Update: Xbox One will not support Xbox 360 wireless controllers or accessories, currently do not have specifics on wired devices

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • May 23, 2013 at 12:01 p.m. PDT
Update: Xbox One will not support Xbox 360 wireless controllers or accessories, currently do not have specifics on wired devices Updated: Another Twitter User, Frank Bivens, asked Xbox Support Twitter specifically about wired devices including the arcade fightsticks. In theory USB 3.0 on the Xbox One is compatible with USB 2.0 on the current wired devices for the Xbox 360.

Frank Bivens: Hi, I was wondering if USB wired 360 devices such as arcade fightsticks will work on X1? USB 3.0 is compatible with USB 2.0.

Xbox Support: We don't have specific info on that at this time, but stay tuned in the months ahead ^JN

Joystiq posted an article with information pertaining to the Xbox One and compatibility with its predecessor. Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox 360 controllers and the Kinect will not be supported on the new console.

A Microsoft spokesman relayed this statement unto Joystiq when prompted on the matter.

Xbox One was designed from the ground up with entirely new technology to deliver a new generation of experiences for both games and entertainment. For example, the Wireless Controller will connect to the console using high speed data transfer to enable higher fidelity headset audio and future controller add-on experiences that are not possible with Xbox 360 wireless technology.

Additionally, the all-new Kinect sensor's ability to locate the wireless controller is dependent on new technology. In order for Xbox One to deliver robust, meaningful gaming scenarios for all users across all experiences, only Xbox One controllers and accessories will work with the new console.

A Twitter user went a step further and asked about Xbox 360 accessory compatibility for the Xbox One. Unfortunately, the Twitter account confirmed that accessories will also not be usable on the next console.

Only Xbox One accessories will work with Xbox One, which helps us deliver better headset audio and other benefits.

Considering neither wireless controllers nor accessories from the Xbox 360 will work on the Xbox One, this may mean wired fight sticks and pads will follow suit. This potentially could raise problems for tournament organizers once we see next-gen fighting game releases.

Additionally, fight stick manufactures will have to create sticks solely for the next-gen console and for those competing in games on both 360 and One, this could mean dragging around two controllers at an event.

How do you feel about the Xbox One's lack of support for accessories and controllers from its predecessor? Let us know in the comments below.

Tips by phoenixkusanagi and Cylentkila.


TheHeroPixel said on May 22, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.

Grab the bags. Microsoft's crapped the bed again.

illness690 said on May 22, 2013 at 12:16 p.m.

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psykostorm said on May 22, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.

The problem here is the fact that with this "leap of technology" Sony will probably also follow suit and come out and say the same thing. especially since the ps4 controller is vastly different

Shinebox said on May 22, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.

I think this might be the case for both consoles as the Dualshock 3 is not compatible with the PS4. I can't see any reason the PS3 sticks would be compatible. Oh well, time to wait for Qanba to make a quad mod.

Yoshida's statement on the Dualshock 3


BUYACUSHUN said on May 22, 2013 at 12:18 p.m.

so is the PS4 doing anything this alienating because it seems it will be a while before i shut down my 360 for good.

BryceT said on May 22, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.

hopefully we can mod our sticks to be compatible with the new consoles.

I dont want to have to purchase a brand new stick when i have so many for the current gen.

HansMoleman said on May 22, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.

Did anyone really expect micro$oft to allow this? That's just foolish thinking.

TheBobbieFiasco said on May 22, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.

It's funny to be because people act as if it's just the 360 doing this. Spoiler alert. PS4 is taking a "leap in technology" as well. They are both doing similar things, folks. This is the next generation. Move on or hold on. Make your choice.

Valiantheart said on May 22, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.

Good. The Master Race is ready. Bring some laptops to the next EVO for SF5 tournaments.

Exand said on May 22, 2013 at 12:22 p.m.

Will they even have wired controllers for the XboxOne / PS4? I can't seem to find any info regarding that.

