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Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary update might stop your Xbox One controller working

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Microsoft have been making lots of noise about the Windows 10 Anniversary update, citing all the great benefits it would add for gamers, from v-sync to multi GPU support. Unfortunately, many users are reporting that the update actually caused their gaming experience to plummet, thanks to their Xbox One controllers no longer working properly following installation. 

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Previously Xbox One pads just worked in Windows. Post update, some games no longer recognise when Xbox One controllers are connected via Bluetooth or through the official Xbox One wireless adapter.

Meanwhile, Steam Big Picture mode, for some reason, now registers one Xbox One controller as two, as do some games. 

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Reports suggest the controllers are powering down during an attempted sync, and are only working again once re-synced and with the driver updated. Once the driver is installed, some games are no longer recognising the controllers. 

Ars Technica theorise that the XInput API has been altered. This used to allow developers to just slap the API on their games for full controller support. Some programs that allow the DualShock 4 to act as an Xbox controller have also been affected by the update, and these use that same API to function. 

Hopefully it's all sorted before the September release of Forza Horizon 3.  

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1 Year ago

Good time to not be an early adopter, eh? It's funny, I was an early adopter with Windows 7. I was in the beta for that. And not once did they ever do wrong by me in the time I've been using it. It's why I don't hate Windows, per se, just what Microsoft have become, along with Windows 10.

I dug out Viva Piñata to have a go at yesterday. It was pretty okay, not Rare's best by any stretch (too much on the cusp of the Shitfall, I suppose), but it was an enjoyable romp. I dug out Billy Hatcher at the time, too. I was amazed at how well they ran (VP ran perfectly without any tinkering beyond changing the resolution)! And when you look at stuff like the eXoDOS collection (a giant collection of preserved DOS titles over at the Internet Archive)? It's really incredible what Windows 7 can support in total, through the efforts of third party developers and just backwards compatibility.

However, VP and BH won't run on Windows 10 due to the DRM they use. You'd actually have to rely on cracks. I've read about DosBox issues, too, amongst other things. Backwards compatibility isn't so great in Win 10. And then I hear that they can't even support their own new controller properly.

I just get a gut feeling about these things, I guess. It's a certain paranoia I get from how a product is handled. Windows 7 was offered to me as a beta, one that I had to go looking for. As an introspective, introverted autistic person, I am fine with this. Windows 10 wanted to cram itself (and spyware) into my face EVERY. TEN. SECONDS. It even wanted to download itself and surreptitiously install without my consent. I had to go to lengths just to stop this viral piece of malware from invading me, using third party tools along with my own intellect to figure out what's safe and what isn't.

I can't imagine why I had that gut feeling that Win 7 was a good bet and Win 10 wasn't, really. Just instinct, I suppose.