Making your PC more suitable for playing games doesn't have to be expensive or difficult. PC Advisor shows you how to use a games controller on your Windows PC, and boost the capacity of your Microsoft Xbox 360.

How to use a games controller on your PC

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: 10 mins

If you've grown accustomed to your game console's controller, you may want to use it on your PC too. Microsoft provides a driver for using its Xbox 360 controller on a PC, but Sony and Nintendo don't do the same for theirs. Fortunately, there are a couple of utilities that can connect them to a computer.

For the PS3, download the Sixaxis driver. Install libusb-win32-filter-bin-, which is included in the Sixaxis download package. Connect the controller to a USB port with a mini-USB cable and run ps3sixaxis_en.exe.

If your PC doesn't recognise the device, push the PS button on the controller. You'll have to keep it plugged into your PC rather than using it wirelessly, but most games should recognise it. Enter the options menu within each game to map the controller buttons as necessary.

For the Wii Remote, you'll need a PC with Bluetooth. Open Windows' Bluetooth Control Panel, click Add and press the 1 and 2 buttons on the Wii Remote. Follow the prompts on your PC to search for a new device. Select the Wii Remote and choose not to use a passkey. Release the 1 and 2 buttons only after completing the connection.

Using GlovePie, select File, Open to launch a Wii Remote script, then click Run. These scripts translate the game-controller commands into PC actions, such as mouse movement.

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