A lightweight and easy-to-install driver for the wired and wireless Xbox 360 controller that will help you use the controller on your Mac
Some OS X games come with support for the Xbox controller, yet the operating system does not provide native support for the devices. The Xbox 360 Controller Driver closes this gap and allows you to play games on your Mac using either the wired or the wireless Xbox controller.
Quick to install driver software for the Xbox gamepad controllers
The Xbox 360 Controller Driver software archive comes with an installer package that reduces the deployment procedure to merely following instructions. Keep in mind that you need to restart your Mac to complete the installation.
Once everything is in place, you will be able to access the Xbox 360 Controllers panel via the System Preferences window. There you will be able to see the currently connected Xbox controllers and test if the buttons work.
The same area offers you the possibility to invert the X or Y axes for the left or right stick, to adjust the movement accuracy, or to swap sticks.
Visualize the default key binding and manually remap the layout
Within the Binding tab of the Xbox 360 Controllers panel, you have the option to see all the default key bindings for the Xbox controller buttons.
What’s more, the driver panel also offers you the possibility to completely reconfigure the key mapping. However, the changes can be reversed anytime with a simple mouse click.
Worth mentioning is that the Xbox 360 Controller Driver can be disabled temporarily to deal with particular situations, but the companion System Preferences pane also includes an uninstallation button that completely removes the software from your system.
Driver software for connecting Xbox wired or wireless controllers to your Mac
All in all, having the Xbox 360 Controller Driver installed on your Mac is necessary if you want to use your gamepad controller to play games.
The driver also comes with a companion System Preferences pane that enables you to test or customize the Xbox controller configuration and integrates remapping capabilities.
- Wired or wireless Xbox 360 controller
- Microsoft Wireless Gaming Receiver (only for wireless controller)