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Connecting a Gamepad to an Xbox 360 Console


Published by PP Editor, 01.28.2018. Posted in Articles and News

Disassembling the Xbox 360 gamepad may be necessary to clean it after pouring liquid or dust and dirt, carry out repairs, replace the case with a color one, and sometimes just for the sake of curiosity.

It should be borne in mind that the inept dismantling of the Xbox 360 controller, however, like any other device, can lead to aggravation of the existing problem or its complete failure. Therefore, it’s better not to risk it and contact service.

Necessary tools

So, if you still decide to do it yourself, then you don’t need any special screwdriver for the Xbox 360 joystick. Suitable for work universal tools, namely:

  • Torx screwdriver 8,
  • Small phillips screwdriver
  • Flat screwdriver (you can also use a knife or other flat object).

How to disassemble a gamepad from the Xbox360

Depending on your goals, you may need to complete or partial disassembly Xbox 360 controller. For example, if you want to repair the board, it will be enough to stop at the fourth paragraph.

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In general, we will not pull, we proceed to the most interesting. The Xbox 360 joystick we disassemble in the following sequence:

  1. First of all, remove the battery cover on the back of the joystick and take out the batteries (instead of batteries you can have a removable battery installed),

  2. Next is necessary unscrew 7 screws, one of which is hidden under the sticker,

  3. With a screwdriver (knife) the back cover is removed,

  4. Next stage - charge off, for this you need to gently pry it from the side of the headphone jack,

  5. After that, you can manually manually pull out rubber bands and buttons (or just flip the lid - the buttons will fall themselves),

  6. To free the "cross" you need unscrew the two screws with a Phillips screwdriver and then also manually remove it,

  7. Sticks are easy to remove too - just pull them towards you,

  8. But with triggers, things are more complicated. First you need press lightly from the bottom (the easiest way to do this is with a screwdriver, pressing on a small indentation from the inside),

  9. Then you need a little push fastenerson which the button is held, and pull out the spring.

  10. Flip the button up and remove, a little pulling outward.

On this disassembly is over, now you can carry out all the manipulations we need. In order to assemble the Xbox 360 joystick, you need to do all of the above actions in reverse order.

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Connecting an Xbox Wireless Controller

  1. Turn on the console.
  2. Press and hold the button Gu> on the controller until it turns on.
  3. Press and release the connect button on the console.

Xbox 360 E Console
Xbox 360 S ConsolePrevious Xbox 360 Console
  1. Within 20 seconds, press and release the connect button on the controller.

  1. The lights surrounding the console power button will stop flashing when the gamepad is connected.

On the Xbox 360 S, each connected gamepad is assigned one of four positions. Each position appears as a luminous section around the power button on the console and the Guide button on the controller.

A green light on the front of the 360 ​​E console indicates that the gamepad is connected. You can see the position of the player by the luminous ring around the button Gu> on the gamepad.

If the gamepad does not turn on, check the batteries. Replace the AA batteries in the battery compartment, observing the polarity.

You can also use the Xbox 360 charger or the Xbox 360 charger to quickly charge your gamepad. Learn more about Xbox gamepads and chargers.

To connect other gamepads, repeat the same steps. You can connect up to four gamepads to the console. Each connected gamepad is displayed as a lighted sector around the power button of the console and around the button Gu> in the middle of each gamepad.

  • To disable the wireless gamepad, press and hold the button Gu> for three seconds, and then select turning off the gamepad.
  • If you turn off the console, the gamepad will reconnect the next time you turn on the console.
  • The gamepad cannot be connected to several consoles at once. When you connect the gamepad to another console, the connection to the first console will be lost.

Connecting an Xbox Wired Gamepad

Connect the Xbox 360 wired controller to one of the two USB ports on the front of the Xbox 360 console. When disconnecting the controller, pull on the connector, not on the cable.

The Xbox 360 Wired Gamepad cable has a connector lock. Thanks to the connector retainer, the Xbox 360 console is less likely to fall if someone pulls on the cable.

Wireless Gamepad Troubleshooting

If the wireless controller is disconnected or cannot connect to the console, see Xbox 360 wireless controller is disconnected or cannot connect.

If the wireless controller does not turn on or its power turns off, try the following solutions.

Solution 1. Replace the batteries.

Insert the new AA alkaline batteries into the Xbox 360 wireless controller and try turning it on.

Solution 2. Try using a different battery pack.

If you have another Xbox 360 wireless controller, remove the battery pack from this controller and insert it into your controller. Then try turning on your gamepad. If it works with another battery pack, then probably the first battery pack is faulty. If the gamepad is under warranty, you can order a replacement battery pack from Xbox Support. See the Contact Us section at the bottom of this page for more information.

If the warranty has expired, you can purchase a new battery pack at a retail store.

Solution 3. Try installing the battery pack.

If you or your friend has an Xbox 360 battery pack, insert it into your controller. If your controller works with a battery pack, buy a new battery from a retail store or order a replacement from Xbox Support. See the Contact Us section at the bottom of this page for more information.

What do other users say on these topics?

For other users' opinions on these topics or to ask questions, visit the Xbox Support Forums and review the following discussion:

Please note that all content on the Xbox Support Forums is only available in English. To translate the contents of the Xbox Support Forums into another language, copy the URL and paste it into an online translator such as Bing Translator.

About wired models

First, a few words about how to connect a joystick in principle. USB models used to be popular. They are still being produced and are working very successfully. But due to the presence of wires, such gamepads are being abandoned more and more often.

To connect these devices, you will need:

  1. Turn on the computer or console.
  2. Insert the USB cable into the appropriate socket on the main unit.
  3. Wait a few seconds.

