How to Use Xbox 360 Guitar Hero Controller on PC. Great Tips

Curious about how to use Xbox 360 Guitar Hero controller on PC? Let’s talk about that…

Guitar Hero games were so popular back in the days when it was released by Activision. However, nowadays, they have Guitar Hero Live for people to play.

Now if you are a fan of Guitar Hero games, you might have bought a special Guitar Hero controller already. Typically, those controllers are for Xbox or PlayStations.

That means they are not compatible with PC or computers. So, you might be struggling to use those Xbox 360 Guitar Hero controllers with your PC. And you want to know if there is a way to use them with the PC.
Lucky for you, there are a few ways you can use your Xbox 360 Guitar Hero controller with your PC. And we are going to share all of these different methods in this post.

So, let’s get to it…

Tutorial on How to Use Xbox 360 Guitar Hero Controller on PC

There are two types of Xbox 360 Guitar Hero controllers out there – wired and wireless. The wired controllers are easy to connect to your PC.

However, the wireless ones are not that difficult to connect either. In this section, we will explain all of these methods one by one.

Method #1 Connect Your Xbox 360 Guitar Hero Controller to PC (Wired)

First of all, we will share the method of connecting your wired Xbox 360 Guitar Hero controller to your PC. To be honest, this is very easy to accomplish. Because the Xbox 360 Guitar Hero controller comes with a USB cable. That means the USB cable can be easily be plugged into the USB port of your PC.

Simply put, you take the USB cable of the controller and then plug it into the USB port of your PC. That is it. Windows will automatically install the drivers and the controller will be ready to use in a few minutes. Once it is ready, you can start to use it to play the Guitar Hero games.

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Method #2 Connect Your PS2 Guitar Hero Controller to PC (Wired)

On the other hand, if you have a PS2 Guitar Hero controller, then you have to approach it differently. Remember here we are talking about the wired PS2 Guitar Hero controller.

Now, those controllers don’t come with a USB cable. That means you cannot plug in those controllers to your PC’s USB port directly.

In this case, you will need to buy a PS2 to USB adapter. That way, you can connect the PS2 controller to the ‘PS2 to USB adapter’ and then just connect the adapter to the USB port of your PC.

That is it. Your computer will recognize the PS2 Guitar Hero controller right away. Now, you can start to use it.

Method #3 Connect Your PS2 or Xbox 360 Guitar Hero Controller to PC (Wireless)

In this part, we will be talking about how to connect a wireless Xbox 360 Guitar Hero controller to your PC. Interestingly, it is not that hard. But you will need to buy a separate wireless USB dongle for the controller.

And the controller must be compatible with the USB dongle. As a matter of fact, if you have bought a good quality wireless controller, then you will also get the USB wireless dongle with it. And you can use that USB wireless dongle to connect the controller.

how to use Xbox 360 Guitar Hero controller on PC

In some cases, the wireless USB dongle will be automatically recognized by the PC. However, sometimes you might need to install the driver manually. The wireless dongle should come with a CD that will have the driver to install.

The Bottom Line

The Guitar Hero games are very addictive. And, there are millions of people who play these games. And, the best way to enjoy the games is to use a special Guitar Hero controller.

But those Guitar Hero controllers are not compatible with PC. As a result, we have written this post to help you find the solution to this problem.

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Now, we hope you have read the post and now you know how to connect Xbox 360 Guitar Hero controller to your PC. In addition, we have also added the tutorials for PS2 as well. So, if you are a PlayStation user, then this should be useful to you as well.

Before we go, you can read our post about How to Connect PS3 Controller without USB. Anyways, if you have liked this post, you can share this with others. And if you have any queries or suggestions, you can share them with us in the comments below!

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