The wired Xbox 360 controller is USB, so using it for PC gaming is easy–but things get a bit more complex if you have a wireless controller. Let's take a look at how you can enjoy wireless gameplay on your PC while minimizing the headaches. Your best bet is to look for listings that include not just the dongle (with proper markings and tags, as we saw above) but also include an official driver CD and booklet. While you don't need either of those things to use the controller (Windows will download the drivers automatically), it's generally a good indicator that the listing is legitimate. It's not really profitable (or legally wise) for companies to go to the extra hassle of creating fake Microsoft support materials. If you've purchased the official bundle, got your hands on an official adapter, or just happened to have purchased a knockoff adapter of exceptionally good quality, then the installation process is incredibly simple. One final step you may wish to take, even though it's not required to get the controllers to work, is to download the 360 for Windows controller software, it adds in a really convenient function: you can tap and hold the Xbox logo on the controller to get a battery status check. Join 250,000 subscribers and get a daily digest of news, comics, trivia, reviews, and more. Press the button on the receiver (the light will blink) then, immediately after, press the connect button on your wireless controller (located at the top of the controller just above the battery pack). Jason Fitzpatrick is the Editor in Chief of Review Geek, How-To Geek's sister site focused on product reviews, roundups, and deals. He has over a decade of experience in publishing and has authored thousands of articles at Review Geek, How-To Geek, and Lifehacker. First, plug your device into your computer. We recommend plugging it directly into a port on the back. If you must plug it into a USB hub, make sure it's a powered hub. We'd also recommend picking a port that you'll be able to leave the device more or less permanently attached to. Whenever you unplug it, you'll need to repeat the annoying steps we're about to outline–so you'll want to leave it plugged in at all times, if you can. If you want to buy the adapter separately, you can, but you'll either be buying a Chinese knockoff product, or an official adapter that's been separated from its kit by a third party. Picking from these potential options is the most important step in the project. The only thing left to do at this point is to sync your controller to the new wireless receiver. If you're an Xbox 360 user porting some or all of their old controllers to their PC, then this process will seem very familiar, as its only a hair different than the process of pairing controllers with the actual Xbox 360. When prompted to select whether you want Windows to search automatically or for you to browse your computer for the drivers, select "Browse my computer for driver software". Don't worry, you don't actually need any drivers, as they're already included with Windows. (On the off chance that yours have gone missing, however, you can download the drivers here.). The MSRP of the official bundle $59.95, and you'll usually find it at close to that price at places like Best Buy. If you can find it cheaper from a reputable retailer, then by all means jump on it. If you must shop on Amazon, be sure you're buying a product marked "fulfilled by Amazon" and be ready to return it if it ends up that the product is not an official model. (Remember, "fulfilled by Amazon does not guarantee a genuine product.). This is where the decision making process gets slightly complicated. Microsoft doesn't sell the adapter by itself. They sell it in a bundle with a wireless controller–but if you already have a wireless controller, you probably don't want to buy another one just to get the adapter. The official Microsoft Xbox 360, seen above left, is always branded as "Microsoft" on the front and says "Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows" on the back. The knockoffs are almost always branded "X360", seen above right, and usually say "PC Wireless Gaming Receiver" or a variation on the back. Note the purposeful omission of any copy or trademarked names like "Microsoft", "Xbox 360", or "Windows". The Dubious Aftermarket Clones: Cheap and Doable, but a Headache. I Got Scammed by a Counterfeiter on Amazon. Here's How You Can Avoid Them. Let's emphasize that last point again: with the majority of aftermarket adapters we've come across if you unplug the adapter you have to repeat the annoying multi-step installation process. In my experience, it was worth the extra money to buy another genuine adapter just to avoid this hassle. If you're stuck with one of the lower-quality knockoffs, we're sorry–by comparison, it's a huge pain. Fortunately for you, it's not hard to get them up and running as long as you know the completely non-intuitive way to do it. How to Pair Your Controller(s) to Your PC. On the opposite side of things, you'll find piles upon piles of knockoff USB receivers sold separately all over Amazon, eBay, and other big online marketplaces. Typically, you'll find them ranging in price from $7-15 and they're either flawless clones that are indistinguishable from the official adapter dongle or they're terrible knockoffs that will give you a headache setting them up. You'll be given the option to search for the drivers in a location you specify or you can pick from a list of device drivers already installed. We want the latter, so select "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer".