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How to use your Xbox One controller for PC gaming

Everybody loves a great indie platformer such as Cuphead or immersiveracing games such as the Dirt series or F1, but let’s admit it, they aren’t the best games to play with a keyboard and mouse. We all know that a mouse and keyboard is far more accurate when it comes to an FPS, MOBA or MMO but we have to face the fact that the controllers used by our console gaming buddies offer a comfortable way of tackling certain genres. It can be hard to decide which controller to get, so we’ve assembled a list of Xbox One controllers which are great for PC gaming.

Thrustmaster GP XID Pro Gaming Controller

+ Very affordable

+ Plug and play

– Basic controller

The first option on the list is this controller from Thrustmaster, and although not technically an Xbox controller it does sport the same ergonomic grip style and button layout. The controller connects to your PC via a USB cable and is completely plug and play which is great, as you won’t have to worry about downloading drivers. Simply plug the controller in and then you’re ready to start your F1 career or rally. It’s compatible with Windows Vista through to Windows 10 and can also be used with Xbox One and PS4, too. Overall, a great budget PC controller option that’s also console-friendly.

MSI Force GC20

+ 2-million-click life expectancy

+ Replaceable D-cover

– Wired

Moving up the price range and in comes the MSI Force GC20. It features the same streamlined Xbox One controller design and is incredibly durable with a button-life expectancy of two million clicks. The controller won’t have any issue with long, intense gaming sessions on your PC. It’s also compatible with other mainstream gaming platforms, too. The controller comes with an additional D-pad cover and has dual vibration motors – so you’ll be able to feel those hairpins. The controller is supported on Windows 7 up and also has the benefit of being compatible with Android 4.1 above.

MSI Force GC30

+ Wired and wireless play

+ Dual vibration motors

– Pricier option

This next controller is a slight upgrade on the GC20 as it offers the ability to game wirelessly through a wireless dongle. The controller has a battery life of eight hours’ gaming in wireless mode and then can be plugged in when you run out of juice. It too has dual-vibration motors so you feel every corner and move in your game, and comes with a magnetically replaceable D-pad cover. Likewise it’s compatible with Windows 7+ and Android 4.1+ and is a great choice of controller for wireless gaming.

Microsoft Xbox Controller

+ Three way connectivity

+ Genuine Xbox ergonomic grip


The most expensive on the list is the official Microsoft Xbox One controller which is compatible with PCs running Windows 10 and your Xbox One. For the higher price tag you have a choice of an extensive range of colours and special-edition controllers so you’ll be able to find one that matches your rig and your personality. Furthermore, you can connect your controller to your PC in three different ways, so regardless of which gen Xbox controller you have, you’ll be able to game with it.

Whether you prefer using an Xbox controller for playing platformers or want one for your favourite driving game, our list covers controllers for every use and budget. All that’s left to do is to pick one and start winning those races and beating those bosses!

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