Microsoft Reveals Secret Xbox Wireless Controller Feature

Posted on February 9, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, Xbox with 5 Comments

A Microsoft employee revealed on Twitter that the new wireless controllers for the Xbox Series X|S have a secret feature to more easily move them between devices.

“Using your Xbox Series X|S controller with console and PC/mobile for Xbox Game Pass frequently?” Microsoft’s Timo Wolf tweeted. “Xbox Series X|S controllers can memorize sync! Hold ‘sync’ to recall last mobile/PC device (flashing 2-3x). Double-tap ‘sync’ to switch back to your Xbox (flash once).”

That’s a cool little tip, and while I did try to clean up some of the Twitterese in that quote to make it more readable, here’s my own pass at how this device switching works.

Normally, you press and hold on the controller’s Sync button to sync it with an Xbox console or whatever other device. But now the controller will remember the previously-synced device when you sync it with a new device. So you can switch the controller between the two devices more easily now than with previous generation consoles. (Where a new sync was required each time.)

I found out about this tip through Polygon. Hey, it was new to me.

Tagged with

Join the discussion!


Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Become a Thurrott Premium or Basic User to participate

Comments (5)

5 responses to “Microsoft Reveals Secret Xbox Wireless Controller Feature”

  1. paul_avvento

    Now if the console could just remember WiFi networks or at least the passwords.

  2. ngc224

    See Microsoft, a little honesty is not the end of the world. Everything does not have to be disguised as a “leak.”

  3. IanYates82

    Do you think it's "last device" or is it a toggle between the remembered xbox console and the remembered Bluetooth device?

    That seems more useful to me...

    Complicated by the case where you have an xbox wireless adapter in your pc though - which kind of device is that?

    Anyway, it's a neat feature.