Mapping Game Console Controllers with Pinnacle Game Profiler

January 24, 2011, By Christian Cawley

The mouse and keyboard combination for gaming on Windows 7 is all very well; but what about the freedom that using a gamepad controller brings?

There are several such devices available for PC, but in recent years the popularity of games consoles such as the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 has led to some gamers using the controllers from those devices on their PCs in order to have all of the motion and movement controls on one device rather than spread around. While not necessary for the vast majority of PC games, it comes in useful for certain titles.

However using a console controller with a PC game requires a fair bit of configuration. This can be a time-intensive task if you embark on mapping controls and functions to buttons on your Xbox 360 or PS3 controller manually. Instead you should consider taking advantage of Pinnacle Game Profiler, a useful utility that will allow you to use your Sony or Microsoft gamepad to play any PC game.

Mapping game console controllers with Pinnacle Game Profiler

Download Pinnacle Game Profiler

In order to take advantage of this vital tool, visit in order to download your copy. It comes with a free 30-day trial so you can take advantage of this to find out whether or not it is worth purchasing (the full version is $19.95).

Once you have downloaded the 9.9MB file, run the installer and proceed through setup with the default options. Within minutes the utility will be installed, although note that it insists on running only after you have restarted your computer, so save any work you might have open before continuing.

After installation, the software can be launched via Start > All Programs > Pinnacle Game Profiler > Pinnacle Game Profiler, or from a desktop shortcut created during installation.

What Pinnacle Game Profiler Does

This pretty clever software acts as a layer between your game controller (whether it be a PlayStation 3 Sixaxis, a controller from an Xbox 360, a generic PC games controller or even your standard keyboard or mouse) and your game, allowing you to map any in-game command to any available button.

This all sounds quite impressive, but what Pinnacle Game Profiler can also do is allow you to interact with Windows 7 itself, something that should demonstrate the full power of the application.

Using Profiles for Your Controller

In order to take advantage of the control possibilities provided by Pinnacle Game Profiler, you need to create a profile for each game or piece of software you want to use.

The simplest way to do this is to run the software and use the automated scan that the utility uses when it starts up. If this doesn’t display the game (or application) that you have in mind to control with your PS3 or Xbox 360 controller, you can use the Game Profiles > New… button to add the game manually. This is best done by dragging the game’s desktop shortcut to the Shortcut Dropzone, although you can also manually paste the filepath to the executable (e.g. mygame.exe) into the dialogue box. Pinnacle Game Profiler will then check online for a suitable game controller profile for you to use!

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