Sony has made its new DualShock controller a key selling feature of the PS5, going so far as to insist that all games on the system use the new gamepad, but Microsoft has gone the other way, not offering so much differentiation between the Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S Controllers. In fact, some of the unique features of the XSX gamepad are now added to older XB1 controllers via a firmware update.
Starting today, Xbox Insider program participants can download a firmware update for Xbox One, Xbox Elite Series 2, and Xbox Adaptive controllers. The update adds Support for dynamic latency input as well as Bluetooth Low Energy, which should make it easier to connect controllers to anything other than an Xbox (PC, iOS and Android devices). here’s how Microsoft described Dynamic Latency Input ahead of the Xbox Series X release…
In your controller, stick and trigger movement are examples of analog input. Previous controllers sampled the inputs and reported the results every 8ms, regardless of when the games actually needed the input data. So even though you quickly adjusted the analog stick or trigger in a slightly different way, the game may have received this button state change too late, and for this time, may be using your previous button state. While this was a smart solution for wired and wireless controllers because it offered consistency and good wireless battery life, it wasn’t perfect.
For the Xbox Series X, the team devised a solution in which the new controller samples and passes the most recent input just before the game requests it. The result is a “just in time” delivery they call “Dynamic Latency Input (DLI)”. The system now precisely keeps the controller in sync with the game for both analog and digital inputs. The most updated entry to date arrives at the console just before the game needs it. The result: significantly lower controller latency. Plus, everything is done without sacrificing battery life.
As mentioned, the latest Xbox One controller firmware update is now available for Xbox Insiders (you can participate by download the Xbox Insider Hub). No word on when the update rolls out for everyone, but it could take weeks or even months.