Get your game on: How to connect a PlayStation 3 controller to a Mac
The easiest of these unsupported remotes to configure is likely the Xbox controller, which can be physically connected directly via USB or with a relatively cheap receiver for wireless Xbox controllers. If you have a PS3 controller, you'll need to follow a quick procedure to establish a connection to your Mac. First, connect the controller to your Mac, and then open the Bluetooth system preferences and make sure Bluetooth is both on and discoverable. Next, hold the PS button on the controller for a few seconds, then unplug the USB cable, and the controller should appear in the Bluetooth system preferences and be available for use in a number of games and programs.
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A Wii Remote can also be connected via Bluetooth. Once the gaming controller is connected, you can use one of several software driver packages to configure its inputs.
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The first is Joystick Mapper , with which you should be able to configure most gaming controllers. The second is the Tattiebogle driver for Xbox controllers, which should work for both wired and wireless using the receiver noted above controllers.
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For Wii users, the program DarwiinRemote and the Wjoy driver should allow you to crudely connect and configure the motion-sensitive Wii Remote, but if you have trouble establishing a connection using these drivers in OS X These last tools are useful especially if you have a controller that only has driver support for Windows.
When connected to the Mac, the button inputs will be registered, and universal drivers like USB Overdrive should be able to recognize them and allow you to assign global or application-specific settings to them.
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It would be great if there is some central settings for the customization of each button. I need the gamepad for data visualization only, not for actual gaming. There are a lot third-party control apps but I would like to find some major app.
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Open-source application is the best choice, because in case of random errors, I could be sure that the conntroller itself is not causing it. I choose the PowerA mini Pro controller because of analog buttons and joystics. I need the analog control. I choose PS3 because it is widely supported and has sufficient userbase. It would be great to have such drivers system wide such that you could use them for scientific computation and visualization.
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