Xbox One Controller will not pair (bluetooth)

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Apple Silicon (M1) Mac' started by TimothyG7, Nov 16, 2021.

  1. TimothyG7

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    I am trying to pair my Xbox One bluetooth controller with Windows 11 Parallels. When I turn pairing on my controller, I can see the controller in Windows 11 bluetooth. I try connecting, and it asks me for a pin. I entered 00 as mentioned in this article (https://kb.parallels.com/124771). Then I get the message "Unknown device" from Windows and it does not pair.

    Is anyone else having this problem?

    I tried contacting Parallels support and so far it has been futile. My ticket has not been responded to. I also tried chatting but the chat program has a very short idle timeout period so I've now gotten disconnected 3 times and having to restart each time. Very infuriating.

    I purchased this software strictly for gaming. If I can't connect the controller, I will likely ask for a refund as it is otherwise pointless for me.
     
  2. TimothyG7

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    Also should mention

    - bluetooth sharing is on
    - accessibility and full disk access under security and privacy have a checkbox next to parallels desktop
    - controller works fine in MacOS
     
  3. GabeZs

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    Hello TimothyG7,
    Unfortunately Bluetooth sharing with an Xbox one controller (or really any other Bluetooth controller) is not working properly. You will need to downgrade Parallels to version 17.0.0.1 and also use a USB cable.

    See the following KB for downgrade:
    https://kb.parallels.com/en/128608
     
  4. TimothyG7

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    Thanks for the info. Is there any plan for them to fix this?
     
  5. GabeZs

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    I imagine they'll fix it at some point. But to be honest, Bluetooth support was never great to begin with. I think it would be a better experience once there's a compatible driver for the Xbox wireless adapter.
     
  6. TimothyG7

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    Fair enough. With that said, I am requesting a refund under the 30 day money back guarantee. This was a critical requirement for me. I don't want to have to downgrade my version or use a cable. Thank you for the help, anyways.
     
  7. ColinM12

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    I got a callback about my issue with this, did a screen sharing session, tried pairing, didn't work. Then it worked for about 3 seconds, and then didn't.
    They said my case would be escalated. So we'll see what the next level says.
     
  8. Jim Aloye

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    Any fix yet? I have the same problem. No fix yet for me.
     
  9. SWANDY

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    Not a real concern for me - almost all my Windows games at this point are mouse/keyboard controls - but would love to have this resolved so I can at least try it out.
    But as far as other Bluetooth devices (Apple Keyboard, Apple Magic Mouse, Logitech Mouse) they all work perfectly. So I think it's not a bluetooth issue at this point but something going on with the Microsoft xbox controllers.
     
  10. Jim Aloye

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    I have the same problem. I would even be happy if someone can provide for me a known comparable usb-c bluetooth adapter that I can pass directly through to the virtual machine bypassing the Mac to remove the issue where the Mac keeps pulling the bluetooth enabled xbox controller back to max which is why it doesn't work in windows virtual machine, but the parallels support technician gave me a solution that doesn't match the problem. They answered a question I didn't ask and provided a fix for something I never submitted. Until parallels technical support can understand the issue, I don't see any resolution coming.
     
  11. Jim Aloye

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    Here is the link to my USB-C question that still hasn't been answered: https://forum.parallels.com/threads...or-windows-11-arm-that-actually-works.355976/

    This would be a good enough solution for me, if I can find a comparable usb-c bluetooth adapter.
     
  12. TimothyG8

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    Any luck? I am actually OP but on a new account.
     

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