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Gaming on the PC,
This review is from: Official Xbox 360 Common Controller for Windows - Black (PC) (Accessory)
I bought this controller solely for gaming on my PC, as i don't own an xbox360. And really mainly to play Skyrim, as i didn't like how it controlled on the PC. The interface felt like it was made for console too much.
I am actually surprised how many games actually work with it out of the box! Titles like Skyrim, GTA 4, Overlord, Borderlands and Saints Row 3 work right away and some even display the proper buttons on the interface as soon as you use the controller. Also a lot of the indie games from steam work with the controller (for example Trine 2 and LIMBO).
If a game doesn't support it, there are plenty of tools available to bind the buttons and analog sticks to keyboard presses and/or mouse movement. This opens a whole world of customization. I've tried this with World of Warcraft and a game called VVVVVV and it worked great.
It has a descent long wire which i guess is mainly for the xbox's purpose. There is optional software that you can install to make it respond to pressing the Live button, but i don't see any use for it if you only plan to use 1 controller, so i suggest not installing it. Windows 7 (and probably Vista too) will pick up this controller right away so you don't need to install things from a cd-rom.
So in short, if you're into gaming but still prefer a PC over a console like me, this is your thing! I can safely say that pretty much every new game that comes out that is also on the consoles will work with this controller out of the box. I should have bought one of these ages ago!
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Initial post: 5 Mar 2012 20:53:18 GMT
Hey, I hope you recieve this because I am fairly new to PC gaming and I do feel like down the line I will need a 360 controller for some games that dont feel right on keyboard and mouse, so I just have a question on how to set it up once I recieve it. Is it a matter of just plugging it into the machine and it does all the rest, or do I need to buy some kind of software that allows it to read it or something. And where do I find these 'tools' to rebind the keys to the controller. Cheers. :)
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012 05:57:58 GMT
R. Degen says:
That truely depends on the game you're trying to play. For example, Skyrim on Windows 7 is just plug it in and play. Same goes for Halo 2, GTA 4, Saints Row 3, Borderlands, Just Cause 2, Trine 2, and Limbo just to name a few games i know for sure they work right away. For those its just plug it in and play (though you might have to go into something like options, controlls and enable game or xbox controller). For a lot of other games that don't support it, you can download plenty of programs that help you set it up for any game you like (with a little configuration). If the game is new, and it's been on xbox, you can safely assume it will take the xbox controller on the PC version right away.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012 16:05:15 GMT
Ah, I see. Thanks very much for your help. So if it's available for the 360, it's a pretty safe bet the controller will work. Thanks for your help. :)
Posted on 15 Jun 2013 00:23:05 BDT
Mr. N. R. Milverton says:
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2013 09:54:07 BDT
This is not the place to start flaming...
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2013 14:35:07 BDT
Mrs. Maureen Olafsen says:
Thanks for posting this...I've had Skyrim since Christmas 2012, and haven't really played it yet, as it feels "weird" with the mouse...it feels like he's walking and seeing from his chest, not his eyes or head. I was thinking of trying this controller....and I'm glad I read your review...thanks I will try it.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2013 14:39:17 BDT
R. Degen says:
Please keep reviews on topic.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2013 19:09:35 BDT
You playing through your character, and not from beyond him as in 3rd person? I'm sure i saw a mod somewhere that changed the height etc that you looked through, as it did feel a bit odd, but I preferred to play 3rd person mostly anyway.
Posted on 20 Aug 2013 22:05:34 BDT
Mr. A. Tchoudinov says:
One word, mods.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2013 00:29:27 BDT
James Duncan says:
I agree with this person, even just SkyUI makes it feel more "PC".