If you enjoy gaming on both console and PC, you, of course, you want to get the most out of your current gaming setup. Thanks to common standards like HDMI, Bluetooth, and USB, many components in your gaming setup are interchangeable. This allows you to try different setups to find out what works better for you. Read this article to find out how to use your Xbox controller with PC and an Xbox with a PC monitor.
If you are interested in setting up PS4 controller with your PC, you can read this article.
Your Xbox controller and PC are compatible with each other, so the process of setting them up is fast and simple. There is no need for additional software download since Xbox One controller driver is already built in Windows. If you use Windows 10, the computer will instantly recognize your Xbox controller. For Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, the computer will automatically do the driver installation for you.
For wired connection, simply plug in a micro-USB cable into Xbox One controller and the other end into a USB slot on your PC.
If you decided to go for a wireless connection, you will need to have an Xbox wireless adapter for Windows. Just plug it into the USB port on your PC. Windows will automatically install the driver. Press the button on the adapter and then turn on your controller. To finish pairing, press the Bind button, which is situated on the front of the controller between the triggers, and press it for 3 seconds.
In case you would like to connect the Xbox controller to your PC directly using Bluetooth, you need to have Windows 10 Anniversary Update and use the Bluetooth-supported Xbox controller. So, does your Xbox controller support Bluetooth? If the plastic around the Xbox logo is a part of the face of the controller, then your controller is Bluetooth-enabled. If the plastic around the Xbox button matches the plastic where the triggers are, your controller does not do not support Bluetooth.
If your controller supports Bluetooth, enable Bluetooth on your PC and then, just as in the previous case, press and hold the Bind button for 3 seconds to pair the devices. Now, you are ready to configure and enjoy your favorite game!
If you would like to play a game that is not available on PC, you do not need to be unplugging cables. Many modern monitors multiple HDMI ports so that you can have a PC and PS4 connected to the same monitor at the same time. In addition to that, PC monitors suit the needs of gamers who prefer FPS or other competitive games because they are able to react to gamer movements faster due to lower input lag.
Make sure to check out BenQ EL2870U that features 2 HDMI ports as well as Display Port. It also has only ms input lag.
So now, how to set up your console with a monitor? To play your Xbox with a monitor, you most likely already have everything you need. However, there a few things you might need to consider. Your setup will very much depend on your monitor having HDMI input as well as built-in speakers.
If your monitor has an HDMI input, you can simply use an HDMI cable to connect Xbox to your display to get video. If your monitor also features built-in speakers, then the audio will play through built-in speakers over HDMI. In case your monitor does not have built-in speakers, check if it has an audio output. If your monitor has a 3.5 mm stereo, then you are lucky! You can connect any external audio device.
On the other hand, if your monitor has neither built-in speakers nor audio output, use other strategies to extract sound that are more common to non-HDMI monitors.
For monitors with no HDMI input, choose a different type of connector. Use DVI output and an HDMI-to-DVI adapter, VGA with an HDMI-to-VGA adapter or Display Port with an HDMI-to-Display Port adapter to display video. Now, once you figured the video, you have to take care of outputting audio.
In such a case, the easiest way to connect your console to PC with sound is to easily use a pair of headphones and connect it to your console controller via 3.5 mm stereo jack cable. Alternatively, to extract the audio you can get an HDMI-to VGA/DVO/Display Port adapter with an audio splitter and connect your home theater system or soundbar.
Summing it up, the biggest advantage is using a single PC monitor to play both Xbox and PC so you can switch between different devices when you feel like switching games or platform. With this combined setup you can optimize your desk space and money. It saves you time since you do not have to unplug cables and rearrange your equipment.