Is it possible to connect more than 4 Wireless Xbox 360 controllers to a PC?



  • If I buy multiple Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receivers will I be able to use them at the same time? I know that each one should support 4 controllers, so if I buy 2 could I connect 8?



  • Yes you can use more than 4 wireless controllers on some games. For example Gang Beasts, Knight Squad, Miner Warfare and Screencheat support up to 8 controllers via DirectInput instead of XInput.

    XInput supports a maximum of four controllers at a time. This is an Xbox limit, carried over to Windows. Although as of 2010 few PC games require more than four controllers at once, DirectInput itself has no such limitation.

    (Wikipedia, DirectInput vs. XInput)

    DirectInput works with any controller including Xbox controllers. The use of DirectInput or Xinput is down to the developer or engine that they are using. It is not something that you can configure in Windows.

    Update: I noticed that the upcoming windows wireless adapter states that it "(s)upports up to 8 wireless controllers". I wonder if they've removed the XInput limit and whether this will be for windows 10 only or if they will eventually backport to Windows 7.




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