Controller:Xbox 360 Controller

From PCGamingWiki, the wiki about fixing PC games
Xbox 360 Controller
Xbox-360-Controller-Black.png
XInput support
Predecessor
Successor
 Xbox 360 Controller at Wikipedia

Key points

Natively supported by most modern games.
Drivers map triggers to same axis in Directinput games
The Play & Charge Cable does not work for connecting a wireless controller; it is only for charging.
The Xbox 360 Chatpad is not natively supported; use the chatpad super driver (wired controllers only).

General information

Official Xbox website
Official Microsoft Hardware division website
"Xbox on other devices" at Xbox Support

Availability[edit]

Wired controller - Official website
Wireless controller - Official website (Comes bundled with a Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows)
Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows - Amazon (Required for use of the Wireless Xbox 360 Controller on Windows)

Use with PC platforms[edit]

Windows[edit]

The controller/receiver should be automatically detected on Windows Vista and later. If it is not detected or you are using Windows XP install the Xbox 360 Accessories Software (for both wired and wireless controllers).

Xbox 360 controller manager[edit]

The Xbox360 controller for Windows has a well-known limitation, namely you can't turn it off with the GUIDE button, except in Games for Windows Live games. This software solves that problem. Just start it, and it will detect when the GUIDE button is pressed, allowing you to turn off the controller with its action buttons from the opening dialog box.

OS X[edit]

Use the TattieBogle OS X Driver.

Linux[edit]

This controller is "Plug and Play" on most distributions of Linux.
Xboxdrv is an alternative to the stock driver and allows many configuration options.

Issues fixed[edit]

The Xbox Support website has multiple support pages on using the Xbox 360 Controller with Windows.

"Using the Xbox 360 controller for Windows"
"Troubleshoot your Xbox 360 controller for Windows"
"Set up your Xbox 360 controller for Windows"
"Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows"
"Configure your Xbox 360 controller for Windows"

No force feedback vibration in DirectInput games[edit]

Install Force Feedback Driver for XInput (for Windows 8 and later use the Windows 7 version). Some games will still not support vibration even with this installed.

Wireless Gaming Receiver randomly disconnects[edit]

The receiver doesn't work in a USB 3.0 or 1.1 port, only use it in a USB 2.0 port.

Broken Wireless Gaming Receiver[edit]

A very common issue where the Microsoft Wireless Receiver suddenly fails and stops working.
Bridge bad fuse by soldering[1][2]
Best guide to follow for this procedure.

Inaccurate d-pad[edit]

If you experience input errors from the d-pad, following this procedure might fix it.

Wireless Gaming Receiver not recognized[edit]

This is usually caused by using a knock-off receiver; the official Wireless Gaming Receiver is never sold separately.
Manually connecting a wireless controller[3]
  1. Download the and install the Xbox 360 Accessories Software.
  2. Open the Device Manager:
    • Windows 8: Right click the Start corner or press Win+X, choose Device Manager.
    • Vista and 7: Open the Start menu, type devmgmt.msc press Enter.
  3. Right click on the Unidentified Device and choose Properties.
  4. On the Driver tab click Update driver.
  5. Click Browse my computer for driver software.
  6. Choose Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
  7. Choose Microsoft Common Controller for Windows Class.
  8. Choose Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows Version: 2.1.0.1349 [8/13/2009]
  9. If a warning appears, choose Yes.
  10. The wireless controller can now be connected by holding the central Guide button until it starts flashing.

Other information[edit]

Related accessories[edit]

  • Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows - Required for use of a wireless Xbox 360 controller on PC
  • Headset accessories - Both wired and wireless headsets should work with Windows
  • Xbox 360 Chatpad - usable with the chatpad super driver (wired controllers only)

Technical information[edit]

Device name: Controller (XBOX 360 For Windows), HWID: 045E:028E
Controller button Button label and axis
A Button 1
B Button 2
X Button 3
Y Button 4
LB Button 5
RB Button 6
LT Z-axis positive
RT Z-axis negative
Back Button 7
Start Button 8
Left stick Button 9, X-axis, Y-axis
Right stick Button 10, X-rotation, Z-rotation
Guide button
D-pad up POV up
D-pad down POV down
D-pad left POV left
D-pad right POV right

References

  1. http://blog.chase.net.au/index.php/2009/06/broken-xbox-360-wireless-receiver-for-windows/
  2. https://replayproject.wordpress.com/2010/10/09/how-to-repair-microsoft-xbox-360%E2%84%A2-wireless-gaming-receiver-for-windows%C2%AE/
  3. Amazon.com: Bryan E. McClendon "StraightupNoob"'s review of Wireless Pc Usb Gaming Receiver for Xbox 3...