How to make Xbox 360 controller vibrate continuously: PC guide

How to make Xbox 360 controller vibrate continuously? Whether you’re a dedicated gamer looking to enhance your gaming experience or a tech enthusiast interested in creative applications, read on to discover how to make your Xbox controller with two vibration motors vibrate constantly on your PC.

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Required hardware and software

To enable vibration function on your Xbox controller when connected to your PC, you’ll need a few essential items.

USB cable

Ensure you have a compatible USB cable to connect your Xbox controller to your PC.

This cable is usually included with the controller.

XInput Plus or Xbox Accessories app

XInput Plus or Xbox Accessories app is the key software tool you’ll use to enable vibration function and customize your controller’s vibration setting. Download it from Microsoft Store, and ensure you have it ready for installation.

Third-party accessory

If the built-in vibrating feature on your Xbox operator stops working, and you still want it to vibrate, you can utilize a third-party adapter. Invest in a third-party component, like vibration motors or packs.

Installing necessary drivers

With your Xbox 360 controller’s drivers correctly installed, you’ll be one step closer to configuring the continuous vibration feature using the XInput Plus software.

Connecting the Xbox controller to the PC

  1. Plug in the USB cable: begin by plugging one end of the USB cable into your Xbox 360 controller’s USB port.
  2. Connect to PC: insert the other end of the USB cable into an available USB port on your Windows PC.
  3. Controller recognition (automatic): in most cases, Windows will automatically detect the connected Xbox controller and install the necessary drivers.

Installing drivers manually

Sometimes, Windows might not automatically detect and install the required drivers for your Xbox controller. In such cases, follow these steps.

Go to Device Manager

Right-click on the Windows Start menu and select “Device Manager” from the context menu.

Locate the controller

In the Device Manager window, look for the “Xbox 360 Peripherals” section. If you see your controller listed here with a yellow triangle or an error message, it means the drivers are missing.

Install the driver

Right-click on the controller with the error, and select “Update driver” from the context menu. Choose “Search automatically for updated driver software.”

Windows will search for the appropriate drivers online and install them.

Follow any on-screen prompts to complete the installation.

Verify installation

Once the drivers are installed successfully, the controller should now appear without any errors in the Device Manager.

Using XInput Plus for constant vibration

XInput Plus offers a wide range of features, including the ability to configure vibration feedback, button mapping, dead zone adjustments, and more. For our purposes, we’ll focus on setting up constant vibration with haptic feedback. This tool allows you to experience the prolonged and continuous controller vibration feature for gaming and other applications.

Downloading and installing XInput Plus

Follow these steps to download and install XInput Plus:

  1. Visit the official XInput Plus website: open your web browser and visit the official XInput Plus website. You can typically find the latest version of the software there.
  2. Download XInput Plus: locate the download link for XInput Plus on the website. It’s often found on the homepage or in the “Downloads” section. Click on the download link to start downloading the software.
  3. Run the installer: once the download is complete, locate the downloaded file (usually an executable file with a .exe extension). Double-click on the file to run the installer.
  4. Installation wizard: follow the on-screen prompts of the installation wizard. You’ll be asked to select the installation location and agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. Complete installation: after completing the installation, you may be prompted to launch XInput Plus immediately. If not, you can find it in your Start menu or desktop shortcuts.
  6. Initial configuration: upon first launching XInput Plus, you may need to configure some settings. The exact steps for configuring constant vibration will be covered in the next section.

Configuring XInput Plus for constant vibration

Now that you have XInput Plus installed on your PC, let’s delve into the process of configuring your Xbox 360 controller for constant vibration and explore how to set it up for various applications or games.

Configuring constant vibration

Launch XInput Plus: open XInput Plus using the shortcut you created during the installation, or locate it in your Start menu.

Select your controller: in XInput Plus, you should see a list of connected controllers. Click on your Xbox 360 controller to select it.

Access vibration settings: look for a section or tab within XInput Plus that allows you to customize the controller’s vibration settings.

The location of this option may vary depending on the version of XInput Plus you’re using.

Enable constant vibration: within the vibration settings, you should find an option to enable the controller vibration feature with haptic feedback. This setting might be labeled as “Constant Rumble,” “Constant Vibration,” or something similar. Enable this option to make a controller vibrate.

Adjust vibration strength (optional): some versions of XInput Plus allow you to adjust the strength or intensity of the haptic feedback. Depending on your preferences, you can increase or decrease the intensity to suit your needs.

Save configuration: after making these changes, make sure to save your configuration within XInput Plus. This step ensures that your haptic feedback settings are applied to make your controller vibrate each time you use it.

Setting up vibration for applications or games

Some games allow you to configure controller vibration settings from within the game itself.

Launch the application or game

Start the game or application for which you want to make your game controller vibrate.

Configure in-game settings 

Check the game’s options or settings menu for vibration-related options to make the Xbox controller vibrate continuously.

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With XInput Plus and your customized game controllers’ settings, you’re all set to enjoy a more immersive and engaging experience if you’ve made the Xbox controller vibrate constantly.


Here, we’ll answer common questions about an Xbox controller vibration.

How do I make my Xbox 360 controller vibrate PC?

To make the Xbox controller vibrate on a PC:

1. Connect your wired Xbox controller to your PC via USB.
2. Windows may automatically install drivers; if not, install them manually.
3. Test vibration in Windows by going to “Devices and Printers” and right-clicking on your controller.
4. Select the “Game Controller Settings” menu, choose your controller, and click “Properties.”
5. In the “Test” tab, tap vibration buttons to test the vibration.

How do I make my Xbox 360 controller vibrate nonstop?

If you want the controller to constantly vibrate on a PC:

1. Connect your controller and press the Xbox button.
2. Download and install “XInput Plus” software.
3. If you have multiple controllers, pick the one you want to modify, then click Configure to set the controller vibration setting.
4. Launch your game or application and tap vibration buttons to test vibration feedback.

Why isn’t my Xbox One controller vibrating continuously?

Even having the vibration functionality activated, your Xbox One Wireless Controller might need to be charged if it is not giving vibration feedback. The Xbox One Wireless Controller might not vibrate when the battery is low. Utilize a USB cord to connect the Xbox One controller to the Xbox console gaming system.

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