Maybe it's a good time to go straight PC for fighting games...

BlackMasamune said on May 22, 2013 at 12:23 p.m.

Why don't we wait until there are tournament worthy games announced for next gen first?

casper_ said on May 22, 2013 at 12:24 p.m.

this console is looking like poison for the fgc. ps4 got to be the standard unless pc fighting games start becoming a thing.

GodPride said on May 22, 2013 at 12:24 p.m.

No different than last gen.

TheDoK666 said on May 22, 2013 at 12:24 p.m.

just go to sony PS4! ps3 is still laggy tho

HyperCombinationFinish said on May 22, 2013 at 12:27 p.m.

This isn't the biggest dealbreaker I've seen so far, but its certainly one of them. Next gen can move on without me for a few years thanks

Fenaris said on May 22, 2013 at 12:28 p.m.

It doesn't seem like either console will be prime for tournaments anyway. With PS4 requiring always on connectivity, and XB1 wanting to license games direct to Live Accounts.

PC to the rescue?

GrimmjawJin said on May 22, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

Highly likely that PS4 will be following suit. Bad news for stick owners.

doomOVER9000 said on May 22, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.

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ReddChief said on May 22, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.

Lol people thinking PC will be the main system for fighting games and used at tournaments wishful thinking lol

chickenlegs90 said on May 22, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.

Why would you want to buy a new stick when you can just play using the new and improved Kinect? #Kappa

goukibuki said on May 22, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.

Are you guys going to run an article about Xbox One's management of used games and how it will affect tournaments in the future?

rkzhao said on May 22, 2013 at 12:34 p.m.

it's not like it's backwards compatible for games or they announced any interesting fighting games.

I won't need a stick for "next gen" anytime soon.

RandomJohn said on May 22, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.

This means competitors will have to drag two sticks / controllers to each event they go to whether they like it or not because at the end, they're not going to boycott Microsoft and not buy the system. Microsoft will always have better online gameplay than Sony so unless pro competitors and / or regular joes who attend tourneys decide to stop playing fighting games altogether on Xbox and jump on the PS wagon, they will give into buying a whole new set of sticks and accessories. Organizers will have to adjust to this and move on.

MrFystical said on May 22, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.

I'm sure the PS4 will follow suit. I'm not getting either next gen console for a couple of years anyway until the prices comes down and they build a large library of good games. My sticks will be a few years old by then and I'd like having a wireless one.

CyberAthlete said on May 22, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.

#19 Yeah pretty much.

Keetro said on May 22, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.

this is just sad . . . always on the the Net or Repay for the Same game??? and on the net the Majority of the time??? and now they wanna still charge to play friends yea . . . PC the master race will be strong in the Next Gen

Cyclops said on May 22, 2013 at 12:37 p.m.

@16 the ps4 doesn't always have to be connected to the internet.

Rayber said on May 22, 2013 at 12:37 p.m.

@Feneris #16 What do you mean by the PS4 being always online? Always online for PS4 has already been said not to be an option already for the PS4. If anything it's the XBO that needs to connect to the internet at least once a day as a possible scenario.

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sarvets said on May 22, 2013 at 12:37 p.m.

I am I the only one out there that has the feeling they might just hang it up after this generation? I can play the classics forever and be happy. All this new BS price gouging micro transactions etc is just such a turn off! And it will get worse. Just a thought ya know? Anyone up for guilty gear ? haha

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BumbleBee said on May 22, 2013 at 12:39 p.m.

PS4 all the way, i guess.

ZaFuuru said on May 22, 2013 at 12:40 p.m.

There are no USB ports on the front of the console.

SKILL said on May 22, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.

I own an XBOX360 and im totally satisfied with it. But...
With all this crap is going around XBOX1 i believe
PS4 wiil be a one way trip since its more gamer centric
rather the all in 1 crap.
Just all wait for the slim and improved versions of both
consoles since for 2 years we will have support.
Plus both of them are going to malfunction for sure.

