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Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Using An XBox 360 With Your Mac
6:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Unofficial Apple Weblog recently posted a networking guide for gamers who own an Xbox 360 and a Mac. The article offers a variety of ways to bring the two machines together including sharing your Mac's internet connection, using XBox accessories on the Mac, and streaming media from Mac to Xbox.

In many of the recent reviews of the Apple TV, the Xbox 360 was often mentioned as a competing Media Extender product. Having recently bought a 360, I thought it would be good to discover the ways in which my two pretty white boxes can work together. In this TUAW Guide to Xbox 360 and the Mac, I'm going to discuss some of both the hardware and software compatibilities between the machines. If you've ever been curious about the Xbox 360 read on.

Most of your game playing is probably going to be on the Xbox, but occasionally you might like to play a little Wingdings or some classic via MacMAME on your Mac, so why not use the excellently designed Xbox controllers? If you have the wired version of the controller they have standard USB ports which you can plug right into your Mac or a hub, but just plugging them in isn't quite enough. You'll need a driver for the controller hardware, and fortunately Colin Munro has you covered with his donationware Pref360 . Unfortunately, you may also need ControllerMate ($15) to customize the buttons as proxies for particular keyboard keys if your game does not offer customization built it.
To read the rest of the guide click over to the site below.

TUAW: XBox 360 and Mac Guide

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