The Xbox 360 controller is an excellent gaming device due to its convenience. Playing video games with a keyboard and mouse is inconvenient. Because you have to remember many keys and operations, the immediate response is complex, and eventually, your hands get tense from being busy. Connecting an Xbox to your PC can be a fantastic option in these circumstances.
Remember that there is no way to link an Xbox controller to your PC without a receiver. A converter is necessary to identify the connection. We’ll explain how to do this later, but don’t worry about it for now.
Connecting an Xbox 360 controller to your PC without a receiver with three methods is possible.
You can connect via cables
The wired option is the easiest way to connect your Xbox to your PC. The setup procedure is quite simple and straightforward. First, find a USB port on your PC. Then insert the controller into the USB port.
The following process will be automated. Your computer will automatically identify and download the necessary drivers after connecting your controller.
Buy the Microsoft Xbox bundle
This procedure is somewhat tricky and requires several accessories. It is also more expensive than other options. If you don’t already have an Xbox, this is the way to go. You can connect it wirelessly to your PC if you buy the Microsoft Xbox for Windows bundle. So all you have to do now is purchase this bundle and get started.
As a result, you will have to look elsewhere. However, do a little study on the subject; Because it’s a copy of the original Microsoft adapter. The quality may not be as high, but it is acceptable to use them.
Buy an adapter
The third alternative is to purchase an adapter/receiver that connects your Xbox Wireless to a PC. Microsoft adapters are included in the Microsoft Xbox bundle and are not available individually.
As a result, you will have to shop elsewhere. However, do some research on the subject of quality. Because they are imitations of the original Microsoft adapters.
Connecting the Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver to your PC
Depending on the version of Windows you are using, installing Microsoft Xbox on a PC may require several operations. The general process, however, is straightforward.
In the next section, we will guide you through the installation procedure step by step.
- Installing the Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver on Windows 8 and 10.
- Installing the receiver is accessible on Windows 8 and 10.
- Your computer will automatically start downloading the necessary drivers.
- Once the installation is complete, you can start playing.
- Confirm the successful connection by completing a few simple tasks for added security.
- Go to start menu
- Type ‘Device Manager’ in the search box
- You will see ‘Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows
This shows that you have successfully installed Microsoft Xbox Receiver on your PC.
The Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver installation process varies depending on Windows 7 and earlier versions. The download does not start automatically on Windows 7 or earlier but must be downloaded manually.
- Firstly, connect the adapter to the device controller.
- Then insert the USB drive.
- You will see a wizard on the screen. It will tell you to move to your operating system.
- If your windows already have relevant files, you need to click auto-install. It will continue, and the Setup will run successfully.
- If Windows does not own the files, you need to follow some more steps.
The CD supplied with the Microsoft Xbox bundle is a simple solution. Install the drivers on your PC by inserting the CD into your computer’s CD ROM.
If it doesn’t work, go to ‘Device Manager’ on your PC and look for the drivers, whether they are present or not. If they have been installed, you will see a command called ‘pair controller with PC’. Connect your Xbox controller to your PC using the link above.
Installing an unofficial Xbox Receiver on Windows 10 will help you install a third-party Xbox Receiver on your PC: You need to follow some additional actions to install a third-party Xbox Receiver. The process is complex because you are connecting a duplicate Microsoft Xbox receiver to your computer. However, it is compatible with your PC and works fine.
In all versions of Windows, the procedure is similar. Follow the steps below carefully.
Install Xbox drivers on your PC
The first step is to install the necessary drivers on your PC. It consists of the following actions: Locate the USB port on your PC and insert the adapter into it. Open Device Manager by going to Start Control Panel and then double-clicking Devices (or right-click, go to Update driver software).
Select “Other Devices” from the dropdown menu, selecting “Unknown Device.” Then click “Update Driver Software”, which will take you to a window asking if you want to “Browse my computer”. Choose it and follow the instructions displayed. This will take you to a dialogue box that says “Browse my computer”, where you can choose it.
Select the “Let me pick from a list of device drivers” option. You will get a complete list of devices. Choose “Xbox 360 Peripherals.” Another page will display all the versions to choose from; you must select the latter and press the yes button to start the installation.
Connect the Xbox controller to your PC
In this step, you link the Xbox controller to your PC. First, press the “pair” button on the receiver and connect the switch to the controller. Then press the guide button on your controller. If the backlight that illuminates your device’s screen turns green, it means that your controller is connected to your computer and ready to play. You can also check that everything is connected correctly. Here are some tips: