Microsoft has announced a new firmware update for older Xbox One controllers is going into testing, bringing some technical features that were introduced with the Xbox Series X|S controller back to older devices. The Xbox controller firmware update is rolling out to Insiders now, and we expect it will be publicly released in the next few months.
The biggest improvement for keen gamers will be the Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) support. This feature changes the way that the Xbox controller detects and then transmits inputs to the Xbox controller, no longer polling at a fixed 8ms interval, but now able to detect inputs at as little as 2ms and then immediately send that data to the Xbox Series console. DLI is a feature that works in tandem with games that support up to 120Hz refresh rates and VRR to reduce latency all the way through the console.
This change means that, quite excellently, older Xbox One controllers are now just as responsive as a new Xbox Series X|S gamepad. Handy if you splashed out on a custom Design Labs pad in the last few years.
Additionally, the firmware update adds support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). While the Xbox console continues to use a proprietary 2.4Ghz connection, Bluetooth is used for wireless connectivity with Windows, iOS and Android. That goes hand in hand with a nice enhancement so that the controller is able to remember one Bluetooth host and one Xbox Wireless host device, so you don’t have to re-pair your controller when switching platforms. Just double tap the pair button and it will reconnect to a previous system.
The new firmware update applies to:
- Xbox One controllers with Bluetooth support
- Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
- Xbox Adaptive Controllers
The original Xbox One and the first Xbox Elite controller are left out of the party. Only controllers that support Bluetooth connectivity, which was introduced with the minor Xbox One S revision for the controller, are able to support the new features.