Wireless Receiver for the Xbox 360 from China has arrived.
Wireless Receiver for my Xbox 360 controller (Sometimes referred to as a wireless dongle) from China is one of those tools that has become more and more relevant in the gaming industry with console ports and couch co-ops. And unlike other types of electronics I have gotten from China where it was inferior or simply was nothing more then a piece of plastic or an identifier chip saying what it was but it really did nothing at all. This adapter from china actually does work! But it needs the right drivers!
In case you have no-script enabled or for some reason cannot see the title video on this website. I have provided direct links for these videos.
- WebM – Link – This is the newest video standard, works great on Opera, Firefox, Chrome, and newer android phones, not good for Safari, IE, Apple.
- MP4 – Link – The most compatible codec but also rather large in file size. Make take a while to download.
- OGV – Link – The fallback codec for older PC’s and Linux USB stick OS’s. 1st generation web video streaming based on Ogg-Vorbis encoding.
When I still had an analytic installed I noticed a lot of people where saving my tutorials onto the hard-drive. I understand that you may not trust this site being around in the next few months. Or perhaps you are going into a part of the world where internet isn’t fantastic. Or perhaps you are a seller of these receivers and are looking for a document that you can print up and attach to your product. You can now download a PDF of this article for you to have , print, and read on your hard drive.
Now for those who don’t know what this little guy does; It allows you to hook up ANY wireless Xbox 360 Controller which operates on a wireless 2.4ghz range to your PC (Up to four devices just like the original Xbox 360) which is useful for playing a lot of Steam games which are coming out which are all about Couch-Action multiplayer action.
This wireless receiver is actually a really nice device to have considering Xbox One is released making the hardware of the 360 obsolete. And when hardware becomes obsolete it gets very cheap! I personally paid for 4 Xbox 360 controllers on eBay for around $55 with shipping included. Which isn’t bad at all! Read on if you would like to know more about this little $8 unit!
Original wireless receiver versus the Chinese version.
This is a brief summary and differences between the two Xbox 360 receivers that you will find out on the internet.
This is the official Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver. Note the Microsoft Logo on the casing and the tab on Cable.
I should note it is next to impossible to find an OEM Microsoft 360 Wireless Receiver unless you are willing to fork out $50-60 for a controller and receiver pack. Used game stores such as GameStop will not keep these around and often will not even have a receiver. GameStop treats odd-ball hardware devices by only offering a few pennies to buy it off of someone. When you do official receivers show up on eBay. they are typically going anywhere from $15-20 dollars because they are no longer in production thanks to the Xbox One.
This is the Chinese Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver with has no indication it came from Microsoft.
Chinese receivers will come in cheaper packing (if any at all) and will not say the word “Microsoft” anywhere on the unit or package. This allows them to sell this units in this country without them getting pulled for various intellectual property related laws (And don’t think Microsoft won’t go after people for this! They still throw cease and desist letters to people giving out MS-DOS disks for gods sake!) You’ll also get a CD and that’s about it! No real instructions in the packaging itself.
Wireless receiver woes:
Lets go through some of the issues encountered with the Chinese Wireless receiver.
Toss this CD, it’s pointless!
An issue with the Chinese receiver is that although it gives you a driver-CD. That CD is absolutely useless unless you have windows XP 32-bit you minus well just throw the thing away! So if you have a Windows 7 or Windows 8 box. The Screen Below is the typical screen you will get!
No driver update, can’t point to the CD because the OS supported is Windows XP. Crap!
This is because the China Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver is emitting a different hardware ID then the Microsoft one. USB\VID_045E&PID_0291 for windows 7 and USB\VID_05C6&PID_9244 for Windows 10. Because of this Windows has no clue on what to do about this and Unlike a wired 360 controller or dance pad where it will simply pull its drivers off of Windows Update. It cannot do anything with our Chinese receiver.
So how do we work around this problem?
Simple, we force the Microsoft driver down its throat!!!
Acquire the software.
You are first going to want to download the driver from Microsoft’s site dealing with Xbox Controllers. We highly recommend installing this driver as it will load all of the default Microsoft interfaces for this tutorial. Microsofts driver will give you a battery utility so when you press your center button for Xbox control it will tell you how much battery is left in your controller.
Would you like to download it directly? Click here to download the 32 bit version. This binary is version 1.2 and is identical between all platforms, windows XP, Vista, 7, and presumably 8.
Otherwise, click here if you would like to download the 64 bit version also version 1.2 for windows XP, Vista, 7, and presumably 8 and finally windows 10 (even though a crappier windows 10 driver is already installed)
02/26/16 – Due to too much hot-linking from other sites then my own the Dropbox mirrors kept getting suspended and taken offline. Files are now being hosted locally through Anubianhost.
