Xbox Series X/S Controller Has a Secret Feature

Published 02/09/2021, 2:55 PM EST
A 2020 Microsoft Xbox Series X wireless controller, taken on October 9, 2020. (Photo by Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images)


It’s been almost 3 months since the console wars for the next generation of consoles began. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X have been among the hottest commodities in the market. Even after its release months ago, both the consoles are still hard to find as it remains sold out.

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Fans of both the consoles are fighting hard on which console gains the upper hand and the competition seems severe. However, Microsoft gains a serious advantage with the controller, being able to use it on multiple devices. Further, even Microsoft did not mention one of its coolest features.

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Xbox Series Controllers have a syncing feature

In a Reddit post dating back to almost 2 months ago, in December 2020, someone noticed a cool sync feature in the Series X/S controllers. Apparently, the controllers have a memory sync feature which can memorize the sync to a Xbox and another (Android/PC) device at the same time without having to sync every time.

Users of the Xbox consoles were unaware of the presence of such a feature. One Twitter user tweeted about the existence of such a feature. But as Xbox never announced it, most fans were apprehensive about its workings. All these claims were finally accepted after the Xbox’s official Twitter account responded to said tweets, confirming that this function did exist.

How to use the sync feature

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Users can only make use of this feature if they have the controller connected to both a Xbox and an Android/PC. In order to change the sync from one device to another, players can use the sync button on the back of the controller. If the user holds the button, it recalls the last connected Android/PC device, and it will flash a few times and recall that device.

A pair of Microsoft home video game consoles, including an Xbox Series S (L) and Xbox Series X, taken on October 27, 2020. (Photo by Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

In order to connect back to the Xbox console, double tap the Sync button quickly. It will flash once to sync back to your Xbox. This feature is highly useful for players who game on multiple devices. It is still unknown why Xbox never mentioned it in the information surrounding the console. But it is definitely worth checking out.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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