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Does Xbox 360 play & charge kit work on Windows 8? (to charge wireless xbox 360 controller)

Hi all,

i want to know if i can purchase this kit as im spending to much money on batteries. i already have two wireless xbox 360 controllers and a pc receiver and im using windows 8 64bit if that matters. i dont want to purchase if it wont work.

any info will be appreciated
Thanks
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  1. The play and charge should charge when connected to the PC. It will not, however, send data over the charging cable.
  2. gbryan101 said:
    The play and charge should charge when connected to the PC. It will not, however, send data over the charging cable.


    send data over the charging cable you mean it cant be used to connect the controller? also how would you compare the kit to getting rechargeable batteries instead. i want to get which ever suits best
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    welie said:
    gbryan101 said:
    The play and charge should charge when connected to the PC. It will not, however, send data over the charging cable.


    send data over the charging cable you mean it cant be used to connect the controller? also how would you compare the kit to getting rechargeable batteries instead. i want to get which ever suits best


    You cannot just connect a play and charge cable to your PC and use the controller like you would on an Xbox 360. The play and charge only actually charges the controller, even on an Xbox. The controllers actually send data using a proprietary system created by Microsoft. Using a Xbox 360 controller on a PC requires a receiver that is compatible with Microsoft's system. Microsoft will gladly sell you one; they run about $20, with other brands selling their own for less. When you said you had a receiver, I assumed this was what you meant.

    So, in short, hooking the play and charge to the PC will only allow charging. To actually use the controller, you require a receiver. The play and charge generally works well, but if you are going to play with a cable running to your controller, why not get a wired controller?

    As for the batteries, either option will work. I would personally get the play and charge, and not from GameStop. I worked there, I've seen the mark-ups they run.

    Amazon has it for $18 and some change.
    http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-Black-Play-Charge-Kit/dp/B000OYMYZQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1375135943&sr=1-4&keywords=xbox+controller+battery
  4. gbryan101 said:
    welie said:
    gbryan101 said:
    The play and charge should charge when connected to the PC. It will not, however, send data over the charging cable.


    send data over the charging cable you mean it cant be used to connect the controller? also how would you compare the kit to getting rechargeable batteries instead. i want to get which ever suits best


    You cannot just connect a play and charge cable to your PC and use the controller like you would on an Xbox 360. The play and charge only actually charges the controller, even on an Xbox. The controllers actually send data using a proprietary system created by Microsoft. Using a Xbox 360 controller on a PC requires a receiver that is compatible with Microsoft's system. Microsoft will gladly sell you one; they run about $20, with other brands selling their own for less. When you said you had a receiver, I assumed this was what you meant.

    So, in short, hooking the play and charge to the PC will only allow charging. To actually use the controller, you require a receiver. The play and charge generally works well, but if you are going to play with a cable running to your controller, why not get a wired controller?

    As for the batteries, either option will work. I would personally get the play and charge, and not from GameStop. I worked there, I've seen the mark-ups they run.

    Amazon has it for $18 and some change.
    http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-Black-Play-Charge-Kit/dp/B000OYMYZQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1375135943&sr=1-4&keywords=xbox+controller+battery


    Ok I understand now, and yes I do have a pc receiver. Just need a kit to charge for when I run flat. Thanks for the info I appreciate it. I am in South Africa and you get lots of generic ones also which I bet isn't as good.
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