How to Use an Xbox 360 Controller on the Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 tablet delivers great gameplay for games like ShadowGun THD and Max Payne, but touch screen controls can’t compare to using a controller.

Thankfully, it’s easy to use an Xbox 360 controller to play games on the Nexus 7 tablet.

All you need is a wired Xbox 360 controller and a small Micro USB to USB OTG adapter, which costs about $8 at Amazon. This adapter allows you to plug in the wired Xbox 360 controller.

Xbox 360 Nexus 7 controller

This adapter allows you to use the Xbox 360 controller as a Nexus 7 controller.

Watch me play ShadowGun THD and Dirt 3 on OnLive using the Xbox 360 controller in our demo video below.

While Jelly Bean and the Nexus 7 support the use of a wired controller right out of the box, not every game will work right.

GTA III doesn’t offer the ability to map controls to a controller, so I am able to play, but I cannot use the trigger buttons to control the game.

ShadowGun THD and Max Payne work great and ShadowGun even allows me to configure the controls. If you are looking for Nexus 7 games that work with the controller, download the free NVIDIA TegraZone app and look for games with the controller marker.

Tegra Zone Controller Games

The NVIDIA TegraZone app identifies controller capable Android games.

OnLive is working on support for the Onlive Wireless controller, but until then I am able ot use the wired Xbox 360 controller to play some games. As you can see in the video I am able to play Dirt 3 without any issue.

Games like HomeFront and Batman Arkham City will not load on the Nexus 7, so I cannot test the compatibility of the Xbox 360 controller. I’ll continue to try to use the OnLive app with the Xbox 360 controller to see if the games start working.

This isn’t the most portable and streamlined solution, but until companies like Nyko get their Android controllers to market this beats touch controls.