Information about the Xbox wireless receiver on alternative operating systems:
If you are here for instructions on how to get your receiver working in anything other then windows I published a few articles for you.
Windows XP, 7, and 8 instructions (Archived)
8/8/2015 – I am pleased to report a new update to this article dealing with windows 10 support. For those who are still on windows XP, 7, or even 8 fear not for I have archived all of the information that was on this blog beforehand if you just click here or simply click on the old window logos above this paragraph
Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver driver installation for Windows 10.
For those with the latest windows 10 operating system please continue reading.
To begin you are going to want to go to your device manager. On windows 7 you an click your Start Button and then right-click your “File Explorer” and click on Manage to open the Computer Management screen. Finally, click on “Device Manager”.
From here provided that you have already hooked up your Xbox 360 USB Receiver. We see that we have other devices that the system cannot identify. Right-click the Unknown Device and then click on Update Driver Software of this particular device.
Since this driver cannot be found by the CD or Windows Update. Searching automatically is a waste of time. Click on Browse my computer for driver software.
Since we are going to inject the driver manually select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer” and then click Next.
Note: If you did not install the software as stated at the beginning of this tutorial this catagory may not exist. In my case since I had some Xbox wired controllers Windows Update did the job for me. Select “Xbox 360 Peripherals ” and then click Next.
This is the section which deals with only Xbox 360 Controllers. All of these drivers are digitally signed indicating that they come right from Microsoft which is good. Select “Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows Version: 22.214.171.1249” and click the Next button to continue.
Note: Windows 10 by default will have the newer driver v10.0.10240. The software we just installed inserts 126.96.36.1999 into the list. The reason why I choose the old version of the driver will become very apparent when we go and test the Xbox 360 controller later on in this tutorial. I shall explain why at the end.
This is the part where windows does not believe that you know what you are doing. Silly windows. Click Yes to continue and it will begin installing the driver.
It will come up stating that the driver has been successful in installation. You may now Close this window.
To verify the driver is installed. Go back into your Device Manager section of Computer Management and you should see a catagory dealing with Xbox 360 Controllers. A Xbox 360 Peripherals at the button and inside of this section Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows.
Driver installation on Windows 10 is Complete
Testing the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver from china.
The steps here will seem really simple for people which have owned an Xbox 360 however when looking at a lot of forums this is also the most overlooked step. Resulting in people thinking that they got a bad receiver when in all reality it is perfectly fine!
- Turn on your Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. It should have all four corners of the controller flashing indicating that it’s on but it cannot find a device to connect to.
- Press the button on the wireless receiver and it will begin flashing.
- While the wireless receiver is flashing, press the “Sync” button on the front of your Xbox 360 Controller as shown in the picture above. You know it will begin to Pair the device if you see the Green LEDs on the start button of your controller move in a Clock-Wise Fashion
- If you have a solid LED light in the upper left-hand corner indicating player 1. Congratulations! Your Xbox 360 controller is now paired up to your wireless receiver. If the LED’s spin in a clockwise circle but then returns to all lights flashing that means that it cannot find your Wireless receiver to pair up to. (Special notes: If you are hooking this up to an Android box. the controller will still flash but at a slower speed. This is because the Android OS has no official drivers for the Xbox 360 Wireless controllers as for the date of this publish your compatibility will vary from game to game under Android)
Windows will begin installing drivers the moment the controller is properly paired up.
If you don’t want to go into control panel and navigate all of the different windows you can simply type the command “control joy.cpl”
However, for the sake of this blog we will do it the long way in Windows 10 by first clicking on settings.
In windows 10 we will first select the Devices tab. then we select Connected devices and finally select the devices and printers link to open up something that we are more firmilliar with in the older tutorial.
Lets see if windows can actually see and test our new joystick that we installed. Click the start menu and click “Devices and Printers” .
Right-Click on the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows and click on “Game Controller settings”.
As you see, inside of the wireless receiver is where all of the wireless Xbox 360 Controllers will reside. Click on whatever controller you would like to see and click the “Properties” button.
From here you may now start pressing buttons and moving your joystick around. You also get to see if perhaps you had any bad buttons, poor analog hats which are badly calibrated or are in need of replacement hats for your controller. Also you get to visually see how terrible the D-Pad is on the X-Box controller.:)
About Driver versions.
Wait a minute S, you’re telling users to install an older driver designed for windows 7 when windows 10 has it built right in. Why even install the files you provided for Windows 10?