Koolbiird said on May 22, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

I don't think it's a big issue. We'll all adapt to the new trends.

New consoles are infamous for doing this. NES to SNES and GEN to Saturn to Dreamcast. You could use PS1 controllers with PS2, but we quickly found out that PS2 controllers were more responsive. Let's not forget that the PS1 controller was hideous in comparison. The N64 jump to Gamecube and you could use Gamecube controllers for the Wii, but it only worked for the Virtual Console.

This isn't new. The USB 3.0 interface is much faster, and who's to say there won't be converters. With a every new tech, there's tech developed to exploit it.

Doopliss said on May 22, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

PC wouldn't work since it would become very expensive to hold tournaments on PC, and there's also the issue with PCs not being identical, and people would need to buy the same rig used in tournaments to train under the proper conditions.

@16: PS4 doesn't need to be online.

@10: Both consoles have USB ports, so wired controllers should be no problem.

EastLDN said on May 22, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

Until Street Fighter 5 is released (including the next iteration of other popular fighting games), next gen consoles are irrelevant to the FGC. Either way, on a personal note, the PS4 and One don't match my PC by a long shot. I'll be sticking to the current gen consoles, with PC gaming being the forefront for my non-fighting games endeavors.

Model_M said on May 22, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

I know for a fact that PS4 confirmed this aswell, but it made sense because the DS4 is much more different that the DS3 (Touchpad, share button, etc). For this however, its a little weird that they would do this.

Donald_K_Bahls said on May 22, 2013 at 12:46 p.m.

Good news for Madcatz. Lol.

Thisoneguy said on May 22, 2013 at 12:49 p.m.

I dont see whats the big deal about that
I mean when the Xbox 360 came out it also says that it wont be compatible with the original Xbox Controllers and same goes with the Ps3 with the Ps2 controllers.
So far this right here.....doesnt surprise me BUT the good thing is that we are still gonna use DISC Games instaed of downloading only.

Stitch_Kun said on May 22, 2013 at 12:49 p.m.

I think one thing we need to remember is that these consoles still have time to shift. GRANTED im pretty sure xbox1 isnt going to add usb port (IDK about PS4 having or not having them as PS4 is a huge mystery) but I imagine the kinect thing will be removed once enough people complain, because that is the dumbest move ive seen ever. No one bought the kinect before, so now there forcing people to use it (granted I know it did sell pretty decent but I believe it was below what was anticipated)

as for tournaments if PS4 delivers correctly i can already see them choosing Ps4 over Xbox1 at any given point. The kinect ALWAYS on may have some random effects during tourney, idk, but that just wont work. Sticks not working is a huge issue too, im a pad player so i wont have a problem either way, but majority of gamers use sticks as far as I know. Having to buy more and more sticks and stuff for these new consoles could be very pricey...doesnt help these consoles are going to be 300+ dollars at launch...I will porbably just wait for price drops or the "better" version myself

TheLaw said on May 22, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.

Yea... I'm getting a ps4. I've had it with microsofts bulls***

disp said on May 22, 2013 at 12:51 p.m.

They've been only talking about wireless accessory. Even if the console has USB 3.0 that is downwards compatible unless they specifically invent soft/hardware that doesn't allow it.

LordProsper said on May 22, 2013 at 12:53 p.m.

I'm all for bashing the Xbox One and everything, but since when have controllers been backwards compatible? More often than not you have to get new controllers for your new system.

Exand said on May 22, 2013 at 12:58 p.m.

@35: The USB ports are on the back though, at least according to the articles / pictures I've seen so far for the XboxOne. That suggests the USB isn't for controllers.

@43: Since companies moved from proprietary connectors for their controllers to more standardized USB I think people were hoping controllers would be backwards compatible.

Syirine said on May 22, 2013 at 12:58 p.m.

holy s**t what news....

PropLeXed said on May 22, 2013 at 1:01 p.m.