After the actions taken, the devices will synchronize, after which the gamepad will successfully work. This algorithm of actions is relevant for "native" consoles. To connect the joystick from the set-top boxes to the PC, you have to run special emulator programs. Nothing difficult! But we will try to understand how you can connect a wireless joystick to a computer or set-top box. This question is asked by many gamers.

For windows

Let's start with the simplest. We are talking about connecting wireless gamepads from the For Windows series to a computer. These devices work using Bluetooth technology. Therefore, there are no problems with them.

To connect a wireless joystick to a PC, you must:

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on the computer.
  2. Turn on the gamepad. It must be charged in advance.
  3. Search for new Bluetooth devices on your computer. This is done using special programs or in the "Control Panel" - "Equipment and Sound". You need to click on "Add a new Bluetooth device."
  4. Wait.

After a few minutes, an automatic search and installation of drivers will occur. After that, the gamepad will work fine in the operating system. If the computer does not have Bluetooth, you will have to additionally buy a special adapter.

PS3 to PC

Now let's move on to more difficult tasks. For example, let's try to connect a wireless joystick from the PlayStation 3 to a computer. It will be harder to do.

In general, the algorithm of actions will look like this:

  1. Install MotionJoy.
  2. Turn on Bluetooth on the computer and on the gamepad. The latter must have a charge.
  3. Connect the USB cable to the joystick.
  4. Open MotionJoy and go to the "Driver Manager".
  5. Click on "Install All."
  6. Reboot the PC and restart the previously mentioned application.
  7. Open Profiles.
  8. Choose a profile for the gamepad.
  9. Log in to BluetoothPair.
  10. Click on Pair Now.
  11. Disconnect USB.

That's all. Now you can safely work with the PS3 gamepad on your computer without any wires. Fast, convenient, reliable. Sometimes during games there are crashes. This is a normal occurrence, because we connected a non-native wireless joystick to the computer.

PlayStation 4 and PC

Today, many gamers play on the PS4. This console has its own gamepads. And they can also be connected to computers. The main thing is to know how to act. The steps will be somewhat reminiscent of the previous algorithm.

To connect the wireless joystick for PC from the PS4, you will need:

  1. Install InputMapper.
  2. Run the appropriate program.
  3. Turn on the gamepad.
  4. Enable Bluetooth on PC. It is advisable to purchase an additional USB whistle.
  5. Press the Share and PS buttons on the controller simultaneously.
  6. Release when the joystick starts flashing.
  7. Go to "Wireless Devices" on the computer.
  8. Quickly insert the USB whistle into the appropriate socket.
  9. Select the desired gamepad in InputMapper.
  10. Click on the "Connect" button.

It’s best to buy a wireless joystick for your PC (For Windows series) and work with it. For example, to configure the gamepad using the emulator for PS4.

XBox 360 and computers

What should I do if a gamer has a X-Box 360 wireless joystick? In this case, the situation is not the best. It’s just not possible to connect a gamepad to a computer. Standard Bluetooth will not work. You have to buy a special adapter from Windows for xBox 360.

As soon as the user has the appropriate device, he will need:

  1. Insert the adapter into the PC. A USB connector is used for this.
  2. Turn on the gamepad.
  3. Open the program from the adapter (usually it is installed automatically).
  4. Select the joystick and wait for the drivers to initialize.

Not the best case scenario. Many users cannot handle this task. Therefore, it is better not to suffer with the xBox 360. The gamepad can always be replaced. The xBox 360 wireless joystick does not always fit your computer. And this is normal.

XBox One and Windows

How to be the owners of the “X Box Van”? They can easily connect the gamepad to the computer. Especially if the latest installed Windows 10 with the latest updates.

In this case, it is enough to perform the following steps:

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on the computer.
  2. Turn on the joystick.
  3. Press the small button on the top of the controller.
  4. Wait a few seconds.
  5. Select the detected gamepad on the computer in the "Wireless Devices" section.

That's all. Owners of an older Windows joystick from xBox One will need to connect in the same way as in the case of the “X Box 360”. To do this, you need to purchase a special adapter. Expensive and very reliable!

Gamepad and xBox 360

How to connect a wireless joystick to xBox 360? This is another simple task that any gamer must cope with. Usually this operation does not cause any problems.

How to connect xBox wireless joystick to console? To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the prefix.
  2. Turn on the charged joystick. To do this, click on the "Guide" button.
  3. Hold the small button on the top panel of the device for a few seconds on the controller. It must be held for about 15-20 seconds.
  4. Release the button.

If the lights blink on the controller, everything is done correctly. Now you can safely use the console. Gamepad connected successfully.

PlayStation 4 and native console

What's next? As already mentioned, every gamer must be able to connect "native" gamepads to consoles. Typically, detailed instructions can be found in a special book attached to a particular console. The process does not cause any difficulties.

We will try to figure out how to connect the gamepad from the PS4 to the corresponding console. Unlike previously proposed algorithms, when you first turn on the console, you will have to register joysticks. Otherwise they will not work.

To connect the PS4 wireless joystick, you will need:

  1. Insert the USB cable into the console and into the gamepad.
  2. Turn on both devices.
  3. Wait.
  4. Press the connection button on the controller. This is a PS signed control.
  5. Disconnect USB.

Now connect a sufficiently charged gamepad using a special button on the device. If the device is not registered, it will not work.

We found out how to connect wireless gamepads to a computer and "native" consoles. These techniques will work on all consoles. First, the gamepad is registered on the device, and then it can be used to control the game wirelessly.

To avoid any problems, it is recommended to use only the latest drivers for gamepads and not to connect them to third-party devices. Otherwise, the wireless joystick may not work. It is better to use a USB-cable to translate ideas into reality. Then any joysticks are easily connected to the computer!