Lets assume that you did install the “latest and greatest” driver that came built right into Microsoft . Will it work? Yes, but you will be missing two things.
The first thing that you’ll notice upon using the new wireless receiver driver is all of your Xbox 360 controllers are listed as generic HID-compliant game controllers. They are not listed as true Microsoft Xbox 360 controllers anymore. In about 80 to 90 percent of the games on the market this will not affect a thing! There are however some games that are built around the Xbox 360 controller and will map all of the keys for you if it so happens to find a true controller that came from Microsoft.
This bug in the new driver is an annoyance and not a deal-breaker .
The second bug deals with functionality of the center xbox button. Using the old driver when you download and install the software. Let it install Net 3.5. Normally it places a file known as XboxStat.exe as a startup program for Windows which will listen through the Chinese wireless receiver for any command from that button to give the user information such as what controller is connected, battery life, and more.
This is a nice feature but once again it’s not a deal-breaker. The lights will flash on your controller when the battery is getting low. If you don’t care about this and you want to save about 3mb of memory by not installing the older driver. Then the new driver should suit you just fine.
Summary of driver confusion:
As for exactly why Microsoft neglected to put these tools into their OS could end up with a lot of different answers. That they wanted to keep the drivers simple? That perhaps they didn’t bother to talk to the hardware development side of Microsoft prior to releasing their OS? Either way it goes everyone thinks that a bigger version driver means better but you have to take into consideration that this is Microsoft the same company that skipped a version number in their OS because they didn’t like the way it sounded. Version numbers no longer have the integrity they used to.
Every time I plug the china receiver into a different port I have to follow this process all over again. It’s annoying!
This is because if you installed the default Microsoft driver it places the xusb21.inf into the C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\xusb21.inf_* folder. Now common sense states that if you modify the .inf file and change the PID USB\VID_045E&PID_0291 for windows 7 and/or USB\VID_05C6&PID_9244 for Windows 10 then everything is happy. Which you will very quickly find out that windows locked this directory down only giving the SYSTEM group full control with very good reason. Because this is how malware and viruses can attack your system.
The workaround is simply give it a different INF to store into that folder. I have modified the .INF of the drivers provided by Microsoft so that once you extract this folder and point the drivers there it will automatically install. This is only useful for those people who do not care about the XboxStat.exe tool OR people that have already installed the default Microsoft driver and xboxstat tool and want their OS to always recognize their Chinese receiver.
Extract the files using your favorite compression tool In this example I will simply extract it to C:\xbox-driver .
Now when you unplug the USB receiver and plug it into another USB port, Windows 10 and windows 7 will know exactly what to do with it.
Notes for critical errors.
on 02/01/16 – We had one of the Chinese wireless receivers die on me after a years worth of service bouncing back and forth between devices. This can even happen to a Microsoft OEM Receiver as the only thing that is really inside your dongle is a microchip and that’s it. The Chinese versions don’t even have a fuse along the 5 volt power lines and in my case the regulator that reduces voltage from 5.0vdc to 3.3vdc for the chip to use was totally fried out.
A dead give away that the receiver died on me is by pulling up the Hardware ID in device manager underneath the properties of the USB device and it will display USB\VID_0000&PID_0000 or USB\VID_???? depending on operating system.
Also when you try installing the drivers you may receive this description for your Chinese wireless receiver. This is not a good sign. What your system is telling you is that it cannot get a response from the micro-controller inside. You can try a different computer/USB port but if it keeps saying the same thing then it’s a serious hardware failure of the receiver.
Will the Chinese wireless receiver work with the Xbox One Controllers?
The Xbox One uses a different 2.4ghz wireless band then that of the original Xbox 360. The only reason for doing this has nothing to do with efficiency. And instead, has to do with Microsoft wanting to be a group of assholes. Milking the average gamer of all of their money into buying new hardware. Finally, Microsoft released this Xbox One Adapter so you no longer have to plug/wreck your USB connector in “Wired” mode on your PC. This unit originally costed $30(USD). However, the price on the Wireless Adapter has been dropping steadily due to overall circulation.
Results of the Chinese wireless receiver.
Besides the driver headaches explained above. It behaves just like the Microsoft OEM version. I got it to work all the way across my house which is identical to my Xbox 360 console wireless length. So no real complaints about connectivity or lag issues. For $8 it’s not bad and I suppose the great thing with having the wireless receiver is they give you a few feet of cable so you can place the wireless receiver anywhere giving you better reception then the Xbox 360 could ever give you.
I hope you find this article useful and hopefully it will keep a few xbox 360 controllers in circulation.
Server protect you.