Seriously don't even know what to say at this point lmao.

xeracx said on May 22, 2013 at 1:02 p.m.

Is Cool :D

Papinguim said on May 22, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.

Someone should tell Toodles to do something.

Moguaiz said on May 22, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.
Bulletwithbatwings said on May 22, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.

Anything that was USB (ex. steering wheels) on PS2 worked on PS3. I'm hoping the same applies from PS3 to PS4. The only questionable product is my Qanba Q3 wireless, since it detects as a PS3 3rd party controller. Time will tell, and 3rd parties will very likely make adapters anyway if necessary.

DesuBlade said on May 22, 2013 at 1:09 p.m.

Welp, time for everyone to play Marvel on Wii U now. Nintendomination time is now Kappa

xBMxSage said on May 22, 2013 at 1:11 p.m.

I kinda can't wait for Sony to actually reveal the PS4 and see how much hate they may get.

rakuko said on May 22, 2013 at 1:11 p.m.

Markman just got a hard-on.

kara said on May 22, 2013 at 1:12 p.m.

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urien said on May 22, 2013 at 1:14 p.m.

you guys are funny.
the first xbox one controller that will hit the market will be chopped off freddy krueger style by me and other modders and will be soldered on our old sticks.
have faiith a little faith guys.
i read the same on srk on ps3 launch .

also for us fgc players its obvious our console will the holy blessed one that will host SFV so only time will tell...

Exand said on May 22, 2013 at 1:15 p.m.

@54: Except the razer stick for PS4 won't come out for another 8 years judging by how long it took them to release the current gen ones...

Shinkutatsumaki said on May 22, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.

PC ftw! Investment well spent. :)

emc said on May 22, 2013 at 1:22 p.m.

tournaments all run PS3 anyways so what does it matter? only matters if PS4 turns out to be the same. What a stupid article, and even dumber microsoft.

J said on May 22, 2013 at 1:24 p.m.

Holy crap what a disaster.

Portal23 said on May 22, 2013 at 1:26 p.m.

The next gen is going to be garbage both the X1 and PS4. And the Wii U is already garbage.

alexlexus said on May 22, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.


damn this sucks. so whats new in the pipe line for arcade sticks?

Evilhero said on May 22, 2013 at 1:33 p.m.

I like how people are hating on Microsoft when Sony will most likely be doing the same thing.

I don't see the problem. We had to buy all new sticks last generation, no real difference this time as far as I can tell.

MaRayearth said on May 22, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.

Guys, allow me to remind you that fighting game tournaments and events will already be impossible on this system because of their disc locked to system policy.

electpaisa said on May 22, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.

I dunno why people think this is even remotly relevant for the FGC. We will most likely be the same games 5 years from now in 360 or PS3. SF5 is unlikely to be released anytime before 2016 and TxSF will most likely be released for both next-gen and current-gen. In 2008 most games in EVO where still being played in Dreamcast, I can imagine us playing SSF4:AEv2014 at EVO 2017 still on 360/PS3.

gamekingcaleb94 said on May 22, 2013 at 1:38 p.m.

That's why controllers are better than fight sticks, just saying.

Mmneggs said on May 22, 2013 at 1:42 p.m.

What is it not gunna have a usb port or are they just greed?

exittt said on May 22, 2013 at 1:43 p.m.

This should be enough indication that Fighting Games should migrate to the PC in the future.

Ninjanuity said on May 22, 2013 at 1:46 p.m.

Microsoft just revealed their final swan-song in the hardware business. Like Sega with the Dreamcast, only this one's dead on arrival.

Sasuga said on May 22, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.

It figures.

archiba said on May 22, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.

we can always hope ps3 sticks will work with ps4 since it is usb technology but ye might have to buy ps4 sticks eventually.

error3 said on May 22, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.

Electrical engineer here,

It will be very easy to make a mod for this to work, there shouldn't be any worries. If this is the case, I will develope a site that you can send me your arcade stick and have it modded to work with the new console.

