Choosing a game controller for your ASUS Transformer 3 Pro

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You can play almost any game you want on your 2-in-1 device. But if you’re desperate to play the latest console classic, you don’t need to wait until you’re home to try it.

Take matters into your own hands by connecting a decent game controller to your ASUS Transformer 3 or ASUS Transformer 3 Pro.

Plug and play

game_controller_xbox1The simplest way to connect a controller to your Transformer is via a USB cable.

Gamer favorites like the Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox One Elite controllers all work with standard USB-to-micro-USB or micro-USB-to-micro-USB cables, and because they’re Microsoft products, the drivers are preinstalled on Windows 10. That means they’re plug and play and will be instantly recognized the second you connect.

But If you don’t have an Xbox controller, fear not. Budget options like the Logitech F310 or the Razer Sabertooth use the same drivers to function, saving you the need to go through complicated installation processes.

Going wireless

Friends playing video gameConnecting via (micro) USB has the benefit of stability.

After all, the last thing you want when you’re lining up a shot or battling a boss is a lost connection—which can be a risk with wireless connections. Nonetheless, if you’d rather take the chance with connectivity rather than add to that fist-sized knot of wires in your bag, Bluetooth controllers are the answer.

Xbox controller owners can purchase the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows to connect without cables, while those of you looking for wireless capabilities straight out of the box can turn to the likes of the Logitech F710 and its Bluetooth dongle for salvation.

 

Knowing your type

There are plenty of ways to ensure your controller is compatible with all the games you want to play on your Transformer 3 Pro.

For example, if you want a controller that lets you play PC-optimized games without the keyboard and mouse, the Steam Controller is an excellent ally. You can map the buttons in multiple ways for different games, and use the built in trackpad as a mouse.

Calibrating for control

If you’re connecting older controllers or working with brands you’re unsure about, the Windows calibration tool can solves any number of problems. To get started, plug in the controller. Then go to:

Start > Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners > Devices and printers

game_controller_calibration_1Next, right click on your controller icon and select “Game Controller Settings”. In the pop up window, click “Properties.” Once you’re there, go into the “Settings” tab and click “Calibrate”.

game_controller_calibration_2You should be prompted to test out each button on your controller to get you up and gaming.

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