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Xbox 360 Controller Emulator

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Key points

Allows DirectInput controllers to be treated as XInput controllers. The Xbox 360 Controller Emulator can also be used with a PS3 Controller.
Can be used to simulate multiple controllers, useful in games featuring native split-screen multiplayer support such as Rocket League.

General information

Development repository
Compatibility list

Installation (game-specific)

If a game runs as 32-bit then download the 32-bit version of the emulator, otherwise download the 64-bit version. Most 32-bit games are often referred to as Win32 or x86, while 64-bit games will often be marked as x64.
Install X360CE for a specific game
  1. Plug-in the desired controller and let Windows install any default drivers if needed.
  2. Download the Xbox 360 Controller Emulator as 32-bit or 64-bit depending on the game. Refer to the game-specific article or Windows Task Manager to identify process architecture.
  3. Extract x360ce.exe inside a new folder in any location.
  4. Run x360ce.exe, when asked to create the xinput1_3.dll file select Create.
  5. On the New Device Detected window, leave the default settings on, then select Next and Finish.
  6. Close the program, when asked to save select Yes.
  7. Copy x360ce.ini and xinput1_3.dll to the path where the game's main executable is located.


If the files have been setup correctly, a sound effect should play once the game is launched.
Simply delete x360ce.ini and xinput1_3.dll from the game's folder to uninstall X360CE for that specific game.

Issues unresolved

Can't use controllers with Unity engine games

Unity is incompatible due to the Unity input manager using Raw Input instead of DirectInput.[1] See Controller for other alternatives.

Problem setting right stick on some controllers such as SteelSeries 3GC

X360CE shows controller is offset as follows: 32767;-32768

Issues fixed

Emulator not being detected

Some games use xinput1_4.dll (e.g. OlliOlli).
Note that this will not work for Unity engine games.
Rename xinput1_3.dll
  1. Setup the Xbox 360 Controller Emulator as usual, then close it.
  2. Rename xinput1_3.dll to xinput1_4.dll.

Right Analog Stick Activates Left Trigger

Replace Xinput1_3.dll with a different version[2]
  1. Setup the Xbox 360 Controller Emulator as usual, then close it.
  2. Download a special xinput1_3.dll.
  3. Extract it and copy it to a folder where you're installing X360CE, replacing the xinput1_3.dll from X360ce.


After replacing a file, X360CE will display a warning about configuration file not matching the X360CE version - ignore it.

Other information

Change controller slot

Xbox 360 Controller Emulator Priority Example.jpg
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Select the desired controller, then find the Controller tab, located on the second row.
  2. Find the Map To drop down menu, and set the desired player slot.