Any good gamepads for Macs?

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  1. MacBook08 macrumors regular

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    Well, I've recently discovered that the new MacBook has great gaming capabilities so I have decided to buy a new gamepad for it.

    What is the best gamepad out there for a casual gamer (with a middle-class budget)? Thanks.
     
  2. speed12 macrumors regular

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    I'd say get a used PS2 controller and a PS2 to USB adapter. Works great and PS2 controllers are easily the most comfortable! Cheap as well!
     
  3. MacBook08 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok. Yeah, I love PS2 controllers. Do I need any additional software or drivers for it? And I'm wondering, could a Mac use an XBOX 360 controller as well (I'm a little more used to 360 controllers)?
     
  4. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502

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    Are you gaming in Windows? I'm pretty sure that you can get a XBox 360 controller to work with Windows. You just need an adaptor. Do you already have a 360 controller?
     
  5. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    The best gamepad that money can buy is the Xbox 360 controller. You can buy a wired USB version which will work with Windows using a driver (I believe there are also unofficial drivers available for OS X) or you can get a Wireless version which includes a USB dongle and Windows driver (again, unofficial OS X drivers are available).

    Don't consider any other gamepads - this is now the standard for Windows games with many new titles including out of the box support for this great pad.
     
  6. MacBook08 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes I do but it's wireless. Do they sell an adapter by itself for the wireless 360 controller? Also, I found something called XBOX HID Driver. Will this let me use the controller on a Mac?

    P.S. I'll be gaming in Leopard.
     
  7. toastr macrumors member

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    You mean there Xbox HID drver here: http://xhd.sourceforge.net/ ? If so, yes that works well with games in Mac OS X :) Works great with MAME too :D

    Also you can get a usb receiver to connect to a wireless Xbox 360 controller. It goes for around USD$20 (http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-Wireless...?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1225593749&sr=8-11)

    For Xbox 360 controllers, use Tattiebogle's driver for it to work with Mac OS X: http://tattiebogle.net/index.php/ProjectRoot/Xbox360Controller/OsxDriver#toc0 – it works with both wired and wireless controllers

    Hope this helps :)
     
  8. MacBook08 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks so much toastr. This is some great information! I can't wait to start!
     

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