After the company’s big announcement yesterday, Microsoft is making a set of smaller announcements today by revealing new accessories which include a new universal Bluetooth keyboard, an Xbox One controller for Windows, and a new mouse.
The Xbox One controller for Windows which Microsoft is simply branding as “Xbox One Controller + Cable for Windows” is, for all intents and purposes, just an Xbox One controller with an included specialized 9-foot USB cable to connect the controller to a PC. This means the controller can still be used with the Xbox One either wirelessly or with the USB cable. Connecting to a PC wirelessly still isn’t possible for the Xbox One controller until Microsoft releases a wireless dongle similar to what they used for the Xbox 360. The Xbox One Controller + Cable for Windows will be available sometime in November for an SRP of $59.95 on the Microsoft online store as well as through select retailers.
The new Bluetooth keyboard, called the Universal Mobile Keyboard, can work with three of the world’s most popular mobile operating systems – iOS, Windows, and Android. Users can easily switch which operating system they want to use the keyboard with by using the built-in OS switch. The keyboard features “chiclet” style keys, a protective cover which automatically turns on the keyboard when opened, and a detachable integrated stand. The Universal Mobile Keyboard will be available in October at an estimated retail price of $79.95 on the Microsoft Store and at select retailers.
Lastly, Microsoft is releasing a new version of its popular and uniquely designed Arc mouse. The new Arc mouse, now called the Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse, features all the same functions as the previous Arc mouse including the touch strip, BlueTrack technology, and the ability to flatten the mouse to shut it off. The differences come in the form of a new updated design and color and the addition of Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity which enables users to connect the Arc to their devices either through Bluetooth or the included USB nano transceiver.