How do I set a "dead zone" for my Xbox 360 wired controller (reference image).

Clarification: I meant for use with my PC.

Additional information: The reason I want to do this is because the joystick is beaten up from a lot of usage and now it suffers from "ghosting" which basically means it moves slightly and it can easily screw things up while in-game. For those of you who don't know what a "dead zone" is it is basically a small area (from the center of the joystick) that is dead so it will stop moving and stop ghosting. Google will probably yield more information on the specifics though.

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    It's not possible from your xbox itself. It could be possible with hardware modifications, but that would be really out of scope for this site. – Kevin Apr 14 '13 at 18:57
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    I should clarify I meant for use with my PC. – user47129 Apr 14 '13 at 18:58

According to this guide this is possible with pinnacle game profiler. I haven't tested it out, so I'm not sure if it works. Give it a try :).
Also it would be great if you could post your results back, I think a lot of people would find it useful information in the future.


Durazno, is a very tiny open-source XInput wrapper that lets you customise your controller's properties on a per-game basis. It includes deadzone fine-tuning, among other things.

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