How to Connect a Wired Xbox Controller to a Chromebook

August 20, 2023
David Sunnyside

Gaming on a computer is an enjoyable experience for many people. However, using the keyboard and mouse is not ideal for all games. A gamepad can offer a better gaming experience and is more comfortable to use than the keyboard and mouse. Fortunately, many Chromebooks can be connected to Xbox controllers for an enhanced gaming experience. This article will cover the process of connecting a wired xbox controller to a chromebook, as well as some tips and troubleshooting suggestions.

First, ensure that the Xbox controller is in pairing mode. To do this, press and hold the pairing button on the controller until the light begins to flash rapidly. Then, turn on your Chromebook and connect it to the Xbox controller with a USB cable. Alternatively, you can also connect the controller wirelessly by turning on Bluetooth and opening the Bluetooth settings menu. Once the controller is detected, it will appear under Unpaired devices and can be paired with your Chromebook.

The Xbox One wired and Xbox One S wired controllers are both compatible with Google’s Stadia platform, as well as Nvidia’s GeForce Now service. Additionally, a few other popular gaming controllers, such as the PDP PixelPals and Logitech F710 Wireless Gamepad, are also compatible with Google’s platform. However, the most popular option is the Xbox Wireless Controller, which is a lightweight wireless device with customizable buttons and built-in vibration feedback. It is also available in an advanced version that features swappable paddles and adjustable triggers for a customized gaming experience.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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