Turning off your wireless Xbox 360 Controller for PC

#1 Edited by CrimsonNoir (399 posts) -

Now that big picture mode is out for Steam a lot more people will probably using their Xbox 360 controllers for their PC. So I thought I should share a cool little app I've been using for a while to actually turn off your controller instead of what you did before, letting it shut off on its own or removing the battery pack. It works by having you hold down the guide button for a few seconds, then asking if you want to turn off the controller. Since big picture mode turns on when you press the guide button in Steam, you might want to first close the steam window before pushing the guide button again, or else you'll re-entered big picture mode. An even more efficient way to turn off the controller is while in big picture mode have EXIT selected and hold the guide button to get the prompt to turn off the controller, then hitting A to confirm for both. Hope this helps.

http://pety.me/XboxExt/

NOTE: I didn't make this app and have no way of knowing if it's malicious or not (other than me using and scanning with an antivirus). I have personally used it for months and have not had any issues.

#2 Posted by Hamst3r (4450 posts) -

Removing the battery pack is a fairly quick method, since it doesn't even have to be fully removed, just sort of tilted out. :3

#3 Posted by CrimsonNoir (399 posts) -

@Hamst3r: Yea, I was doing that for a while, but I felt dirty and uncivilized.

#4 Posted by OrfBC (43 posts) -

I think I prefer just popping the battery pack off for a sec. I actually do that on the 360 too when we're watching a movie, because I have a bad habit of nudging the controller and jumping back a half hour.

#5 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1731 posts) -

I also do the battery pop trick. Once you get good at it, it's just like pushing a button.

#6 Posted by MrKlorox (11203 posts) -

That's why the make the batteries so easy to pop off. The PS3 controller (and probably the Wii-U Pro controller) aren't as convenient in this regard.

#7 Posted by Butano (1728 posts) -

Same as the others have said, I just pop out the battery pack. Quick and painless, and I'm using the rechargeable ones, so it's not like the AA batteries are falling out everytime I pop the pack out.

#8 Posted by gosukiller (2324 posts) -

Take out the battery pack. It's what I've been doing for 2 years and it's still doing fine.

#9 Posted by MrKlorox (11203 posts) -
@Butano: I use rechargeable AA batteries since the official packs tend to die and refuse to charge after a while, and those fit so snugly into the little plastic sheath that it's really quite difficult to get them out and replace them. It takes a significant amount of centrifugal force flinging it around before they end up flying out and hitting something.
#10 Posted by bybeach (4722 posts) -

Same as everyone else, just a quick second.

#11 Posted by Ducksworth (659 posts) -

That's a neat little app...saved for possible future use. I'm really close to getting a PC and with big picture mode I think I may finnaaalllly jump in, I'd need someone who knows what they're doing to pick the parts for me though.

#12 Posted by HellBrendy (992 posts) -

@Viking_Funeral said:

I also do the battery pop trick. Once you get good at it, it's just like pushing a button.

Wich it is. Push the button, then aply some force, move finger and put the pack back in. I do it in less than a second. Downloading an app sure sounds all fine and dandy, but I don't really have the need.

#13 Posted by wemibelec90 (1543 posts) -

I always pulled the battery. Nowadays, I use a wired controller. Got tired of needing batteries.

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#14 Posted by resifreak (25 posts) -

@MrKlorox said:

@Butano: I use rechargeable AA batteries since the official packs tend to die and refuse to charge after a while, and those fit so snugly into the little plastic sheath that it's really quite difficult to get them out and replace them. It takes a significant amount of centrifugal force flinging it around before they end up flying out and hitting something.

Put them on a quick charge kit over night it should fix them, always works for my older battery's

#15 Posted by prashantjaiswal (1 posts) -

guys .. best solution for this:

http://pety.me/XboxExt/

and a batchfile like :

start c:\xboxext.exe /off 1

exit

you can turn off as many as you want by changing the number in the argument to the controller number. works on all Windows versions provided you have .net 2.0 or up

No more battery popping :D ...

and agree with CrimsonNoir ... did feel uncivil :P

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