How to Use a Game Controller With PC Games

by Nick Miles ; Updated September 28, 2017

As video game consoles have become more and more popular, PC gaming has seen a decline. Many popular PC franchises have already made the leap to consoles and others seem sure to follow. Many gamers like the feel and control of gaming controllers and prefer to use them even with PC games. Because it connects with a USB plug, the Xbox 360 wired controller is the easiest to plug in to your computer and use with PC games.

Download the controller software by going to:


Select your controller, your operating system and your language and confirm that you wish to download the software.

Install the software after it has finished downloading. You may be prompted to restart your computer in order for the changes to take place.

Connect the controller to your PC by plugging it in to a USB port.

Test that the controller works by click the “Start” button, selecting “Control Panel,” clicking “Printers and Other Hardware” and selecting “Game Controllers.” Select the Xbox controller and press the buttons to ensure that they are registering on the computer.

Load up the game you wish to play on your PC.

Select the “Options” menu in the game and go to the controls section.

Select the Xbox controller as your input device and map the commands to the desired position on the controller. You can now start a new game and use the controller to play.

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Nick Miles has been writing since 2006, with articles appearing on the sci-fi and horror website FanCrush Networks. Miles holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and electronic arts from California State University, Long Beach.

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