A firmware update pushed out by Microsoft on Wednesday allows gamers to keep their Bluetooth-enabled Xbox controller paired with both the console and a smartphone like Apple’s iPhone.
Available to members of the Xbox Insider Program, the firmware delivers Bluetooth Low Energy compatibility to Xbox One controllers with Bluetooth, Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controllers. The new function will enhance cross-platform connectivity and reduce latency, Microsoft said in a blog post.Once the firmware is installed, the controller will remember one Bluetooth host, like an iPhone or Android handset, and one Xbox Wireless host. Users can switch between host devices by tapping the controller’s pair button. Currently, gamers are required to manually move through the pairing process when transitioning between Xbox and iPhone.