Virtual Earth with XBox 360 Controller

Navigating in 3D space has always been tricky with a standard mouse. Over the years their have been various devices created to allow the move into the third dimension, more recently with the successful Space Navigator for Google Earth.

Game pads on the other hand are made for navigation and with the introduction of Windows Vista it is now possible to link the Xbox 360 controller (wireless or wired) to Microsoft’s Virtual Earth.

Video: Using Xbox Controller for Live Search Maps

The movie above demonstrates how easy it suddenly is to navigate Virtual Earth, our Xbox is in the office (more on that in a future post on Gaming in the Office Environment) all we need now is the adaptor.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Bob MaX - February 28, 2007

    Sure, the “taxy driver” is not a so good pilot.
    But, it seems to me that SpaceNavigator it is another story.

    Good luck, Bill !


    Best regards


  2. Anonymous - March 25, 2007

    Yes, and what about other non-Microsoft games?

  3. Anonymous - April 2, 2007

    Check out this new blog site for Xbox. Looks pretty good:

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