Xpadder

Keyboard and mouse simulator that allows users to mimic mouse movements using a game controller

4.9

423 Votes

  • Category Various Utilities
  • License Free
  • Version 2015.01.01
  • Size 454.83 kB
  • Works under Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Language English
  • Program by Xpadder

Play games with all the convenience of a Playstation or Xbox controller!

Let's face it: sometimes playing PC games hunched over the keyboard typing in commands is hard work, straining players' backs and eyes after prolonged use. In particular platform based and first person shooter games often seem so much easier to play on the Playstation, Xbox and Wii. Xpadder, developed by Jonathan Firth offers an ideal solution to PC games with little or no game pad support.

The Xpadder emulates a mouse and keyboard with the buttons and directional thumb pad of the game controller. It enables playing under multiple profiles, rumbled feedback and a chorded input level, which all combine to emulate mouse or laptop touchpad movement. It is necessary to manually configure the game pad with the keyboard controls, but this is rendered extremely user friendly by the configuration screens which make it a straightforward process to assign particular keyboard functions to the different buttons on the gamepad. The controller can even be used like a remote on software like the PC or laptop's video player or a windows compatible web browser.

Xpadder does not require a complicated installation process, it can be installed directly from a zip file. Free trial versions are still available online, though the most up to date iteration is no longer free, the enhanced gaming experience it delivers makes the purchase worthwhile. It enables PC gamers to enjoy the same fun as console players in inviting fellow gamers to their living room or bedroom to play multiplayer, as Xpadder can support multiple and different controllers at the same time. This may be appealing to parents of preteen and adolescent gamers, who may not be mature enough to play online against anonymous strangers. Instead the young PC gamer can invite his or her "real life" friends over and use their console controllers to play PC games under the same roof and parental supervision. The Xpadder can support up to 16 controllers and is compatible all Windows systems from the early 2000s XP onward.

There are numerous support forums online incase a user has questions of a technical nature, including the specifics of modifying it for the new Windows 10 operating system. All in all, the program is worth the modest purchase price for the convenience and enhanced gaming experience it delivers.

Pros

  • Extremely user friendly
  • Easy to configure
  • Makes game play feel more natural like Xbox, Wii etc

Cons

  • No longer free to download
  • May not work with every console controller
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