Xbox Controller with Steam

#1 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -

Does it have to be wired? I have a wireless with the charge cable so I can plug it into my computer's USB port. I'm hoping there's a way to use this controller with Steam, otherwise I have to buy a wired controller? Once I plug it in I shouldn't have to do anything, isn't that right?

#2 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8699 posts) -

I have no experience with Steam but the wireless + charger cable works for me for any other game that supports it.
Don't forget the official microsoft driver thingie.

#3 Posted by ribeye (411 posts) -

Yes it has to be wired, I happened to have one, Assassin's Creed is much more enjoyable with a controller btw.  I have Windows 7 and it found it when I plugged it in, but I still had to update the drivers before it recognized it.  All in all it's totally worth it

#4 Edited by JJWeatherman (14564 posts) -
@RipTheVeins said:

" Nope, you'll have to have an actual wired conrtoller.  The charge kit only charges the battery pack, it doesn't actually transfer the controller's actions to anything.  Or you could also get one of Microsoft's wireless controllers made for PCs  http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Xbox-Wireless-Controller-Windows/dp/accessories/B000KA5T6A  Personally, I like the wired controller since it's easier to go back and forth between the consoles and you don't have to worry about charging or replacing batteries.  "

Yep, this is right.  
 
Although, you can also get the stand alone wireless dongle for $20 if you don't need another controller.
#5 Edited by owl_of_minerva (1455 posts) -

The play+charge kit w/wireless works, nothing more is needed. 
 
Edit: Actually, never tried that with a steam game. Will try it out myself.

#6 Edited by Karolis (282 posts) -

You might need to get the wireless adapter dongle thing, but first try it out with the charger cable. Let us know how it goes :)

#7 Posted by Doctorchimp (4078 posts) -

For Steam it has to be wired, go to Fry's and buy a wired 360 controller. 
 
Just remember it only has to be wired, I remember I was at like Best Buy and it had the wired controllers next to the official Microsoft 360 pads for PC controllers and they were like 10 dollars more expensive.

#8 Edited by MattyFTM (14424 posts) -

You either need a wired controller, or an Microsoft's wireless Xbox receiver for windows (this thing). The Play & Charge kit won't work, all that cable does is charge the battery pack - no data about your button presses is being transmitted via the wire. All that data is still going via the wireless connection, and you'll need the wireless receiver for that data to be received by a PC.

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#9 Posted by mattyhochs (25 posts) -

Does anyone know a way to control the Steam UI with a controller? I'm trying to set up a PC in my living room as a console, and being able to launch a game via a controller would really help.

#10 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

^No idea, I'd like to see the Xbox Guide button being used instead of doing nothing really but powering the controller on. 
 
Its funny how I ended up from using a 360, jumping on the PC and buying a controller for that after being fed up with the funky movements on keyboards...

#11 Posted by defaulttag (890 posts) -
@Masijet: no way to do that. you can use xpadder to map the mouse arrow to the right analog stick if you want. but that's just worse than using an actual mouse. just use a wireless mouse and keyboard. it's not a big deal. 
#12 Edited by sfighter21 (798 posts) -

Don't know if this is cheaper, but my cousin got me this for Christmas.  Works great.  Man, so glad I got this just before I started playing Prince of Persia.  Comp controls would have been ridiculous!!  Now I can also buy racing games!
 
EDIT:  To be specific, I actually own this one.  Cheaper cuz of no rumble...

#13 Posted by IncredibleBulk92 (936 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
" You either need a wired controller, or an Microsoft's wireless Xbox receiver for windows (this thing). The Play & Charge kit won't work, all that cable does is charge the battery pack - no data about your button presses is being transmitted via the wire. All that data is still going via the wireless connection, and you'll need the wireless receiver for that data to be received by a PC. "
Yea "this thing" is awesome, it syncs up to your computer as easy as your Xbox and most games these days recognise the Xbox 360 controller.  As far as I care to find out this is the only thing that'll let you use a wireless pad with your computer.  Use your charge kit to charge it in your computer if you feel like but not every game will work with this.  SupCom for example, is not suited to an xbox controller.

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