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Tip: Use Your Wireless Xbox 360 Controller With Rooted Nexus 7

We’ve known about compatibility with PS3 and Wii controllers, but wireless Xbox controllers, so far have been something many in the Android mobile gaming world having been craving. Apparently, a developer over at XDA has made this dream into reality. 

Root is required, but as many know, rooting a Nexus 7 takes very little effort. You can see some one-click instructions to root right here. If you already have root, then it’s simply a matter of mounting the device through terminal and entering just a few commands. Once the minor tweaks are completed, the wireless controller should work perfectly after a simple reboot.

For instructions and a full walk though, check the via down below.

Via: XDA [2]

  • dg74

    Just use the nyko playpad pro it works great with my nexus 7

  • I thought this was common knowledge.
    edit: nvm didnt read the bit about the profile

  • dan

    Will this work in ShadowGun: Deadzone ?

  • Frank

    I thought this was a new method too. Lame. Just bought a 5 pack of OTG usb host mode cables on Amazon for $6. Usb game pad works fine. I have no ps3 or I’d go that route and I’m kid poor.

  • QQpayne

    Meh, im good with the ps3 controller hooked up to my TF300

    • Damu793

      Me 2

  • Southrncomfortjm

    Title is misleading. I thought this was a *new* method that got around the need to use a dongle. This method still requires the dongle, which is apparently a battery hog. I’ll stick with the easy, native, wired Xbox controller with a $2 OTG adapter.

  • Paul

    At first I thought this meant without a wireless adapter in which case I was wondering what piece of hardware the Nexus 7 had that could communicate with the controller.

    If I were going to bring around a controller to play games somewhere, I might as well just bring my gaming laptop imo.

  • mustbepbs

    Just do yourselves a favor and use an OFFICIAL PS3 controller. Get the Sixaxis app and you’re golden. It connects through BT and the app also allows you to create touch emulation profiles for games for easy switching. It’s painless once you get it setup.

    • Southrncomfortjm

      Painless except you need touch emulation profiles for those games. There are some publicly available on XDA, but its not native. Also, Onlive (a great option for Nexus 7 gaming) does not natively support the PS3 controller. Onlive and other Android Apps do *natively* support the Xbox 360 controller if you have the $2 OTG cable. So much simpler. Shooting zombies in Dead Trigger is a lot more fun with the 360 controller.

      • mustbepbs

        I don’t get what you mean. In the Sixaxis app you can enable an option to have Android see it as a gamepad. If the app supports gamepads, it’s natively supported. If not, you can create a touch profile (Wind-Up Knight, NOVA 3, X-Men, etc.).

      • You create touch profiles with a screenshot almost any game can easily be supported. . So far every game I come across that supports gamepads work flawless with PS3 controllers and Sixaxis. Your post is a little misinformed.

  • frowny face

    I would like to point out and IT DOES NOT CONNECT WIRELESSLY… its a trick that needs both and “on the go” usb cable and the xbox wireless PC dongle… this is still kinda cool but a far cry from just syncing up the wireless controller to an android tab.

    • Paul

      This article reminds me of the “wireless” racing wheel for 360 which still had a wire going from wheel to pedals and had to plug into the wall for force feedback. Though the force feedback was worth the plug imo.

    • it’s wire-*less*, as in, less wires 😉

  • bOOm

    Very nice. I wonder if this is possible on the Asus Infinity tab. This would the main reason for me to root.

  • teejaycard

    Can it work with other devices like my Gnexus?

    • Justin Swanson

      Yes, I have seen the method of dongle+OTG cable before.

  • iceman23

    I can only justify using a controller with a tablet that has a decent screen size, Nexus 10 please come soon!

    • Southrncomfortjm

      I used my wired 360 controller with my Nexus 7 all the time. Works great.

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  • EvanTheGamer

    Have been waiting for this, thanks for sharing! 🙂