If you enjoy using the Xbox One controller for gaming on your Xbox, it's also possible to use it for playing PC games simply by plugging in a USB cable, or more conveniently, purchasing an Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows. Microsoft made the adapter available way back in 2015, but earlier this month a new model was unveiled. It's 66 percent smaller, making it much nicer to use, especially with laptops, tablets, or in a crowded bank of USB ports.
According to Windows Central, the revised adapter was scheduled to launch this month in "select markets" for $24.99 and in the US specifically on August 8. However, for some as yet unexplained reason, Microsoft delayed the US launch by six months. The new Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 will now not be available until January 31, 2018. That also means the $79.99 Xbox One controller and wireless adapter combo will also be delayed until then.
My first thought was that Microsoft found an issue and decided to take some time to fix it. But that can't be the case as Japan will get the adapter on August 24. Australia and New Zealand get it in September. So either those dates are going to get put back as well, or there's a problem specific to the US for the adapter.
The original Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows remains available with a $24 price tag, so you won't be left without an option to play PC games with the Xbox One controller and no cable. It's surely going to be quite frustrating for US gamers if Microsoft does end up launching the more desirable adapter in other regions of the world months earlier than in its home territory, though.