I would even put a simple youtube tutorial on how to achieve this if you are slightly tech savy.

Mufasa3151 said on May 22, 2013 at 1:57 p.m.

My 360 and ps4 work just fine and I will continue to play them until they unplug the server!

anon1010 said on May 22, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.

Like others have said before me... All for bashing on the XB1 but since when have consoles been backwards compatible in regards to controllers?

YumaTsukumo said on May 22, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.

Welp i guess the FGC will be stuck on 360s & PS3s no need to buy these systems without MvC4 anyways amirite?? :D

ineedbackup said on May 22, 2013 at 2:03 p.m.

Markman's eyes just lit up with dollar signs

doomOVER9000 said on May 22, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.

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Phynx said on May 22, 2013 at 2:09 p.m.

So they're saying a standard USB controller won't work anymore due to "advances in technology?" What a joke.

srkiller001 said on May 22, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.

the xbox one is looking like a huge piece of crap right now

Celticlord said on May 22, 2013 at 2:32 p.m.

Xbox One is looking pretty crap (I don't even own a PS3 I'm not some propaganda spreader)

No_Surrender said on May 22, 2013 at 2:42 p.m.

Umm... I'm pretty sure Sony is doing the same thing with the PS4. As a matter of fact, I think there was an article posted here about it. I'm too lazy to find it though.

Zombie4u said on May 22, 2013 at 2:42 p.m.

An Xbox One clearly is NOT made for gamers. I will stick with my older consoles and the PC. All of these "Apps" that most any smartphone can already run are ridiculous, as is the ever watching/monitoring, audio/video aspect of the unit. The always on profile specific/linked games setup, and NO backwards compatibility of ANY kind? As a serious gamer, they give me absolutely no reason to consider this a "must have console."

KingKong said on May 22, 2013 at 2:56 p.m.

We won't need sticks anymore. We'll just fight each other using Kinect.

Green016 said on May 22, 2013 at 2:56 p.m.

Damn Microsoft is making it abundantly clear that they're only interested in cashing in as much as possible and don't give a damn about hardcore gamers and the damn thing hasn't even been released yet.

Doopliss said on May 22, 2013 at 3:06 p.m.

@44: With 360 I know you can use an USB hub to get more/better placed ports. I assume it works here too.

GordonsBeard said on May 22, 2013 at 3:06 p.m.

God damn, if USB isn't USB in the future what the zip-zop are they doing? There is no excuse for them not to work other than profit margins.

AlcoveShadow said on May 22, 2013 at 3:11 p.m.

All of you just stop & think for a second. Madcatz will have to make new fightsticks to be used only on PS4 because it has to incorporate the "share" button the DualShock 4 has.

Expect current PS3 fightsticks to be incompatible with PS4.

I was really hoping for them to be compatible.

Bladeballn3 said on May 22, 2013 at 3:22 p.m.

Who cares. Current systems will be still relevant for atleast 3 years I am happy. People still play old games and love it. I still love to put powerstone in my dream cast and all the people who play hardcore games have no idea what it is I scoff at them. Half of my collectibles still go for great money in eBay. Trust me if you have old sticks keep them. Great nostalgia feeling breaking them out in 2020.

darksnoopyz said on May 22, 2013 at 3:28 p.m.

hey sony fan boys, befor you start talk all that crap about xbox 1 first show me what the ps4 looks like?????


shinra358 said on May 22, 2013 at 3:50 p.m.

@89 - I don't know how that would offset x's hate lol but here ya go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7QhU...

GenSoHotSpicy said on May 22, 2013 at 3:54 p.m.

Sony fan boys are sad..just sad. The XboxOne has everything PS4 has plus loads more. Jealous that I will be able to command my cable with my voice? Mad that it ships with a Kinect sensor? Frustrated that you don't even know what your console looks like? Seems like it.

