Controller games for the PC.


Controller games that we liked to play on PC.

We decided it was time to break off a section for all of the controller games that you can play with your Xbox controller. In particular we will be focusing on controller games which allow for couch/party mode. This is the mode that is most highlighted with games such as Smash Brothers on nintendo consoles where a bunch of people all gather around one unit with a large TV instead of the more traditional LAN party environment where everyone is networked on their own individual PC. Any game that allows for more then one person to play on a single PC and preferably multiple people would qualify as a couch and/or party game.

So to anyone reading this you are welcome to throw suggestions into the comments below. As we are not as synced with the gaming community as we once were we may miss some gems from the indie game scene which would be awesome to play.

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XBCD – Original Xbox Controllers with Win10-8

XBCD title for blog.

XBCD – Now with windows 10 love!

XBCD is an abbreviation for the “X-Box Controller Driver” Which has been around for almost as long as the Original Xbox Controllers themselves (approximately 2001-2003).

Back in the days when Microsoft got involved with the console wars they made a bunch of controllers for their X-Box units which people began to realize that if you just splice a USB cable on the end of the proprietary connection then you could use the Xbox Controller on your PC. Microsoft at the time really didn’t want to associate hardware from their console with hardware with their PC because a few corporate people back then felt it would disenfranchise their user base from actually purchasing an Xbox.

It wasn’t until the introduction of the Xbox 360 that Microsoft gave support for their users to use their beloved controllers on their PC’s and other devices. Even then Xbox 360 controller support for PC users came incredibly late throughout the production run of the Xbox 360.


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Li-po and Li-Ion battery for the Xbox 360 controller.

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Make a li-po battery charging pack for your Xbox 360 controller.

A long time ago, hack a day did a breakdown on the rechargeable battery that you could buy for the xbox 360 controller. There really wasn’t a whole lot inside as a lot of your circuit for charging is actually in the charge cable. The only thing that was in the Xbox rechargeable battery is 2 Ni-Mh batteries rated at around 2100mAh, a thermal sensor, and a circuit board which has a little eeprom chip that simply informed the Xbox what kind of battery was installed into it.

In the spirit of the original hack posted by them. We will focus on working with replacing the battery cels in the Ni-Mh charger versus mutilating our Xbox controller.  Dead battery packs are very easy to find and often super cheap as people just want to get rid of them.

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Xbox Wireless Receiver hacks.

Ouya Controller Hack Screen

A brief blog entry about receiver hacking

A while back I talked about the Chinese Xbox wireless receiver for Xbox360 Wireless Controllers¬† and how to configure it. You can get these on Ebay for very cheap “I got mine for about $7 with free S&H. Some would also call these controllers ‘fake’ as they are not certified by Microsoft. Which out of the box they do not work, you have to setup the driver on windows as described in my last entry. One of the sections that I skimmed over the android side and how it all works. Well, this is a quick blog entry showing what I did after I received my controller from china.

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China Xbox 360 receiver Raspberry Pi – xboxdrv

Xbox Receiver on the Raspberry Pi or Banana Pi with xboxdrv

Raspberry Pi LogoRaspberry / Banana Pi with xboxdrv

I got you covered on this as well with the help of xboxdrv! Although a little late to the party the Rasbian image initially did not have the xboxdrv library like Ubuntu users were so used to. As a result Raspberry Pi users had to go through the headaches of compiling it themselves or simply find an alternative such as a genetic joystick or bluetooth based joystick control provided they have a bluetooth style receiver.

Note: This blog entry is a child blog off of the chinese xbox 360 receiver entry. If you stumbled upon this page first and have no idea what the hardware is be sure and check out that blog by clicking here.

There is no drag and drop style method for any version of linux, you’ll have to be typing some commands to get it working.

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Xbox 360 receiver install for win-XP and Win-7

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Archived¬† for the Xbox 360 receiver for those who are running older OS’s such as myself.

Note: If you came to this blog first please click here to read the original blog article about what the difference between the Chinese Xbox 360 receiver and a OEM Xbox 360 receiver is all about before reading any further. That article has also been updated with the latest Windows 10 install instructions too!

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Xbox 360 Receiver – Manual Install.

Chinese Xbox wireless receiver title.

There has been several complaints about the error in my blog stating that installing the xbox 360 receiver drivers just by launching the executable does nothing or that users so not have a “Microsoft Controller” class that they are capable of choosing from. This documentation is to provide a manual install of how to install the Xbox 360 receiver drivers without ever having to install them onto your computer.

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Chinese Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver Driver setup

Chinese Xbox wireless receiver title.

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!

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