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on September 24, 2013
edit: WARNING, they have changed sellers on this item. When I bought mine, the seller was "Gimika". As of this edit (March 15, 2014), the most recent reviews still seem positive, so it's probably still okay. But double check to be sure, especially if it's May 2014 or later.

Original review: There are many many wireless receivers on the market, but many of them require you to do surgery to get the drivers installed, as they do not have the correct (Microsoft) USB IDs for the official drivers to recognize them. You have to either edit the driver files, or force-load them, and the whole process is a big pain in the butt.

This offering does it correctly. You just plug it in, and if you're on Win 7 or later, the drivers automatically install, no hassle. If you're on XP, there's a driver disk included. After it's connected and the drivers have installed themselves, you just press the 'introduction' button on both the receiver and the controller, and wham, it's operational. No fuss, no muss, things just work.

I don't know with certainty that this receiver is actually made by Microsoft. It could still be a fake. But, if so, at least it's a *good* fake, coming with the right USB IDs, and a driver disk that certainly looks genuine.

There's no hassle, the price is reasonable, and the seller seems good. If you're going to buy a wireless receiver, this is probably the one you want.
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on July 5, 2016
A lot of people are complaining that its not the actual Microsoft version because of the Japanese writing. and the cut rate packaging. However, I compared to my friends that he got from BestBuy and and EVERYTHING MATCHES UP! this is not an imitation and if it is they should be sued for full on likeness rights. This thing is the real deal, connects my 360 controllers to BOTH my windows 10 desktop and windows 10 gaming laptop. Range is just as good as an actual XBOX 360(roughly 25-30 feet). I didn't even need to software because the second I plugged this in and connected my controllers to it, it automatically recognized the hardware as a Microsoft hardware peripheral.
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on November 18, 2013
Official, works perfectly on PC, but has its flaws.
I came on here, saw some fantastic reviews and bought the receiver in a heart beat in order to play games like Dark Souls with ease on my PC. When it came in the mail installed the disc(easy to install), but unlike most of the reviewers here(whom are running on Windows7/8), it did not work.
Let me give a clear warning to potential buyers now, if you're running on Windows Vista, the 'simple' install with the CD WILL NOT work.

If you're a Windows Vista user I highly recommend installing the drivers online instead and then search on youtube for some 'how to' videos as it requires some fiddling in your Device Manager in order to get it to properly work. The device works perfectly as advertised, but is not too friendly with Vista, once I got it up and running though the time spent was well worth it.
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I have two of these -- one for myself and one for my husband. Initially, after switching from console gaming to PC gaming I tried to get the hang of using a keyboard rather than a controller. It worked well for some games, but for a select few I still really wanted to use controllers. This has allowed me to have that without having to use additional programs and at a relatively affordable cost. I really like these receivers and would recommend them.
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on May 5, 2017
This is the second one I have purchased the first one I bought years ago on the day it came out and it still works fine but I wanted to buy a second one because now I have a steam Link in my bedroom and this one work exactly the same as the original however unlike the original this one Blends in better because it's black instead of white
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on December 19, 2015
If you sort reviews by date, you may see this.

Purchased for a budget "Steam Machine" build using win 10. Device was plug n play. I did not use the drivers on the supplied disc. When plugging in the device, there were no usual USB detection and driver loading info pop-ups, but after hitting the power button on the controller, both devices appeared in the settings/devices menu.

I also purchased the Steam controller companion and it worked well. I also have the Steam controller, and both can be active at the same time, out of game in big picture node. The game you select seems to default to the controller used to enter the game, but I have only tested 3 games in this manner. Two of these games, however, show no controller support in Steam, but it seems to be there anyway, including the proper tutorial hints for controller use.

The only drawback is the packaging if this was purchased as a gift. It would be inappropriate for some as it comes humbly bound in plastic. No boxing etc. Looks counterfeit. But plug and play on Win 10 , and works with Steam flawlessly while cohabitating with the Steam controller (and mouse at times)
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on September 11, 2013
I just received my xbox 360 wireless receiver in the mail. I plugged it into my computer running windows 8 and it made a noise indicating that it recognized I plugged something in USB. I was a little worried that it didn't ask me about installing anything so I started up a game and did the controller setup and it was already working perfectly. It was as easy as just plugging it in!
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on April 8, 2014
I wanted to use my 360 controller to play Games on my Steam account on my Laptop. I have a 17 inch Asus G74 ROG. As soon as I got the product, I inserted the CD it came with to install all the software. You can find all the downloads you need without the CD online, but the CD makes it easy for complete noobs. Anyway, I easily installed everything with the CD and then plugged in the receiver to my laptop via USB connection. I then synced my 360 controller by clicking the button on the receiver and then clicking on the sync button on the controller (the sync button isn't the same as the big xbox button on the center of the controller). After that, assuming you are familiar with how 360 controllers work, you should be able to have everything working after that easily. If you happen to be "new" to doing things like this, it doesn't matter because the receiver comes with a mini instruction manual.

*note: you don't have to keep syncing the controller after the first time you do it. After the first time, you just have to press the big xbox button on the center of the controller to connect.

I've been using this receiver for a while now, and it still works like new. I have also connected multiple controllers in order to play co-op with friends, so that's great. You can connect up to 4 controllers, so just like on a normal xbox 360.

This product works, is easy to use, and durable. The only problems I assume people will encounter is maybe if you have a different Operating System (OS) besides windows 7. Apparently people had issues with the receiver on Vista and XP, but seriously, if you are still using Vista by now, just kill yourself, or catch up to the rest of mankind. There are ways to make the receiver work on Vista and such, but it takes longer. You can find instructions for that either somewhere among these reviews, or anywhere on Google.

I love this receiver. Now I can play steam games with a controller with no problem.
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on May 20, 2017
I love this product!!! I love being able to use my pink Xbox 360 controller with my computer for gaming!! I was not huge on playing most games on the PC prior to this. I mainly like to play shooter ish games like Halo and such.. I did love the Assassin's Creed games as well. It functions well with no issues for many hours of gaming. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that likes their Xbox controller but wants to play on PC!!!
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on March 2, 2014
I picked this up to be able to do some PC Gaming on my 50 inch Plasma by using my wireless xbox 360 controller connected to my gaming rig/desktop that is running Windows 8.1...

Appears to be O.E.M. product from Microsoft..

It comes with some paper work, with basic install guide and a driver CD which you can most likely just toss away.

The receiver has worked flawlessly from about 20 feet away, for my particular setup..

Basically you just plug it into an available USB 2.0 port on the back or front panel of your desktop, Windows should automatically install drivers and recognize the unit. Once plugged in and recognized there is a green light that should glow on the top of receiver to let you know it is on.

Now thanks to the way I have my setup of my room, when in the mood, I can sit back and chill on my sofa which is about 20 feet away from the receiver, and play some of my PC games on my plasma..

Gotta Love it!
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