If you have your PC set up as a living room gaming PC and media center, why use a mouse for everything when you could just use your game controller?
The connect button on your Xbox One controller lets the Xbox One know that it is ready to connect. It is located on the top of the controller, on the same side as the triggers and USB port. Once you have located the connect button on your controller, press and hold it. Select the Xbox controller device and right click on it d. Now select properties. In the properties window, under Driver tab, click on Uninstall button. To remove the software, follow these steps. Press Windows key + X, choose Programs and Features. From the list find the Xbox 360 wireless controller software. Right-click and uninstall it.
If you want to map your PS3 controller as an Xbox 360 controller, use Xinput Wrapper. This much better than MotionJoy because it replaces the PS3 driver, and there's no interface or adware involved. This much better than MotionJoy because it replaces the PS3 driver, and there's no interface or adware involved. Start your Xbox controller by pressing the Xbox logo on the controller. Now press the controller bind button for three seconds and release. Press the Windows + R button to launch the Run application. In the dialogue box type “ms-settings:”. This launch your computer’s settings in front of you.
By default, Xbox controllers work well with many PC games, but it won’t allow you to navigate the desktop and play something from Netflix. But with some third party software, you can use an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller as a mouse and keyboard. If you have one of Valve’s Steam controllers, it’ll work as a mouse and keyboard on your desktop with no additional tweaks required.
Xbox Controllers Require Additional Software
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Microsoft doesn’t include this feature by default for Xbox controllers, so you’ll need a software program that can make an Xbox controller function as a mouse and keyboard. Thankfully, there are a number of options. Gopher360 is a free and open source one, and it works without any additional configuration. The other applications here require some setup.
Just download and run Gopher360. It’s a lightweight application that “just works” when you run it. Use the left-stick to move the mouse cursor, press the “A” button to left-click, and press the “X” button to right-click. The Gopher360 website lays out the key configuration in more detail.
If you want to use the Windows on-screen keyboard with it, you’ll need to right-click the Gopher360 application and select “Run as Administrator.” You can then use the Windows on-screen keyboard to type. To make it always run as administrator, you can right-click the Gopher.exe file, select “Properties,” select the “Compatability” tab, and activate the “Run this program as an administrator” option.
To launch the on-screen keyboard in Windows 10, you can right-click the taskbar and select “Show touch keyboard button.” You’ll then see a keyboard icon near your system tray. Click it using the controller and you’ll get an on-screen keyboard you can use for typing. It’s not ideal for large amounts of typing, but could come in handy if you want to quickly search Netflix for something.
Gopher360 will only function while it’s running and open in the background. To ensure it’s always functioning, you can place the Gopher.exe file in your computer’s Startup folder. Windows will automatically run when you log in.
Gopher360 isn’t your only choice, but it is our favorite. If you want to try something else, though, both JoyToKey and Xpadder are advanced game controller configuration tools, and each can be used to make the controller function as a mouse and keyboard. However, they require configurations and profiles, so they’re not quite as plug-and-play. JoyToKey is also shareware, so it’s not completely free.
If you’re willing to spend a bit of money, you might want to try Controller Companion, which is well-reviewed on Steam and costs $2.99. Designed for use with Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers, it’ll make your controller function as a mouse on the desktop. More interestingly, it includes a custom on-screen keyboard that some people might find more efficient than the native Windows on-screen keyboard.
Steam Controllers Just Work
If you have one of Valve’s Steam controllers, it will natively functions as a mouse and keyboard. As long as you have it connected to your PC, you can just use it on the windows desktop.
The right touchpad on the controller moves the cursor–you can even flick your finger across the touchpad and the cursor will continue moving. The right shoulder button performs a left-click, and the left shoulder button performs a right-click. This sounds like the opposite of what it should be, but the right shoulder button is in the most convenient location, so it makes sense.
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Other buttons also perform convenient actions. For example, the left touchpad functions as a scroll wheel, while the joystick functions as up, down, left, and right arrow keys.
You can actually adjust all these controls yourself. To do so, open Steam’s Big Picture mode interface, select the “Settings” cog button in the top-right corner of the screen, select “Configurations” under Controller, and select “Desktop configuration.” You can tweak your settings from here like you’d tweak the Steam controller’s profiles to work with any game.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to open Steam’s on-screen keyboard, as it’s part of the Steam overlay. But you can use the Windows on-screen keyboard, just as you’d use it with an Xbox controller.
There’s really no subsitite for a keyboard and mouse for heavy PC use, but having a controller function as a basic mouse and keyboard is great for some basic Netflix or other video-playback and web-browsing in your living room. It’s a shame support for using Microsoft’s own Xbox controllers on the Windows desktop isn’t just built into Windows, but with the right software, you’ll be up and running in no time.
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Microsoft’s consoles have always shipped to consumers with the highest quality gaming controllers and the Xbox One is no different. Less of a complete overhaul of the Xbox 360 gamepad and more of a refinement, the Xbox One’s controller is perfect for any and all games.
So, what if you game on a PC and crave something other than a mouse and keyboard? Or want to try SteamOS? We’ve got some good news: The Xbox One controller supports Windows PC and setting it up only takes a few minutes. Microsoft’s official drivers allow any Xbox One controller to work with PC games that have controller support.
How to connect an Xbox One controller to PC
To help you play all of your favorite PC games with your favorite Xbox One controller, we’ve put together this simple step-by-step walkthrough. Before we begin, you should know that there are three ways to do this: USB, wireless, or Bluetooth. You should also make sure your controller is updated with the latest Firmware.You might also like How to connect a PS4 controller to a PC and How to connect Nintendo Switch controllers to a PC
Connect your Xbox One controller using USB
Step 1: Use a micro USB cable to connect your Xbox One controller to your PC. If you have a wireless controller, simply use your charging cable. If you have a wired controller, well, you can just plug it in like you would with your console.
Operating system specific limitations
Windows 10: You can have eight controllers connected at once. With chat headsets connected, that number decreases to four and with stereo headsets, it drops to two.
Windows 7/8: You can only connect four controllers at once. No headset support.
Connect your Xbox One controller wirelessly
- Step 1: Purchase the Xbox Wireless Adapter ($25).
- Step 2: Connect Xbox Wireless Adapter to an open USB port on your PC. Complete the setup process for the adapter as outlined here.
- Step 3: Press the Guide button (Xbox logo) on your controller to turn it on.
- Step 4: Press the sync button on top of the controller until the Xbox logo begins flashing (it’s the small button just right of LB).
- Step 5: Press the small sync button on the adapter. Once the Xbox logo on the controller stops flashing and turns solid, you’re good to go.
Connect your Xbox One controller using Bluetooth
Some Xbox One controllers support Bluetooth for wireless connection. To tell if your controller does, look at the plastic around the Xbox logo. Is it part of the face of the controller? If so, it has Bluetooth. But if the plastic surrounding the logo matches and leads into the triggers/bumpers, it doesn’t support Bluetooth. Bluetooth compatible Xbox One controllers came bundled with the Xbox One S and have been sold ever since. So if you purchased a new controller after August 2016, there’s a good chance it has Bluetooth. Look at the images below as an example.
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- Step 1: Navigate to Settings on your PC and click Devices.
- Step 2: Click the Bluetooth settings option to make sure your Bluetooth is turned on. Stay in this menu.
- Step 3: Press the Guide button and then the sync button on your controller. The logo should start blinking.
- Step 4: On your PC, choose “Add Bluetooth or other device,” and click Bluetooth. This tells your PC to look for your controller.
- Step 5: Once it shows up, choose Xbox Wireless Controller to finish the pairing process.