How to Connect a Wireless Xbox 360 Controller to your PC! (Windows 8.1)

When Titanfall launched I had to get my hands on it.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t interested in purchasing an Xbox One at the time.  Luckily, my laptop can handle the game pretty well, so I dropped the cash and bought it for my PC.  I’m generally a console gamer, so naturally I wanted to use a wireless Xbox 360 controller while plowing through some pilots with my Titan.  To do so, I had to follow these specific steps.  Keep in mind this is a tutorial for Window 8.1, but I imagine the setup process will be similar on Windows 7.

Getting ready to smash some Titans, console style!

Getting ready to smash some Titans, console style!

Unfortunately, the first thing you need to do is purchase the HDE USB Wireless Receiver compatible with Xbox 360 Controllers for PC Gaming and Steam Platforms.  This device will allow your computer to detect the wireless signal and sync up with the controller.  Now, the sellers who provide the adapter don’t make it very clear how to get it up and running.  In fact, they’re quite misleading by including a disc with the appropriate software because the software is, in fact, not appropriate at all.  You might as well throw the disc away.

Alright, so you’ve got the adapter.  Now we can get into the technical stuff.  The details.  Follow these steps and you should be ready to shoot down pilots in no time.

  1. First of all, you’ll want to download the driver, which you can find here.  Even though you’re using Windows 8.1, you will want to select the Windows 7 (64-bit only) driver.
  2. Now plug in your wireless adapter.  Open up the Device Manager by pointing to the bottom left corner of your screen and right clicking to bring up a menu and, of course, click Device Manager.
  3. From the Device Manager go to Other Devices > Unknown Devices.  The Unknown Device should be your wireless receiver.
  4. Select Update Drivers > “Browse my computer for device software” > “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.”
  5. Search for “Xbox Wireless Receiver for Windows.”  It will prompt you claiming it cannot verify the continuity of the driver with the device.  Click to proceed and install the software.
  6. Sync up the controller the same way you would with an Xbox 360.  Treat the receiver like its the Xbox in this situation.
  7. Get your game on.

I’ve had the wireless receiver since about the time Titanfall launched and I still use it today, so I can assure you the product is of good quality.  It has lasted me a while.  I hope this was helpful!



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Joshua Miller is a technology enthusiast and blog writer. He is the founder and primary author of JoshOnTech.

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