Turning off your wireless Xbox 360 Controller for PC

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#1  Edited By CrimsonNoir

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.

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#2  Edited By Hamst3r

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

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#3  Edited By CrimsonNoir

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

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#4  Edited By OrfBC

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.

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#5  Edited By viking_funeral

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

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#6  Edited By MrKlorox

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.

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#7  Edited By butano

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.

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#8  Edited By gosukiller

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

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#9  Edited By MrKlorox
@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.
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#10  Edited By bybeach

Same as everyone else, just a quick second.

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#11  Edited By Ducksworth

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.

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#12  Edited By HellBrendy

@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.

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#13  Edited By Wemibelle

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

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#14  Edited By resifreak

@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

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@hamst3r said:

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

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

Ya u dont have to tilt it. pressing the button to remove the battery pack breaks the connection and turns it off. It's probably designed this way on purpose.

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