How To: Connect Your Wireless Xbox 360 Controller To Your Nexus 7

January 15, 2013 - Written By Justin Diaz

We all know the Nexus 7’s gaming capable  prowess is worthy enough to handle pretty much everything from Modern Combat 4 and Deomn’s Score to your standard Angry Birds franchise. And while the tablet is quite comfortable to hold on a daily basis for most things, including gaming, for some there’s a little left to be desired when trying to mop up on a match of Shadowgun: Deadzone. I find the on-screen controls easy enough for a shooter, but if you’re a core gamer nothing compares to the feel and responsiveness of a controller in your hands.

That’s cause it’s native. Now there are a couple of fairly decent quality compatible controllers out there that will work with the Nexus 7 and many other devices, like the MOGA controller and the NYKO playpad and playpad pro(tablets only on this one), but I’ll be honest, I wasn’t happy with the MOGA due to lack of game support and just general functionality of the way the controller worked. I know, I know…. I talked all big about it before it actually came out because I was excited to have an option like it, but it just didn’t live up to what I had pictured in my mind.

Alas, I’m back to playing games with the on-screen controls. The good news is, that there’s quite a crafty little trick one can do to get the Xbox 360 wireless controller to pair and work perfectly with your Nexus 7 tablet. This wonderful news for gamers and Nexus 7 owners comes to us from XDA and there is a lovely little set up guide over here at the original thread.

Most of you are probably wondering how this is possible , because if you have tried using console game controllers in the past or own a xbox 360 you probably already know that Microsoft uses a proprietary link between the console and the controller, while other viable options like the Wii and PS3 controllers use bluetooth tech, which is what you’d normally need to link to an android device. Luckily that is no more thanks to sleeplessninja. Now before I go any further, I want to note that this guide will only work for Rooted users, so if you don’t have a rooted nexus 7 yet you can follow a link in the posted XDA thread to do so, or if you don’t want to root your device then this option won’t be for you.

For the rest of you out there, check out the guide and learn how to set it up. Now I also want to point out that there is and has been a way to already set up a wireless 360 controller but a lot of games were not compatible with that setup. This guide fixes that issue. Here’s what you’ll need to get everything going and then you’ll be playing games with the comfortable and familiar feel of an Xbox 360 wireless controller.

What you’ll need:

  • Xbox 360 wireless controller
  • OTG cable
  • Xbox 360 wireless dongle
  • Rooted Nexus 7

Awesome! Now that you know just what you’ll need to get the ball rolling link over to the thread I posted earlier and get started. As with all or anything that requires messing about in the settings of your device and rooting stuffs, you are doing this at your own risk. Neither I or the fine folks over at XDA are responsible for what you do to your device. That being said, if you follow the guides to the letter and read thoroughly or watch any videos that explain what to do, you’ll be fine. I haven’t rooted my nexus 7 yet but as soon as I get around to it I’ll post my own personal follow-up to this on how the controller works. I’ll try to make sure there is a video handy as well so you guys can see it in action from my end. Game on and game often. Anyone else here interested in trying this or already using this method?