Why Use a Game Controller?

We’ve previously covered a number of ways in which you can play games on your Mac but if, like me, you prefer to use a controller than the keyboard and mouse, help is at hand. In this tutorial we show you how you can set up and use a game controller with your Mac.

 

Why Use a Game Controller?

Many of us will, no doub,t have a games console at home – be that an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. They’re comfortable to use and usually very easy to get to grips with. Whilst PC gamers will argue that nothing beats the precision of a keyboard and mouse (which is true), there are a lot of people who just like to use a game controller – and I’m one of them!

Getting Started

There’s a few things that we’ll need before we can start playing games on our Mac using a controller.

  1. A game controller
  2. A game
  3. Software to set up our game controller

All game controllers are not created equal so it makes it much easier in the long run to do some research about the best game controller to purchase. However, I’m going to save you the hassle of this and recommend two different controller types, the PS3 and the Xbox 360.

The PS3 controller works via both Bluetooth and USB. Amazingly, it requires no installation due to the standards it uses for both of these. Simply plug the controller into your Mac’s USB port or pair it via Bluetooth and it’s ready to customise.

If you’re wanting to use the controller via USB then there’s nothing further you need to do. However, pairing it via Bluetooth is a little more involved but only takes a few moments.

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