I honestly don't see how be can argue that PS4 is better for hardcore gamers when most Sony exclusives are garbage and PSN is worth as much as you pay for it (nothing..diddly..squat). Forza 5 and FIFA14 (with new Ignite Engine) being XboxOne exclusives (and launch titles) just shows you that XboxOne will have a better launch than PS4 because those games sell extremely well and are easily the premier franchise in their respective genres.

This article is rather pointless because PS4 will normt be compatible with PS3 sticks either..go figure. New console, new controllers/sticks..get used to it because that's how its always been.

Shinebox said on May 22, 2013 at 4:08 p.m.

@91 - FIFA 14 is going to be on both consoles it's not an exclusive. Mentioning Forza is kind of pointless when the PS4 has the multimillion seller Gran Turismo. It's like comparing Halo to any shooter on the PS3, bad argument you're embarrassing yourself. Just stop.

ScrubStep said on May 22, 2013 at 4:19 p.m.

I loved my 360(s) but, really i dont care about tv or sports. And with required kinect, required online, console locked discs, no way on earth am i buying that shameless cash cow.

ESTAKA said on May 22, 2013 at 4:21 p.m.

Can't tell if companies don't have the technology to make their consoles backwards compatible or just trying to make people buy their new crap. I'd guess the latter at this point.

gatts12 said on May 22, 2013 at 4:23 p.m.


And xbox fanboys are brainless, stop already with the misinformations.

Seriously what a clown.

phoenixkusanagi said on May 22, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.

I brought this to everyone's attention because it behooves us as members of the FGC to note these kinds of trends. More than likely, I think we'll just stick to the old school as we always have(I'm sure I'm not the only one that still has their Dreamcast still around), rather than go with some unproven system, at least until the tech is affordable enough(or the next-gen fighters roll around). I just think these "next-generation" enhancements are really kind of stupid. Are you telling me that you spent your R&D on Kinect and TV integration and didn't bother to, oh I don't know, UPGRADE the game experience? And no backwards compatibility for a 10-year old system? Wow. Oh well.

It seems to me that Microsoft is really all about the money, and is making no effort to hide it this time. I'm not sold on the PS4 either. Wii U may not even have any more decent fighting games coming out. And (sorry to break this to you "Master Race") PCs don't have as many fighting game releases as consoles do.

It's going to really, really suck this generation.

FlutLicht said on May 22, 2013 at 4:37 p.m.

just so you know, the PS3 uses the standard USB gamepad protocol. That is, you can use any standard USB controller that works on PC without additional drivers. In case of the PS3 I understand the switch from the proprietary PS2/PS1 connector, if only to save some space. I see no reason for the PS4 to be incompatible as long as it has USB ports. Sony has traditionally supported old generation controllers on their new systems.

The Xbox 360 on the other hand uses a special encrypted protocol, which is why you can't simply make a modchip to support both systems without modding an already certified 360 controller. So in the current generation it's Microsoft that screws you over, while Sony just uses an open industry standard. Anyway, if the One does not support the USB controllers of the 360, it's microsofts deliberate decision to screw you over, since it's only a matter of drivers and there is no technical reason why it shouldn't work.

RunningWild said on May 22, 2013 at 4:38 p.m.

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phoenixkusanagi said on May 22, 2013 at 4:47 p.m.

"PC can play nearly any fighting game through emulation"
Well that's the problem right there, isn't it? Isn't that the reason most publishers don't make them for PCs, piracy? That and, you know, lack of a market...(so they say)

YouDontKnowMe said on May 22, 2013 at 4:51 p.m.

The bigger question is IF the new Xbox works in a tournament setting and since it has to have Kinect plugged in to work whats going to happen when someone in the audience screams out "XBOX OFF!" and every xbox shuts down?

Lockm said on May 22, 2013 at 4:51 p.m.

Aside from not allowing 360 accessories on the Xbox One, the Xbox One has multitude of problems that hinder tournament play. PS4 definately is going to be the tournament standard, even if a game is developed for the Xbox One, the hassle is too much.

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