This section only applies to those with wireless controllers. If you 8217;ve got a wired Xbox 360 controller, skip straight to Install software.
For those of you that own wireless Xbox 360 controllers, connecting to a PC isn 8217;t as straightforward as simply plugging the device in. First off, you 8217;ll need to purchase a capable receiver, then run the proper setup wizard.
After purchasing the wireless receiver, connect it to a compatible USB port on your computer (see Figure A below). Once plugged in, a green light will appear on the receiver indicating the device is working properly.
For the wireless gaming receiver and the wireless Xbox 360 controller to properly sync with one another, users must download the necessary software via Microsoft 8217;s website, or the bundled installation disc packaged with their receiver.
Once the download screen pops up, hit Run and allow the Xbox 360 Accessories Setup program to install the required files. Again, you may be required to restart your computer upon completion of the install.
If you 8217;re using a wired controller, just plug it in. You 8217;re good to go. Scroll down to Testing the Controller to make sure everything is working correctly.
If not, you 8217;ll need to connect the wireless Xbox 360 controller with the receiver plugged into your computer. To do so, first turn on the controller by holding down the Xbox Guide button in the center of the controller, and wait for the green backlight to turn on. Afterward, press the connect button on top of the wireless receiver (figure B) until it begins to flash green, then press the corresponding button on your controller (figure C).
That 8217;s all you have to do. The Xbox 360 controller is the typical default configuration for modern PC games, so you shouldn 8217;t have to do any special key bindings or settings tweaks in the vast majority of titles. Just make sure the controller is connected when you load the game, and it should be detected. In fact, some games can switch to the 360 controller automatically, even in the middle of gameplay.