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Xpadder review

£5.99 inc VAT

Manufacturer: XPadder

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

XPadder is inexpensive software that lets you use a game controller with your PC. Here's our XPadder review.

XPadder is software that emulates a mouse and keyboard with the buttons and directional thumbpad of your game controller. (If you are interested in XPadder you should read our story: How to use an Xbox 360 wireless controller on a PC.)

Many casual web or flash games would do well to implement gamepad controls. Platformers and bullet-hell titles are a perfect example. Sure, you can get by with WASD and the space bar, but it's not 1992 anymore. You shouldn't be forced to just get by when you've got that shiny, wireless gamepad sitting two feet away. The answer here is a £5.99 program called Xpadder.

Xpadder emulates a mouse and keyboard with the buttons and directional thumbpad of your game controller. It supports multiple profiles, rumble feedback, and chorded input, which allows for more commands than the number of buttons would normally permit. This technique can also be used to refine emulated mouse movement, with quick or precise modes for the analog directional stick switchable by toggling a preassigned button.

Configuration screens are easy to decipher and present you with a visual representation of your gamepad for easy key assignment. You can also use it to control desktop software: For example, the video player of your Media Center PC can use your wireless controller like a remote. Xpadder isn't currently free, but it's well worth the money developer Jonathan Firth is asking. Older, free versions are still around if you'd like to give a try before purchase.

XPadder Expert Verdict »

Supports Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 (32 and 64 bit)
Full keyboard and mouse emulation
Supports up to 16 controllers at the same time (multiplayer)
Rumble force feedback and advanced fine-tuning options
Create a layout for any controller that Windows can see
Multiple profile management using sharable files
Designed for gamepads, joysticks and arcade sticks
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

XPadder emulates a mouse and keyboard with the buttons and directional thumbpad of your game controller. It supports multiple profiles, rumble feedback, and chorded input, which allows for more commands than the number of buttons would normally permit.

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