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GamePad Companion

By Carvware

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GamePad Companion enables you to configure your gaming device to act as a keyboard or mouse. With GamePad Companion you can use your gaming devices with most games and apps, even if they don't have built-in support for those devices!

GamePad Companion works with gaming devices that conform to the USB HID (Human Interface Device) standard. For more information on devices you can visit GamePad Companion support.

*Some gamepads may require drivers not built into OSX before they will appear in GamePad Companion.

*Please visit for important information regarding XBOX 360 and PS3 gamepad support.

What's New in Version 3.3

- Provides general bug fixes for upcoming OSX release.
- Fixes mouse cursor bug with Borderlands 2, for both the App Store and Steam versions.
- Fixes bug with Minecraft.


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Customer Reviews


Before you purchase this… Stop.. Do something better with your time, money, and patience. Not only have I bought two different controllers for this (Complete waste of $50) but each time I have had problems. It finds the xbox wired controller I am using just fine, but wont let me configure it the way I would like. Also, using this will basically seize up your game. I have spent the last couple hours holding down my power button to shut down my frozen computer for the majority of the time. When I unplug the controller and try again using just my mouse as my directional pad, things seem to go a little more smoothly. I thought maybe there was a chance my mac was too cluttered, so I cleaned it and the laptop works a lot faster now, but the second I plug a controller into it, it will freeze. And when it doesn’t freeze, I get a loud buzzing noise. I am using this for a FPS game and when I am in the game, and proceed to aim, it sticks on aiming and won’t release, then when I press the trigger to fire, it continues to unload an entire clip, reload, and unload the remaining clips with me just pressing the trigger once. I see in reviews that ps2 or ps3 controllers work well. Maybe I will try that next, but I am not too happy about having to spend yet another 20-30 bucks for this. I want my money back, and not just for purchasing this crappy app, but for the $50 in controllers I shat out for nothing.

Does nothing in Minecraft.

Don't get this if you have Minecraft and a PS3 controller.

Or if you don't like frustration.

Out of the box, this thing recognizes the PS3 (because there's support built into the OS), but when you open up a game and try to use it? Nothing happens. Turn it 'On', 'Off', whatever -- absolutely nothing happens in the game. Even the basics like mapping WASD; I can press the arrow buttons on the gamepad to select them in the config, and then choose something to map them to (WASD), and from the Config it appears to be working.

But in the game? Nothing, not a single solitary action is taken.

I didn't buy this app to play "Configuration", I bought it to get my PS3 controller working in Minecraft. Which after 2 hours it looks like this thing can't do out of the box. I've also tried using its 'Steam mode' to send events; nope, that doesn't work either.

Works Great with a PS3 Controller

I’ve used this to play Wow & Guild Wars 2 and really hadn’t had any problems with it. When I was using it with an xbox controller, I had all kinds of issues since I also had to run an emulator (xbox controller not recognized or supported with mac). I’m planning on using this for ESO as well! it could use a few tweeks but being that I’ve been playing consoles for the past 8 yrs, I’ve gotten lazy about using my keyboard.

GamePad Companion
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  • $7.99
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated: Aug 15, 2013
  • Version: 3.3
  • Size: 2.2 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Seller: Joseph Carvalho

Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later

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