How to Connect XBOX 360 Wireless Controller to Windows PC and enjoy Gaming on Big Screen

There are several cool games available for Windows 8 via the Windows Store: Asphalt 8: Airborne, GT Racing 2, Despicable Me, etc.. Gameplay is best when played with a gaming controller, rather than fiddling with keyboard, of course for controller compatible games. If you have a XBOX 360 Wireless controller, then you can connect it to your Windows PC for a great gaming experience. Moreover now-a-days it is easier to connect your computer or laptop to your digital TV via HDMI cable, therefore you can leave your laptop connected to TV and enjoy gaming from your couch due to added convenience of wireless controller.

THINGS YOU NEED

  1. XBOX 360 Wireless Controller
  2. XBOX 360 Wireless Receiver (You can buy it for around USD20 from Amazon)
  3. Optional – HDMI Cable for enjoying PC gaming on TV
  4. Optional  – TV with HDMI input (for enjoying gaming on TV)
  5. Obviously a Windows PC or a Laptop!

There is nothing to write about XBOX 360 Wireless Controller; you know what it is, but you may want to know about something you may have never heard off – the XBOX 360 Wireless Receiver.

XBOX 360 Wireless Controller

XBOX 360 Wireless Controller

A typical receiver is just around slightly bigger than your Car’s key size and has a button, a LED indicator and a USB male pin at one end for plugging it to your Windows computer’s USB port.

XBOX 360 Wireless Receiver

XBOX 360 Wireless Receiver

STEP 1: Connect the Receiver to your computer. Most of the XBOX 360 Wireless Receiver works straight out of the box on Windows 7 and Windows 8, but don’t worry, it does come with a drivers software which can come in handy if your computer doesn’t recognize the receiver.

XBOX 360 Wireless Receiver Automatic Driver Installation

XBOX 360 Wireless Receiver Automatic Driver Installation

STEP 2: If the drivers are successfully installed, you should see a green LED light glowing in the receiver indicating that all is well at this stage. Please refer the receivers manual if you face any problems, but the one I received from the Amazon link I gave above is a genuine Microsoft product and it worked without any problems.


STEP 3:  Time now to get your XBOX 360 Wireless Controller ready, press the XBOX guide button which is the center button that has the X logo on it. If you have your XBOX 360 around, this could start it too, but don’t worry you can turn it OFF later.

STEP 4: Press and hold the button on the Receiver until the LED indicator starts blinking.

STEP 5: Now press the “Connect” button located on the rear of the XBOX 360 wireless controller.

Wireless Connect Button on XBOX 360 Controller

Wireless Connect Button on XBOX 360 Controller

STEP 6: The light on the XBOX Guide button which was initially rotating must now stabilize and continue to stay ON in any one of the 4 quadrants depending on how many devices you have paired earlier with the Controller.

XBOX 360 Wireless Controller Connected to PC

XBOX 360 Wireless Controller Connected to PC

That’s it, you have successfully connected your PC to XBOX 360 Wireless Controller. You can now have great experience on PC gaming too, just make sure the games are compatible with it. To enhance your gaming experience further, you can connect your laptop/PC to TV via HDMI cable to enjoy PC gaming on big screen.

Once you connect the HDMI cable from laptop to TV, you can use clone your PC ‘s display to TV or specify TV as the primary monitor for a trouble free experience.

Laptop to TV Video Output

Laptop to TV Video Output

Laptop Connected to TV for Big Screen Gaming Experience

Laptop Connected to TV for Big Screen Gaming Experience

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.