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Windows 7: PC Game Controllers... dumb question

17 Jun 2013   #1

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PC Game Controllers... dumb question

I used to enjoy playing Gran Turismo on the PS and PS2 but that was a long time ago... playing racing games or simulators on the PC with KB+M and even with Joystick is almost as pleasurable as banging your head on a beer bottle just to see if you can break it

Anyways, I only do shooters for the most part but lately, shooters are letting me down and I want to see if I take on some driving simulators or even arcades to change my bad mood but I really don't want to spend a mortgage payment on them game controllers if I don't have to.

I have plenty of Xbox Controllers and/or PS2 controllers in the house and even though I know the plugs won't fit on a computer, I was thinking I could easily be able to buy a plug converter or am I just fooling myself thinking this is possible?

If the answer above is NO, I must buy a dedicated PC game controller, OK... I am not looking to become a Millionaire by competing in the world of pc racing so No on top of the line stuff but something I can be comfortable playing the Campaigns. Again, NOT for MP play.

I know asking this question is asking for trouble but at least I will get First Hand info and not Hyped-Up info from the likes of Amazon or any of the other retailers out there.

So, what do you folks use and why?

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17 Jun 2013   #2

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Ere you go chap, If you already have a wireless Xbox 360 controller then you can just use one of these wireless reciever's http://www.amazon.co.uk/Xbox-Wireles.../dp/B000MGVAAQ
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I hope this helps
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17 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Whoooooo Hoooooo... Thank a lot Ganjiry, so it is possible then. I wasn't so way off!

Now, wireless? isn't that a No-No for Race Sims? I remember having a few issues with my Wireless G7 mouse when in a heavy battle?

Again, just asking more dumb questions here!

Another thing is that I am going to have to look for a website here in the states as bringing it from the other side of the pond might be a bit pricey for me
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17 Jun 2013   #4

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

No mate wireless with the xbox controllers is sound. I've never had any problems with them losing connection or anything except if the battery pack runs out. Easilly sorted though by having a spare

I have no clue about the site's/seller's in the USA but here's a wireless reciever on Amazon.com You can pick them up cheap anywhere really. Just search for Xbox 360 wireless reciever

Edit: No such thing as a dumb question.

Here's another guide to the install. http://support.xbox.com/en-GB/games/...-windows-setup

The main advantage of using the wireless controller is that it won't jump all over your desk when it vibrates while not in use as the wireless one turns off after a period of not being used.
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17 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Thanks a lot again ganjiry, you have been a lot of help...

Now that I see that device, I believe my kids own one of those devices as they have wireless controllers for the Xbox... I will check it out when I get home and I will rent Grid or Grid 2 just to see if it works well enough; otherwise, I will go to my friend's house, I am sure he owns those games already.
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17 Jun 2013   #6

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

No probs mate your welcome
I play Grid 2 with the lads from the community i'm part of and we have a good laugh racing
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Edit: I believe it works best with the Xbox controller as my mates have tried keyboard,mouse, steering wheel's and xbox controllers.
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17 Jun 2013   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

In my personal opinion, I too have been coming to people with questions as to which controllers I should use for certain games such as PS2/Gamecube/N64/ETC. ones. You COULD get a wireless receiver but be careful because there are so many fake Chinese ones on the market and they break down fairly simply. What I did(which was really dumb on my part but was worth it) was drive for 2 hours to and back to a Wal-Mart and I bought a Wired 360 Controller; my dumb father ordered it for it to be avail at the nearest store...

Now, if you're used to Xbox, I strongly recommend using this but you can go along and trust the people here because I'm sure they're nice and helpful. I have but little knowledge of the PS controllers being wired so you can look it up. The downside of Wired controllers is normally spending 30-40 dollars so make sure it's what you want. Well, another downside of Wired controllers is if you use it with your 360 too(you can really wear out your analog on it).

I say just go with whatever you can fully control to make sure you get what your money's worth. You can use my suggestion, Ganjiry's or anybody else's.

Hope you have a nice gaming experience!
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17 Jun 2013   #8

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

But, wouldn't a wired controller come with that weird big plug? or do they now have a USB type plug?

Sorry, My kids have an Xbox 360 and you would think I would know this but honestly, I couldn't give 3 healthy # 2s about it

I guess I have some homework to do now when I get home
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17 Jun 2013   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
But, wouldn't a wired controller come with that weird big plug? or do they now have a USB type plug?

Sorry, My kids have an Xbox 360 and you would think I would know this but honestly, I couldn't give 3 healthy # 2s about it
Oh no no, hahaha you can buy a normal wired controller and it comes with a USB plug. Windows automatically reads the driver and you're good to go after that.
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17 Jun 2013   #10

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Then I should also be able to find one at home, I do believe they also have a wired one... So, just to understand:

Old Xbox ----- weird and big plug

Xbox 360 ----- USB type plug

Do I have that correct?
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