Eight wireless Xbox One controllers can be connected to the console at once, Microsoft has revealed.

The figure was confirmed on the Xbox One website, which also revealed that each controller carries a 30 foot wireless range.

The number is double that of Xbox 360 which only included support for four simultaneous controllers.

PlayStation 3 allowed players to hook up seven controllers at once, but it isn't yet clear how many connected controllers PS4 will support.

Xbox One controllers integrate a new infra-red technology that allow for "seamless profile and controller pairing", which lets the console see which player is holding each controller and reflect it in-game accordingly.

Xbox One is allegedly due to launch in "late November".

Source: xbox.com