Use An Xbox Controller On Your Mac [OS X Tips] | Cult of Mac
But, before you get set up, you need to have the correct hardware installed on your Mac to enable connectivity. First of all, you will need either a wired or wireless Xbox controller.
Both work fine, but for all those passionate gamers with a tendency to erupt, a wireless device would be best to save any damages to wires or opponents. This will start the installing process, where you will have to follow the appropriate instructions. Press the connect button on the controller, which can be found at the top - in-between the left and right toggles.
The top left quarter of the circle around the Xbox button should now light up, indicating you are the first controller connected. Now the controller and Mac are linked - so in the future if you want to connect again, all you need do is press the big Xbox logo button to get going.
Told you it was simple! This is a control pad, which indicates whether all the buttons on the controller are working properly.
How to use an Xbox 360 controller on your Mac
With these different games come different control configurations, which can get tedious when you only have one type of controller. For full flexibility of use, there are many tools and apps available which allow you to play any game with any Mac compatible joystick or controller — even the ones that are not compatible with joysticks.
Out of the many apps to choose from, Joystick Mapper is our pick. Once you download the Joystick Mapper app, you need to create a pre-set for your game preferences.
Xbox 360 Controller Driver 0.16.10 for Mac OS X
On average, there is a whopping 62GB of junk found on Macs, with jam-packed caches and folders full of useless documents cluttering the hard drive. This considerably slows down the performance of your Mac, preventing quick and easy installations, and can even hinder the controller connectivity.
The somewhat bad news is that, unlike the plug-and-play and wireless nature of the PS4 controller , the Xbox Controller requires some third party drivers and configuration to work in OS X, and will only work while connected via a USB cable. For users who would rather not bother with source code, you can find a pre-compiled version ready to go at the Xone-OSX release page.
Download and run the installer package and follow the on-screen prompts. A final note: Even though the controller plugs into the Mac via USB, that connection is only for data.
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