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Xbox One controller is one step closer to working on PC

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Microsoft said it expects to add Windows PC support for the Xbox One controller in 2014, but one developer is already taking an unofficial crack at getting the gamepad PC-ready.

Developer Chris Gallizzi got his hands on an Xbox One controller today and has been hacking away at it, getting Windows 7 to recognize it as a HID (human interface device) controller. While its functions are limited — analog sticks work in games like Hotline Miami and Amnesia, but buttons don't yet — Gallizzi tells Polygon he expects to have working drivers ready soon, perhaps as soon as this week.

Gallizzi says it's part of his job to "break things and make them work for other applications that they were never designed for," but also calls the desire to hack and mod things a hobby of his. He's done similar work with the PlayStation 4's new DualShock 4 controller, getting Sony's gamepad working with Mac OS X software.

Gallizzi says he expects to release his work soon, likely through Sourceforge or GitHub, if you're looking for a way to use your Xbox One controller on PC early.

You can see some of his Xbox One work in progress in a Vine that Gallizzi posted earlier today.

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