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How to Use an Xbox 360 Controller With Your Mac

Posted in How To, Mac, OS X on 22/01/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Recently, we showed you how you can use a PlayStation 3 controller to play games on your Mac. But what if you prefer using the Xbox 360 instead? Not to worry – you can use an Xbox 360 controller with your Mac as well! The process isn’t quite as simple as setting up the PlayStation controller, however…

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Instructables user Fungus Amungus has posted a tutorial at Instructables detailing two separate methods for using an Xbox 360 controller with your Mac, both wirelessly and through USB.

I picked up Borderlands 2 for OS X in the recent Steam sale because friends of mine would NOT shut up about the game. So I fired it up only to find out that I needed to use a keyboard (lots of keys) + a mouse (carpal tunnel = no) to play. That sucks. I was hoping that I could use a borrowed Xbox 360 controller to play through, but Aspyr doesn’t support that. Grr.

So after some research I found a way to use both a wireless Xbox 360 controller as well as a wired third-party Xbox 360 controller. This worked for Borderlands 2 and other games I’ve tried so far. The cost for this is $5 for the wired controller and $20 for the wireless. Here are the two setups that worked for me.

It’s not terribly complicated to get this working. One method is to purchase a  wireless gaming receiver for $15 on Amazon, and using a pair of apps called TattieBoggle and JoyStick Mapper to make the magic happen. He also shares how to make things work using a third-party Xbox 360 controller.

Check out the full details over at Instructables. Enjoy – and happy gaming!

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.