Controller:Xbox 360 Controller

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Key points

Natively supported by most modern games.
Microsoft driver maps triggers to same axis in DirectInput games
The Play & Charge Cable does not work for connecting a wireless controller; it is only for charging.
The Xbox 360 Chatpad is not natively supported; use the Chatpad Super Driver (wired controllers) or Xbox360wirelesschatpad Driver (wireless controllers). Custom application Controller Companion has experimental support for Chatpad.

General information

Official Xbox website
Official Microsoft Hardware division website
"Xbox on other devices" at Xbox Support


Wired controller - Official website
Wireless controller - Official website (Comes bundled with a Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows)
Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows - Amazon (Required for use of the Wireless Xbox 360 Controller on Windows)

Use with PC platforms[edit]


The controller/receiver should be automatically detected on Windows Vista and later. If it is not detected or you are using Windows XP install the Xbox 360 Accessories Software (for both wired and wireless controllers).

OS X[edit]

Use the 360Controller driver or TattieBogle OS X Driver.


This controller is "Plug and Play" on most distributions of Linux.
Xboxdrv is an alternative to the stock driver and allows many configuration options.


Controller can be found in Supported Controller Database and it's correctly recognizable as Xbox 360 controller.

Steam Link compatibility[edit]

Works natively over USB and Wireless Xbox 360 Adapter. All buttons are mapped correctly.
Works without any drivers on any operating system that supports Steam.
Can be used just to send input from a controller to a PC. Go into Streaming options, hit Y and disable video and audio streaming.
Won't work great unless you connect it to LAN or a low latency Wi-Fi.

Issues fixed[edit]

The Xbox Support website has multiple support pages on using the Xbox 360 Controller with Windows.

"Using the Xbox 360 controller for Windows"
"Troubleshoot your Xbox 360 controller for Windows"
"Set up your Xbox 360 controller for Windows"
"Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows"
"Configure your Xbox 360 controller for Windows"

No force feedback vibration in DirectInput games[edit]

See XInput Plus. Some games may still not support vibration even with this installed.

Guide button doesn't turn off controller[edit]

The Xbox 360 Controller for Windows has a well-known limitation, namely you can't turn it off with the GUIDE button, except in Games for Windows Live games.
Use Xbox 360 Controller Manager[citation needed]

Wireless Gaming Receiver randomly disconnects[edit]

The receiver doesn't work in a USB 3.0 or 1.1 port, only use it in a USB 2.0 port.

Broken Wireless Gaming Receiver[edit]

A very common issue where the Microsoft Wireless Receiver suddenly fails and stops working.
Bridge bad fuse by soldering[1][2]
Best guide to follow for this procedure.

Inaccurate d-pad[edit]

If you experience input errors from the d-pad, following this procedure might fix it.

Wireless Gaming Receiver not recognized[edit]

This is usually caused by using a knock-off receiver; the official Wireless Gaming Receiver is never sold separately.
Manually connecting a wireless controller[3]
  1. Download the and install the Xbox 360 Accessories Software.
  2. Open the Device Manager:
    • Windows 8: Right click the Start corner or press Win+X, choose Device Manager.
    • Vista and 7: Open the Start menu, type devmgmt.msc press Enter.
  3. Right click on the Unidentified Device and choose Properties.
  4. On the Driver tab click Update driver.
  5. Click Browse my computer for driver software.
  6. Choose Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
  7. Choose Microsoft Common Controller for Windows Class.
  8. Choose Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows Version: [8/13/2009]
  9. If a warning appears, choose Yes.
  10. The wireless controller can now be connected by holding the central Guide button until it starts flashing.

Other information[edit]

Related accessories[edit]

  • Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows - Required for use of a wireless Xbox 360 controller on PC
  • Headset accessories - Both wired and wireless headsets should work with Windows
  • Xbox 360 Chatpad - usable with the Chatpad Super Driver (wired controllers only)

Technical information[edit]

Device name: Controller (XBOX 360 For Windows), HWID: 045E:028E
Controller button Button label and axis
A Button 1
B Button 2
X Button 3
Y Button 4
LB Button 5
RB Button 6
LT Z-axis positive
RT Z-axis negative
Back Button 7
Start Button 8
Left stick Button 9, X-axis, Y-axis
Right stick Button 10, X-rotation, Z-rotation
Guide button
D-pad up POV up
D-pad down POV down
D-pad left POV left
D-pad right POV right

XInput Battery Meter[edit]

Displays a battery meter for connected XInput controller devices in the Windows taskbar.