If you’re anything like us, you want to play it when you feel like playing a game straight away. Unfortunately, if you’re playing on an Xbox One, you currently have to wait four or five seconds between when you press the button to turn on the controller and when the controller syncs with the system. What an ordeal!
Microsoft feels your pain and is working to fix this travesty of fast gaming. Last night, members of the Xbox Preview Program got their hands on a firmware update for the controller that reduces the wait time for the controller to sync to two seconds. The update also brings unspecified “stability improvements”. Regular Xbox One owners will get the update soon, but until then, they can stare longingly at this video of the speed difference.
To update the controller’s firmware, you’ll need to dig out a USB cable to connect the controller to the console and dive into the bowels of the Xbox One menu to download and install the new feature. The inconvenience is worth it in the long run though, when you add up all those extra seconds spent gaming every time you turn on the console.
Now that that’s settled, we might get some new firmware-enabled controller updates in the future. Like… maybe one that turns the controller into a coffee maker? Firmware updates can do that, right?