I can proudly claim to be an early adopter, at least by my definition.
I tried the Xbox 360 Controller (X3C) on a 360 Demo Console, and fell in love with it. I then went to the internet and found that it had many faults. However, I read in the comments on that page, that the problems could be overcome with a bit of time, effort and googling.
So I set forth.
I bought the controller from elive.co.nz for about NZ$60 (incl shipping). Their service was pretty good, dispatch was timely, and the packaging was excellent.
With the drivers that came with the controller, it worked out of the box with GTI Racing, however with the known problems. Namely, the analogue sticks were hyper sensitive and tended to drift to one side when left in the neutral position, no xbox status light (in the center of the controller) and no rumble.
One very common solution for these problems is to use Pinnacle Game Profiler. However, the $20 cost was prohibitive (given the scrooge I am), and I didn’t want to taint my (currently) legal PC with an illegal crack. So I started looking for other solutions.
It became clear that my best solution was to use different drivers, known as XBCD (Xbox Controller Driver). As far as I can tell, these are kind-of like open source drivers, and are highly superior to the Microsoft versions (except for ease of installation and support). A very important point to note, is that XBCD was designed for the original Xbox Controller, so anything said about these drivers refer to the original. There is an extra file, and extra sites for the 360 version.
To make a long story short, I stuffed around with various files, various guides, various forums for hours until I could make it work. For a number of reasons, it’s possible to have a huge number of problems (my main one was Code 10 – This device could not be started) caused by installing things in the wrong order.
So I’m not going to try and explain all the permutations, I’m just going to explain what worked for me (eventually). What took hours on my laptop, took about five minutes on my PC when I did it correctly.
Firstly, some sites (take anything they say about what files to download and install with many grains of salt):
With those links in hand, you’ll need the correct files. Half the problem was that there were broken links all over the show. So I will upload them here, and endeavour to keep them live.
In my opinion, this is all you need.
The first step is to install the XBCD drivers. If you’ve already installed the windows drivers, you will need to remove them before installing XBCD.
Once you’ve done this (or if you didn’t install the windows drivers) just double click the XBCD 1.07 files and progress through the screens.
Next you will need to extract all the files from the zip archive into a directory, and run the install.bat file. This copies some files across which makes the XBCD drivers recognise the X3C.
You should now be able to plug your X3C in, and it will be detected. You will probably need to go through a process of selecting the driver manually. This process should be similar to that outlined from Step 9 of this guide.
In my case this sorted my installation. I have all the mod cons of the controller, and as you may have read from some of my demo reviews, I’m extremely happy with it. Feel free to ask me questions if you have any, but I don’t guarantee that I’ll be able to answer them.