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What's the best wireless pc controller for playing Steam games?

The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew, OmeganautRegistered User, ClubPA regular
I've been wanting to get back more into Steam again and take advantage of Steam sales when they happen, but I want to be able to plop my lazy ass on the couch and play there, with my Lappy hooked up via HDMI to the TV.

Fellow forumers, what kind of wireless PC controllers do you use?

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    FoomyFoomy Registered User regular
    Wireless 360 controller for windows

    The 360 controller because of it's good drivers for windows has become pretty much the standard controller on PC, most games will display button prompts that are for it. It's also just a good quality controler.

    I use the wired version myself with a 10' usb extension cable, but that's just because I hate dealing with batteries.

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    GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    Can't go wrong with the wireless 360 controller.

    Logitech also makes the F710, the wireless model at the top end of their line of gamepads, which are all shaped more like a fat PlayStation controller but with 360-style buttons. I'm sure the build quality is up to Logitech's usual standards, but I can't speak to how good the auto-detection and compatibility in games is.

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    ZxerolZxerol for the smaller pieces, my shovel wouldn't do so i took off my boot and used my shoeRegistered User regular
    edited July 2013
    Note that if you already have a 360 wireless controller for an Xbox, you can just buy a standalone PC wireless receiver and have it work.

    But yeah, as stated, the 360 controller is the defacto standard, to a fault: many games no longer recognize anything BUT a 360 gamepad because they only support Xinput.

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    FoomyFoomy Registered User regular
    edited July 2013
    Zxerol wrote: »
    Note that if you already have a 360 wireless controller for an Xbox, you can just buy a standalone PC wireless receiver and have it work.

    But yeah, as stated, the 360 controller is the defacto standard, to a fault: many games no longer recognize anything BUT a 360 gamepad because they only support Xinput.

    Just a note on that is that Microsoft stopped selling standalone receivers many years ago, so any you see on like amazon are knockoffs. Some of them work just as well as the real thing, some don't, so check the product reviews.

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    ZxerolZxerol for the smaller pieces, my shovel wouldn't do so i took off my boot and used my shoeRegistered User regular
    Ah slipped my mind; that is true. The only way to get an actual MS part is through the bundle now, because Microsoft.

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    The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew, Omeganaut Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Foomy wrote: »
    Zxerol wrote: »
    Note that if you already have a 360 wireless controller for an Xbox, you can just buy a standalone PC wireless receiver and have it work.

    But yeah, as stated, the 360 controller is the defacto standard, to a fault: many games no longer recognize anything BUT a 360 gamepad because they only support Xinput.

    Just a note on that is that Microsoft stopped selling standalone receivers many years ago, so any you see on like amazon are knockoffs. Some of them work just as well as the real thing, some don't, so check the product reviews.

    I was thinking of getting a receiver, but I did notice that it seems it's all third party and call me OCD, but I never trust third party stuff.

    Seems like the 360 controller is pretty much the consensus.

    Thanks.

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    SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    Zxerol wrote: »
    Ah slipped my mind; that is true. The only way to get an actual MS part is through the bundle now, because Microsoft.

    The wireless receivers weren't sold in high quantities by themselves at their height--so yes, you'll get it bundled with a wireless controller (unless you buy a knock-off).

    They work with third party controllers, if I remember correctly, which would mean you'd be stuck with an extra Xbox 360 controller. Worth keeping in mind.

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    Descendant XDescendant X Skyrim is my god now. Outpost 31Registered User regular
    One must also keep in mind that the wireless receivers that come with the 360 PC controllers can be broken with a dirty look. The Logitech receiver, AFAIK, is one of those USB chip thingies that just plugs in.

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    electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    This is a weird thread to encounter right after my brother wanted to do this exact thing...

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    SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    One must also keep in mind that the wireless receivers that come with the 360 PC controllers can be broken with a dirty look. The Logitech receiver, AFAIK, is one of those USB chip thingies that just plugs in.

    Very odd. I've had mine for four years, and treat it pretty roughly. However, before that, I had one for about a year and a half (going back to when I used Windows XP I think), that unceremoniously stopped turning on. They were both first party.

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    Dr_KeenbeanDr_Keenbean Dumb as a butt Planet Express ShipRegistered User regular
    The 360 receivers are indeed shoddy. However it can be easily repaired with a soldering iron. You can also use a 360 wireless headset with the receiver, which is awesome for things like Ventrilo since you can have it do all voice stuff through the headset while still hearing game should through your speakers.

    There is also the option, if you PC has bluetooth, of using a PS3 controller but as I understand it that requires more effort.

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    StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    the xbox wireless is awesome because every game released with gamepad support in the last 5 years will work with it out of the box.

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    SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    The 360 receivers are indeed shoddy. However it can be easily repaired with a soldering iron. You can also use a 360 wireless headset with the receiver, which is awesome for things like Ventrilo since you can have it do all voice stuff through the headset while still hearing game should through your speakers.

    There is also the option, if you PC has bluetooth, of using a PS3 controller but as I understand it that requires more effort.

    DS3 PC support, sadly, is crap--and it involves playing around unsupported/unlicensed driver support. As already pointed out, you will need Bluetooth as the Micro (mini?) USB is only for charging (it doesn't do headsets either to my knowledge).

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    StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    No, it works with just USB.
    But it's still a hassle and plug and play support of the 360 pad is inifintely better.
    Many games even change all on-screen commands and tutorials to Xbox buttons when you have it plugged in.

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    SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    Really? You can do DS3 with USB, and not with any shady driver-rewriter plugin stuff? I know I tried a few years ago, between PPjoy and things I'd have to run manually each time I switched my PC on, it wasn't worth it.

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    DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    No, you still have to fuck around with shitty drivers... you can just do it over USB instead of Bluetooth.

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    SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    No, you still have to fuck around with shitty drivers... you can just do it over USB instead of Bluetooth.

    Awesome. Finally, something to do with my crappy Sixaxis controller besides paperweight.

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