I wanted to use an Xbox controller to play PC games, so I ordered this one off Ebay. I know that I will need to buy a custom receiver for my PC, but will I be able to charge my controller that I bought via an USB cable?
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As long as you have a rechargeable controller kit (the battery pack and cord), you will be able to charge it via your PC or Xbox.
Other than that, like you said, you need the receiver for the PC.
P.S. Sometimes while charging my controller via PC, it will turn my Xbox on. I'm sure there is a work around.
I eschewed the specialized kit and got regular rechargeable NiMh AA batteries. The advantage of this is that they will work with any device which requires AA batteries.