wireless pad and use it without an xbox unless you give them more money, it's the same reason they use to sell the battery pack separate from the pad instead of just including it to make one of the most expensive pads in the market.

so the only reason MS don't use bluetooth and the normal adaptors because then you could use anyones and not give them more money.

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Jango Fett Avatar
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4 Months ago

The new Gamepads do have bluethooth.

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Dave James Avatar
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4 Months ago

Yeah, and they're really good too.

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LordofLeisure Avatar
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4 Months ago

OOOOOH, I see now, gotcha. Well yeah as I'm in the position of only using one controller most of the time without the need for extra audio stuff, Bluetooth will be fine for me for now. But at least now I know why I would get one of these even with the new Xbox One Pads. Ta very much!

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Jenks Avatar
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4 Months ago

Regular bluetooth does not work with accessories. I was using a regular bluetooth connection for a while but I wanted to use the chatpad keyboard accessory, so I bought the MS dongle.

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ThaFemme Avatar
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4 Months ago

TIL wi-fi existed in the 90s.

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Dave James Avatar
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4 Months ago

Glad to be of service :)

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New Breed Avatar
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4 Months ago

Good to know someone else has the same dongle issue that requires a reconnect every time I turn on the PC. If this remedies that problem, I'll definitely pay the $25.

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Dave James Avatar
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4 Months ago

So annoying, isn't it!?

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New Breed Avatar
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4 Months ago

Hey Dave. Dropping by with a small bit of info. Looks like the adapter may have been delayed. The Microsoft page now shows a release date of January 31st, 2018.

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/accessories/adapters/wireless-adapter-windows

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Dave James Avatar
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4 Months ago

Good spot, that's a damned shame :(

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New Breed replied to Dave James
4 Months ago

Back to the world of constantly reconnecting my device. This is 2017, right?

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Dave James replied to Dave James
4 Months ago

Right there with you, buddy!

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