#1 By: Jason Fitzpatrick, January 20th, 2014 12:34
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/178881/ask-htg-how-can-i-hook-up-my-xbox-360-controllers-to-my-computer/
If you hit up a big box retailer you may notice something a bit confusing. There’s wireless Xbox 360 controllers labeled for use with the Xbox and wireless controllers labeled for use with Windows. In reality the only difference is that one comes with a cheap wireless USB adapter. Read on as we show you how to get your controllers linked to Windows without shelling out $40+ to do it.
#2 By: Adam Olivero, January 20th, 2014 19:38
Great Article Jason. Just wondering at the Download site from Microsoft for the software and drivers there isn't any listed for Windows 8. Would the Windows 7 ones work though?
Also would you recommend ordering a Xbox 360 controller for Windows from Microsoft to get the wireless adapter from them if I don't have any 360 controllers at all and want to get started using them? One last question, you only need one adapter for 4 controllers right? Thanks!
#3 By: Jason Fitzpatrick, January 21st, 2014 00:33
The drivers for Windows 7 work great for Windows 8 (and, to make it easier, Windows 8 should include them already).
If you don't have a 360 controller and you're ordering one fresh, you might as well order the 360 for Windows version. It's the same price (give or take a few bucks) and you get the official 360 dongle from Microsoft. In theory that means you should get instant plug-and-play without all the extra steps outlined in the article. The 360 controller you get with an actual Xbox 360 and the controller that's labeled "for Windows" are identical save for the official dongle in the package. Hope that helps!
#4 By: Ashish Jain, January 21st, 2014 04:01
Thanks for the nice article. Have any one tried using Xbox chatpad on Windows 7. I want to use Xbox chatpad as a wireless keyboard and to add my wishlist can we connect chatpad to Nokia lumia windows 8 phones.
#5 By: Adam Olivero, January 21st, 2014 06:51
It does help thanks! Just wondering how many controllers one dongle can support too.
#6 By: Jason Fitzpatrick, January 21st, 2014 09:23
The dongle can support up to 4 controllers (but good look finding a lot of games for the PC with four player support!)
#7 By: Jason Fitzpatrick, January 21st, 2014 09:28
It looks like there is no official way to get the chatpad to work under Windows... but there are a lot of people working on getting third party support. You might want to check this thread out: https://code.google.com/p/chatpad-super-driver/issues/detail?can=2&start=0&num=100&q=&colspec=ID%20Type%20Status%20Priority%20Milestone%20Owner%20Summary&groupby=&sort=&id=46
#8 By: Adam Olivero, January 21st, 2014 10:01
Thanks Jason. The game Spelunky comes to mind.....
#9 By: Terry Dalton, January 21st, 2014 19:16
Great article, but I'm sticking with my old wired ?
XBox controller, but I use it for all my regular PC games so I may be missing the point.
Althouvh I am Saving thito my Docs for future reference.
#10 By: Tom Wilson, January 21st, 2014 22:00
You don't need to install drivers for Windows 7 or for Windows 8.
#11 By: Tom Wilson, January 21st, 2014 22:01
Chatpad does NOT work in Windows, and it will NEVER work on your Windows 8 phones.
#12 By: Ashish Jain, January 22nd, 2014 02:28
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#14 By: John Chorley, January 22nd, 2014 03:13
I've got a cheap 3rd party Xbox 360 controller and that worked as soon as I plugged it in, and most games actually recognise it as an Xbox Controller which is good. So you don't actually have to use Microsoft's 360 controller for Windows.
If you want to you can even use PS3 and Wii controllers providing you have Bluetooth on your PC.
#15 By: Rod, January 22nd, 2014 11:17
I also have some information for all those owners of the Windows version of the Xbox 360 wireless controller, who have a dead receiver. It is meant to die after a certain amount of time and usage due to a common business practice known as Planned Obseletion. It's a very easy thing to fix. It took me about 10 minutes to have mine up and running after reading an article just like this one.
I hope this is helpful to anyone who doesn't want to have to buy a whole new controller just for the dongle. I fixed mine about 2 years ago and it's still working strong, with the Microsoft drivers in Windows 7 x64.
#16 By: Tom Wilson, January 22nd, 2014 11:20
Yup. Microsoft actually has two, competing input standards: XInput and Direct Input. XInput detects the XBox controller natively, and the analog triggers show up as separate devices in your games. Direct Input detects the triggers as a single axis... which is really, really annoying.
I got so frustrated with this that I wrote my own program to map the triggers to buttons for those few games that don't support XInput...
I thought I had uploaded it to Google Code, but I can't find it. I guess I need to get it up there so other people can take advantage of it.
#17 By: John Chorley, January 22nd, 2014 11:32
There's prgrams like Xpadder than you can use if a game doesn't support controllers nativley. My Controller is direct input but xPadder and games seem to work fine with it.
#18 By: Bob D, January 23rd, 2014 05:36
there is a lot here and I admit I didn't read it all so sorry if this is a repeat but...
Just so you know...
the Charge and play will not work. I spent ages trying to get my pad working using the charge and play cable, this is just to charge and no data is sent down the cable, the data to the xbox is still wireless, connecting it to your PC will only charge and never allow you to play.
Also I also got these wireless connectors and it seemed really legit like it was from Microsoft, if they didn't make them I am sure they could sue who was making them.
#19 By: Tom Wilson, January 23rd, 2014 11:50
The Charge and Play cable works just fine: it charges the controller exactly like it's supposed to.
There's simply no data connection on the C&P cable... and this is by design. It doesn't provide data on the XBox either. I can have the C&P cable plugged in to one XBox and be using that controller to play a game on a different XBox.
You do need the wireless adapter to use any XBox wireless controller on a PC.
#20 By: Jason Fitzpatrick, January 30th, 2014 12:34
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