How to use Xbox controllers on your Android device

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    Holy Jesus

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    No you shouldn't need sixaxis for the nexus 7 depending on what games you're playing. Games like GTA Vice city have natural controller support, my wired 360 controller works no fuss with my nexus 7. The only time you'll need sixaxis is for mapping controls of games that don't feature native controller support.

    Check out the nividia tegrazone app; it tells you what games feature controller support. You can get games without controller support to work by mapping your own controls using sixaxis
     
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    Pretty awesome, and no need for root access also :eek:
     
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    I don't know much about the OUYA but I'll try my best to clear some things up for you.

    1) It's Microsoft technology that they'd like you to think was exclusively useful. It is however merely an over-complicated base peripheral, put a bit of effort into whatever you're doing and you can get them to work with almost anything (I should mention that you will ALWAYS need the dongle for a wireless 360 controller). The wired controllers are easiest seeing as you need to factor in a wireless dongle for their counterparts. I've seen the military bomb disposal units control them disarm-or-accelerate-explosion robot things with a 360 controller on TV before. Although the pictured example appears to feature a wired controller I'm almost certain I can remember them using a wireless one.

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    2) Correct. As to the OUYAs bluetooth compatibility I'm unsure but if the OUYA does feature bluetooth you should be able to pair a PS3 controller fairly easily. I know it's fair easier to connect a wireless PS3 controller to a phone/tablet than it is a wireless 360 controller.

    3) You're correct in that you need the wireless adapter. You will also need it for the OUYA. The wireless system is proprietary like you mentioned so the OUYA won't have any way to recognize/sync the wireless controller without the dongle. You may also face slight issues with the controller mapping (I've heard the OUYA is reasonably forgiving with 360 controllers though) so be prepared to play around with that.

    From what I've heard the OUYA is very versatile and has no problem working with 360 controllers. You should be able to get them working pretty easily if you're prepared to put in a little bit of effort/thought. Reading through some articles though, it appears as if they are pretty much supported through and through out of the box.
    Just remember that the wireless dongle is essential for anything to do with the wireless controller unless you're using the xbox console itself. It's an essential component.
     
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    Quick question, could be considered off topic so I apologize. But is it possible to un-root your device once it's rooted, or would it need a fresh software install?
     
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    It's 100% possible to unroot without flashing stock rom or restoring factory settings. If you need to unlock your bootloader to root then you will need to wipe your phone if you want it restored completely to factory settings. It's not likely you'll have to touch the bootloader at all though.

    What device are you thinking of rooting?
     
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    Galaxy tab 2 7.0, and what you just said is completely incomprehensible to me xD As you can tell I'm new to androids :tongue:
     
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    It's fine we were all like that in the beginning. If you root (that is, unlock the root filesystem of the ROM), it's 100% possible to unroot your device (essentially re-lock the access to root directories) without having to re-install (dubbed 'flashing') the operating system (commonly and incorrectly dubbed "ROM"). I realize how confusing that is. ROM is the operating system.

    If you're unsure on what rooting actually is then there's this and this (pay attention particularly to the "what is rooting?" section) which pretty much sums it all up. If you don't understand a lot of it there's no need to worry, all you need to know is that it's essentially giving yourself administrator privileges on your tablet. A lot of the terminology is confusing and isn't really important.

    I'm sorry if I've confused you more. I don't really know how else to put it.
     
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    Ah, I guess I sort of understand. So what can you do with these administrative powers? The only reason I really want a rooted device is so I can get free games and change the colours and aesthetics of the menu and stuff. Is this possible with a rooted device?
     
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    You can get free games without a rooted device. I'm not sure if we're allowed to discuss this on the public forums but try aptoide. It's like the play market except the "paid" apps are free. If that fails search google for the app you want followed by ".apk" and you should find something. Be careful though.

    Root access will give you complete customization ability. Sometimes it's not simply as easy as hitting a button but where there's a will there's a way. Sometimes you can get a fair bit of customization without rooting, depends what you really want to change.
     
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    Oh, in that case I might just stick to a stock device, if you can get free games on them xD I would really like to modify the top bar that you pull down, the colours are horrible on it :confused:
     
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    How to past the vendor in keylayout ??
     
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    Could you elaborate a bit more on the question? I don't really know what you're asking sorry.
     
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    So is there a way to use a wireless receiver with wireless controller without rooting?

    I have a Galaxy Note 2. I got a PS3 controller working, but the wireless doesn't appear to work without root. I have an OTG cable.
     
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    Yes, depending on your android version. You just need a wireless receiver dongle which you plug into the OTG cable. These are sold so you can use a wireless controller on PC. They do work with Android. However I wouldn't recommend it because the compatibility is touchy and it will not work perfectly, or probably not even work at all for some games.

    The reason root is required is so you can edit or add the keylayout files so your phone can recognize and understand both the dongle and the controller. You can read more about this here - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1792531
     
  20. Tyler

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    Yeah I saw why root is needed usually.

    I have the wireless receiver since I bought one from a member here. I prefer to not root though. If I can't do this then I'll survive. I got a PS3 controller going so that'll do.
     

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