How to connect your Xbox 360 controller to a PC
It wasn’t that long ago that attempting to connect a controller to your personal computer (PC) was either impossible or required an excessive amount of wires and cords in order to be successful. However, thanks to recent advancements in technology, it is now much simpler to connect your controller to your personal computer (PC) by utilising Bluetooth and other similar methods.
Plug in your wireless receiver
Those who are using wireless controllers are the only ones who should read this section. If you are using a wired controller for your Xbox 360, you can skip this step and go straight to installing the software.
For those of you who have wireless Xbox 360 controllers, connecting to a PC is not as simple as plugging the device in like it is for those of you who have wired controllers. To begin, you will need to make a purchase of a receiver that is capable, and then you will need to run the appropriate setup wizard.
Receiver for the Xbox wireless network
If you do not already own a receiver, you can expect to spend between $10 and $20 to purchase one. The official Microsoft version will run you a little bit more money than that, but there are a lot of third-party versions that you can buy that work just as well.
After you have purchased the wireless receiver, you should connect it to a USB port that is compatible with your computer (see Figure A below). After the receiver has been connected to a power source, a green light will illuminate to indicate that the device is operating as intended.
Users are required to either download the necessary software from the Microsoft website or use the bundled installation disc that comes packaged with their wireless gaming receiver in order for the wireless gaming receiver and the wireless Xbox 360 controller to properly sync with one another.
Insert the installation CD into the primary optical drive of your personal computer and follow the instructions provided by the wizard that appears on the screen if you have the CD for installation, which is unlikely but possible. It is possible that you will need to restart your computer. If this is not the case, you can download the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows from the link provided; if your controller is wired, select Xbox 360 Controller for Windows instead. Select the language of the operating system, choose the version of Microsoft Windows that you are using (the drivers for Windows 7 will work for both Windows 8 and Windows 10), and then click the Download button.
After the download screen has appeared, select Run from the menu and give the Xbox 360 Accessories Setup programme permission to install the necessary files. Once more, after the installation is finished, it is possible that you will be required to restart your computer.
Syncing the controller
You simply need to plug in your controller if it is a wired variety. You are ready to move forward. To check that everything is functioning properly, scroll down to the section labelled “Testing the Controller.”
If this is not the case, you will need to connect the wireless Xbox 360 controller to your computer using the receiver that came with it. To accomplish this, you must initially power on the controller by depressing the Xbox Guide button located in the middle of the controller and waiting for the controller’s green backlight to illuminate. After that, press the connect button that is located on the top of the wireless receiver (Figure B) until the light begins to flash green. After that, press the button that is located on your controller that corresponds to that light (Figure C).
After what should only be a few seconds, the pairing process will complete, at which point the light on the receiver will return to its consistent green state, and one of the four corners around the Guide button on the controller will light up (Figure D). If the problem persists, you can find additional assistance on the support page of the Microsoft website.
Testing the controller
It is time to test the connection once the required software has been installed and the controller has been plugged in or synchronised, whichever came first. Your personal computer’s Start menu can be accessed by clicking the Search button, then entering “game controllers” into the text box that appears. You need to look for a menu option that says something like “Set up USB game controllers.”
Test the functionality of your controller by turning the joysticks, pulling on the triggers, and pressing all of the buttons. This will ensure that your controller is operating as it should. If everything is functioning as it should, you will notice that the appropriate action has been highlighted within the app. The state of each button should be reflected in the system at all times. It makes no difference which part of the screen is lit up as long as it is accurately reflecting all of the actions you take.
If your application isn’t properly pairing with your controller and certain buttons aren’t lighting up on the screen, you can visit the support website for Xbox to find detailed instructions on how to troubleshoot the issue.
Get the game going.
In an effort to make things easier, the company decided to make the Xbox 360 controller the standard configuration for the majority of newly released PC games. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll need to fiddle with the settings or assign key bindings before you can get started playing.
While you are loading your game, it is highly recommended that you check to make sure that your controller is completely paired. This is because if the two devices aren’t connected, the game won’t be able to detect your controller. Even while they are in the middle of playing, users can switch to Xbox 360 controllers for certain more recent games that support quick and convenient controller changes.