How to Use the Wireless 360 Controller for PC Via Play & Charge

By Jose Leiva

Updated September 22, 2017

The Xbox 360, like the PlayStation 3 allows users to charge up their wireless controllers so they can play their video games while the controller charges up. Because the Xbox is made by Microsoft, any PC running a Microsoft operating system such as Windows 7 can use the play and charge kit to connect their Xbox 360 wireless controller to their PCs.


Plug the USB connector end of your play and charge kit into a USB port on your computer.


Plug the Xbox controller connector end of your play and charge kit into your Xbox 360 wireless controller. Your PC will automatically read the new device and start to look for software. If your remote doesn’t do so, then go to the Microsoft download gaming software page (see Resources) and download the software for your particular controller based on your particular version of the Windows operating system.


Insert or run a video game that is compatible with controllers on your PC, and the video game will read the Xbox 360 wireless controller that is plugged into your computer via your play and charge kit. Most Microsoft PC video games will be compatible with this controller.