Xbox to expand wireless ecosystem with new PCs and accessories

Arif Bacchus

Earlier today we reported that Lenovo was introducing two new  gaming/VR Windows 10 desktop powerhouses. One of those new PC’s, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube, features built-in support for all Xbox Wireless accessories straight out of the box without the need for any adapters or wires. In line with this, Microsoft has announced that Xbox will expand on this wireless ecosystem and will bring the Xbox Wireless technology to new PCs and accessories.

Ultimately, this means that Microsoft will work with partners such as Astro, HyperX, Lenovo, Mad Catz, PDP, Plantronics, Razer, SteelSeries, and Turtle Beach to bring a seamless way for gamers to play with accessories across devices. Microsoft also notes that gamers should expect to see the technology in new PCs and new accessories moving forward.

For those unfamiliar with the technology, the company also offers up the following explanation and benefits of Xbox Wireless:

Xbox Wireless provides you with a best-in-class wireless gaming experience across Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Designed specifically for gaming, Xbox Wireless provides advantages over other connection methods, such as:

  • Low-latency and high-quality wireless gameplay for up to 8 devices at once.
  • Cross-platform use across Xbox One and Windows PCs.
  • Wireless support for stereo sound through a headset
  • Eliminating the need for multiple adapters or wires for each device.
Xbox Wireless Logo
Xbox Wireless Logo

The exact implementation of Xbox Wireless will vary depending on the type of device, and the partner themselves. In fact, Microsoft even hopes to one day enable direct integration of Xbox Wireless into motherboards though hardware partners.

Until then, you can be on the lookout for above Xbox Wireless support logo on accessories such as headsets, joysticks, and other input devices, or even the latest Xbox Wireless accessory, the  Rock Band Rivals Band Kit. You can even go ahead and purchase a Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows, in order to bring the power of Xbox Wireless to your PC.