Next-generation video game consoles have started to be delivered to consumers. After the first couple of days of using their new consoles, some users may decide that they want to use the controllers with their PCs.
If you have unpacked your shiny new Xbox Series X/S controller and have connected it to your computer, you have a couple of options depending on your computer.
If your computer can accept Bluetooth connections, pairing your Bluetooth device with it will enable you to play games in a more comfortable and convenient setup.
If you are using a Desktop computer and do not have a Bluetooth dongle, you will need to purchase a Wireless Gaming Adapter from Microsoft, which retails for $25.
This will connect to your computer via USB, allowing you to pair your new controller and have it appear in the USB game controller section of Settings.
In any case, you will probably need a free USB port unless your computer is equipped with built-in Bluetooth.
1. Connecting your Xbox Series controller to your PC via Bluetooth
To set up a Bluetooth device on your computer, first set your Bluetooth to search for new pairings using the method you would normally use. When you turn on your new Xbox controller, note that if you have already paired it to your Xbox Series X or S console and it is switched on and in range, the controller will connect with that device, which of course we do not want.
To pair the controller with the computer, press the small sync button on the rear of the controller. The light pattern should change to one indicating that it is searching for a Bluetooth device with which to pair.
On your PC, you should see an Xbox controller appear in the other devices section of your Bluetooth connection. Click it to pair, and then wait for the controller to blink solid.
We want the white light on the controller to flash when it is not paired with a PC Bluetooth device, so we need to set it into Pairing mode. Press the small sync button on the rear of the controller and a light pattern will indicate that it is looking for a compatible device.
We would like the light on our controller to change color, so we need to put it into pairing mode. We can do this by pressing the sync button, whereupon its light pattern will change to show that it is searching for something to pair with.
In order to pair your Microsoft Xbox Controller with your Windows 10 PC, you should find it in the Windows 10 Devices section of your Bluetooth settings menu. Select it to pair and wait for the USB/Bluetooth symbol next to it to flash. The light on the controller will change from blinking red to solid white.
If you are using Windows 10 and want to connect your computer or tablet by using a Bluetooth device.
Click the Bluetooth icon in your system tray, then click Add a Device in the pop-up window.
Press the button on the Xbox controller and go to the companion app in settings, go to the “Advanced” tab, and make sure the “Enable pairing mode” is ON.
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