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Use an Xbox 360 Controller on OS X (wired + wireless)

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I picked up Borderlands 2 for OS X in the recent Steam sale because friends of mine would NOT shut up about the game. So I fired it up only to find out that I needed to use a keyboard (lots of keys) + a mouse (carpal tunnel = no) to play. That sucks. I was hoping that I could use a borrowed Xbox 360 controller to play through, but Aspyr doesn't support that. Grr.

So after some research I found a way to use both a wireless Xbox 360 controller as well as a wired third-party Xbox 360 controller. This worked for Borderlands 2 and other games I've tried so far. The cost for this is $5 for the wired controller and $20 for the wireless. Here are the two setups that worked for me.
 
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Step 1: Wireless Xbox 360 controller

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To connect the wireless 360 Controller to my Macbook Pro I got this wireless gaming receiver for $15 (incl. tax) on Amazon.

The computer still wasn't recognizing it, so I installed Tattiebogle 0.11 which you can download here. Follow the instructions for installing and then open up the "Xbox 360 Controllers" icon in your System Preferences.

Link up your controller to the receiver and you should now be able to see reactions to you messing around with buttons and analogs on the 360 controller.

This is great, but many games will still not recognize your controller. So now you need to map your buttons to keyboard commands. To do that you will need to get Joystick Mapper in the App Store.

Once you're in Joystick Mapper you can assign all of the buttons and analogs to keyboard and mouse controls. This will take some trial and error to find out what works best for you, but it does work.

I looked through all the controllers that are supported (trust me, it's hard to find the specific one you have) and mine is there (PowerA Mini Pro EX Blue) but still isn't recognized by Tattiebogle. any help?

i second this

maloz8 months ago
When the wireless one goes into sleep and you put it back on, some Apps do not recognize it is turned back on and you need to restart the App. Happening e.g. in SNES9X or ZSNES. This sucks...
nice one
rasheednyc1 year ago
Worked perfectly (wired). Now, if I can only remember what I programmed.
donkeyknee1 year ago
Brilliant...!!
jbushman1 year ago
Sadly, it appears that the driver does not work with the newest xbox 360 wired controller. There was $35 well spent. Sigh...
jobergy1 year ago
Hey! do you use Steam for Borderlands 2? If so add me! Jobergy is steam username as well
Fair warning: A lot of the receivers you can find online are counterfeit, some of which don't work quite right and require a bit more fun to get working, your luck may vary; I got an official one when I got mine.
For gamepads on Mac computers, one of the best programs I've used is GamePad Companion, found in the App Store. It will set you back 8$, but it will support almost every controller you throw at it, including PS2 and XBox 360 (which requires a separate driver, but the developer provides the link.)

I'm using a PS2 controller, and it works for all my emulators, as well as a few indie games I play. Haven't tried it with HL2 yet, though.
fungus amungus (author)  AlternateLives1 year ago
I saw that and was going to try it, but Joystick Mapper worked just fine so I stopped there.
Hello. Thank you for the instructable! Do you have a copy of Xbox360DriverExtraPadSupport.command.zip that could be mirrored? That one is giving a 404. :)
fungus amungus (author)  bolsontanker1 year ago
Weird, don't know why that broke. Uploaded the zip to step 2.