Get to know your Xbox One Wireless Controller

Overview

The controller for the Xbox One has many of the same features as the controller for Xbox 360, plus some new functionality.

The top and face of the wireless controller

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1 Left stick
2 Left bumper
3 View button
4 USB charge port
5 Xbox button
6 Menu button
7 Right bumper
8 Directional pad (D-pad)

9 Expansion port
10 Right stick

X X button
Y Y button
A A button
B B button

Xbox button (5). This button has multiple functions:

  • When the controller or console is turned off, hold this button to turn on the console. If the console is already on and the controller is off, hold this button to turn on the controller.
  • When the controller and console are already on, hold this button to turn off the console.
  • When using the console, press this button once to go to the Home screen, no matter where you are.
  • When viewing two snapped apps, press this button twice quickly to toggle between those apps.

View button (3). Use this button to focus in on an activity in a game or app, such as pulling up a map during a role-playing game or accessing the address bar in Internet Explorer. The functions of this button vary depending on the app or game.

Menu button (6). Use this button to access game and app menu options like Settings or Help, along with commands within the user interface like Enter on a keyboard.

USB charge port (4). Connects your wireless controller to the console using a mini USB cable. For more information, see About the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit.

Left stick (1) and right stick (10). Used to interact with games, apps, and the Xbox One interface. These move directionally, and they can also function as clickable buttons when you press down on them. (These did not change from the Xbox 360 controller.)

Left bumper (2) and right bumper (7). Used to interact with games, apps, and the Xbox One interface. (These did not change from the Xbox 360 controller.)

Directional pad (D-pad) (8). Used to interact with games, apps, and the Xbox One interface. (This did not change from the Xbox 360 controller.)

Expansion port (9). Used to connect other accessories, such as an Xbox One Chat Headset.

A, B, X, Y buttons. Used to interact with games, apps, and the Xbox One interface. (These did not change from the Xbox 360 controller.)

The bottom and back of the wireless controller

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2 Left bumper
4 USB charge port
7 Right bumper
9 Expansion port
11 Right trigger

12 IR window
13 Wireless enrollment button
14 Left trigger
15 Battery cover

Battery compartment cover (15).

Expansion port (9). Used to connect other accessories, such as the Xbox One Chat Headset.

Infrared (IR) window (12). Hidden behind the “smoked” plastic next to the USB port are infrared LEDs used for auto-pairing users to the controller via the Kinect sensor. To learn more about this feature, see How to assign a controller to a profile.

Wireless enrollment button (13). Used to wirelessly connect the controller to a console. For more information, see Connect a wireless controller to your Xbox One.

Left trigger (14) and right trigger (11). New Impulse Triggers rumble during gameplay.

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