Xbox One Can Have Up To Eight Controllers Connected At Once

That’s one more than the PS3, and three more than the Wii U.

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The number of controllers a console accepts at once has been a reasonably static quantity since Nintendo paved the way for four player local multiplayer gaming with the Nintendo 64. Sure, the PlayStation 3 could theoretically accept up to seven controllers at once, but that was not a capability that was ever truly utilized, so it was functionally a useless feature.

Microsoft, however, looks set to top Sony on that front by allowing the Xbox One to be connected to up to eight controllers at once. That’s one more than Sony and the PlayStation 3, folks.

VideoGamer reports that the figure comes straight from the Xbox website, which also confirmed a 30 feet range for each controller (similar to the Wii U controllers). The Xbox One will achieve wireless controller functionality using a new IR technology standard that Microsoft is using for the console.

The Wii U allows up to five controllers to be connected to it at once, although only one of them can be the Wii U Pad, while the rest all have to be standard controllers (Wii Remote, Wii Remote w/ Nunchuk, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro, Wii U Pro). It is unclear how many controllers Sony will allow on the PlayStation 4, although it is reasonable to expect the number will be at least seven.


  • InsaneZucchini

    What are you even supposed to do with 7 or eight controllers? Outside of something akin to Pokemon Rumble U with the large arena shoot up how are you supposed to accommodate so many people on one screen? Four Split screens can feel like a nuisance as it is. PS4 might be able to make it work if they’re pulling a Wii U and have those extra controllers being off-screen play PS Vitas. Smartglass can’t really work the same way the gamepad and PS Vita can though, lacking a d-pad, analog sticks, shoulder buttons, and everything else.

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