I would like to use a game controller on my mac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by EmptyPockets, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. EmptyPockets macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Can anyone recommend a controller (like an xbox controller or similar) that I could use to play games on my mac.

    I will be running Windows technically and playing a game called Team Fortress 2 running Steam.

  2. P-Worm macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I don't have a recommendation for you, but why do you want a controller to play Team Fortress? A mouse and keyboard is much better for that game.

  3. EmptyPockets thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    I'm not really used to playing games with a mouse and keyboard and always have played using a controller.

    The characters in the game that I generally play with won't be limited by the "inaccuracy" of using a controller.
  4. R.Youden macrumors 68020


    Apr 1, 2005
    I got a Microsoft XBOX 360 Wireless controller with the Windows adaptor add those together with a handy little Mac OSX plug-in and you have a great controller for your Mac!
  5. EmptyPockets thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    So you have that setup up and running?

    Could you point me in a good direction to look for those 2 items. The adapter and the plug-in.

    I already have the xbox controller.

    I would be so happy if this all actually works.
  6. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2005
  7. Sleyn macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2007
    So just medic then? (Maybe pyro in a limited capacity?)

    I'm curious.
  8. EmptyPockets thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008

    I play with the demolition guy, pyro, medic, and soldier.

    The soldier I use to shoot rockets at peoples feet so i don't need to be as accurate, and I suck with the mouse anyway.

    Every game I usually play I use a controller
  9. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
  10. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2005
    I would get that one, but i want wireless :(
    i want to be able to sit in my couch, while my MBP is hooked up to the TV.
    I have a bluetooth m&k, but the range sucks.
  11. EmptyPockets thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    That won't work for my application. I need to have dual joysticks. Thanks,
  12. dan-o-mac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
    I have the same setup as R.Youden and it works perfect. I'm not sure if you need drivers for it to work in Windows.

    Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows


    OS X Drivers

  13. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Here are some with dual sticks. At least one wireless also, but typically I avoid wireless for anything that requires high precision.

    Console games typically have a small amount of auto-aim, but computer games don't have auto-aim, so you'll be at a disadvantage.
  14. EmptyPockets thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Thanks for everyones help, I will try out that xbox controller/adapter/drivers solution.
  15. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2005
    well based on everyones suggestion i dropped $40 and got an xbox 360 wireless controller, + the PC adapter.
    Hope it works with the games I want
    (halo, colin mcrae, NFS C, doom 3, quake 4, etc.
  16. Blinkensnout macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2008
    Cheshire, UK
    How did you get on with this??

    How did you get on with this???? i am thinking about going to buy a wired xbox controller for my new aluminium macbook using the driver at tattiebogle.net just wanted to make sure it worked???

    Comments from anyone using this setup would be excellent! :D


  17. Mightee macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Did this work out with the wired controller, or did you have to buy the wireless adapter?
  18. q64ceo macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2010
    Logitech is the best brand out there for good controllers that work on the Mac.
  19. Sue De Nimes macrumors 6502a

    Sue De Nimes

    Apr 10, 2012
    Get used to using a mouse and keyboard.

    Playing TF-2 online with a controller will result in you having your backside handed to you with a nice side salad. It will be painful in the extreme and you will get pretty hacked off.

    Playing it with a controller is a non option - forget about it. Seriously, abandon this foolish path now.

    I hope I have been clear - I was really hoping to remove all ambiguity. I have been playing TF-2 since launch. There is not a single class that will play well with a controller.

    It is a great game which you really will enjoy all the more if you use a mouse and keyboard.

  20. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    The ones on their site right now only list Windows under Specifications. Will OS X take care of all that and make it work?
  21. kitsunestudios, May 21, 2012
    Last edited: May 21, 2012

    kitsunestudios macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2012
    I'm using an older Logitech controller that's nearly identical to the DualShock. No drivers needed, most games see it through the MacOS X HID system. Great for old emulation games.

    There is theoretically a way to get the PS3 DualShock to pair with the Mac via Bluetooth, but I haven't bothered to try. I had this controller for cheap long before I got my PS3.
  22. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Exactly. Some games will work with a controller, but FPS on a computer are not designed for a controller.

    But at least these noobs can increase my ratio.
  23. lostless macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2005
    Yes they will work on OSX with no issues. In fact pretty much any controller will work as most controllers just use standard HID commands. Ive also used various PS2 controller to USB adaptors as well. Just remember that a lot of games do not natively support a controller and you need a third party program like gamepad companion to emulate a mouse and keyboard.

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