How to Use a Game Controller With PC Games

by Nick MilesUpdated September 28, 2017
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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.


You can use the wireless Xbox 360 controller, but you will need to purchase the Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver in order to plug it in to your computer.

You can also use a PS3 controller connected via a USB cable, but you will need to download and install the libusb-win32-filter-bin- driver.

Not all games will work properly with a game controller.

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