Just like I am an obsessed case modder I also love to play games. I usually play FPS games but now and then I like to play something else. When I bought Tony Hawk Underground 2 the game simply wasn’t playable with a mouse and keyboard so I needed a gamepad. I had a lot of consoles but I like the Xbox controller the most of all, however that is a personal preference. The big plus of an Xbox is that it is in fact an extremely-modded PC: Well at least it is in my eyes.
So if you know how to strip and solder a few wires you can get your Xbox controller to work on your PC. Here’s how to do it.
First get an Xbox controller. You can buy one or just use the one you got with your Xbox. It really doesn’t matter because after where done you can use it on both systems, yes your PC as well as your Xbox, you will not lose a controller. This is what we need from the controller; it’s the part that you plug into your Xbox. Next thing we need is a USB cable.
Do not use USB extender cables you get with memory sticks or MP3 players, these will not work! It can even kill a USB port on your motherboard. Instead use a normal USB printer cable, like the ones used for HP and Canon printers. Now when you have your cable, measure a length of about 25 cm or 10 inches, and cut the cable there. Next cut down in the mantle until you exposed the inner wires, don’t go down to the copper. When your done you should have something resembling this.
Get that Xbox cable and a flat screwdriver and pry open the connector, take your time with this. When you have opened it up your done with the hard part and you should have something like this.
You’ll notice two small pins holding a “protection place” denying you access to the connector’s soldering pads, again use a small flat screwdriver or a knife to open it. Now just break that of by wiggling it back and forward, we don’t need it anymore it will only get in our way. As you can see we now have exposed the wires and soldering pads, that wasn’t so hard was it.