Microsoft’s Xbox Series X arrived in November, and reviewers and consumers have put the new console through its paces. One unannounced feature concerns the new X Series controller, which has the hidden (and helpful) ability to quickly switch between two devices.
The tip was kindly made available by Microsoft employee Timo Wolf. who dropped the knowledge in a tweet on Monday morning
The new Xbox Wireless Controller has a sync button on the front, just like the old one. You can still use it to pair a new controller with an existing console by long-pressing it. The same applies if you want to pair the controller with a Windows 10 PC or an Android device. You can also use a shorter press on the sync button to quickly switch the controller back to the last connected device.
If the written description is a little difficult, there is one too a handy video Demonstration of the function. Wolf shows how the new controller can get the last device it was connected to. Just press and hold the sync button, wait for the indicator on the controller to flash twice, then double-tap the sync button to switch to the previous device.
The function only works with the proprietary wireless connection of the Xbox and Bluetooth devices. You can’t take advantage of it if you are using that Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10. iOS devices are also excluded – at least for now.
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