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Im Curious about the usage of the controller to play any games, like... does it even work in linux?,if so do i need a driver of some sorts?

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Xbox controllers are plug and play in Ubuntu but there is an Ubuntu wiki guide if your controller isn't recognised.

Xbox 360 wiki

Most times its best just to try it out you would be surprised by how much hardware works with Ubuntu without any tweaking or editing any text files.

Hope you have fun!!!

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You're going to need a special Microsoft dongle to talk to the Wireless controller as it uses a proprietary protocol unique to the Xbox. Same goes for Windows.

Once you have that I it should plug and play (it did for me), on "most" games that suport gamepads

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This package provides additional configurations over xboxdrv driver (see xboxdrv home for more info at

Unlike stock xpad kernel driver, xboxdrv provides a wide variety of configuration options: it allows you to simulate keyboard and mouse events, remap buttons and axes, apply autofire, invert axis, tweak axis sensitivity, emulate throttle and rudder controls and send macros.

But while xboxdrv is included in its last version on Ubuntu 14.04, it lacks additional configuration to get it properly working.

This package adds additional configurations over xboxdrv:

  • Clear broken configurations;
  • Properly configure a upstart service;
  • Manage xboxdrv service on System suspend/resume;
  • Add support for user options at /etc/default/xboxdrv;
  • Start with support for 4 joysticks;
  • Add a "Joysticks" entry into System Settings panel;
  • Easy ForceFeeback activation.

To install:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:rael-gc/ubuntu-xboxdrv 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-xboxdrv


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