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Achieving full XBOX 360 Controller support in GTA III
By Silent
This guide will let you know how to add full XInput support to GTA III! All you need to do is to download a modification for the game...
About GInput
Hey, what's going on? You plugged in your PlayStation or XBOX pad in hopes that you'll be able to play GTA on your PC just like you used to play on the console, and for some reason you can't make the controls work properly? You can't use full possibilities of your brand new, XInput-compatible pad? Maybe you want to refresh your childhood memories after ages of playing IV and you're sick of the old-fashioned controls?

If any of these apply to you, GInput is the mod you've been looking for! This modification completely rewrites GTA III controls handling and ditches DirectInput in favour of XInput. This way, your PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360 pads will be handled by the game just perfectly, taking advantage of all their features, including analog triggers.
  • Complete XInput support, so pads are mapped to match console versions perfectly (including Start button, which can't be mapped on PC version without this modification).
  • Proper vibration support - something that was cut from all PC versions of the game!
  • FIVE different control mappings - four setups matching PS2 selectable setups and fifth one being a recreation of GTA IV controls!
  • Pad buttons in In-Game helps, replacing PC key names (depending on user's choice, either PlayStation or XBOX buttons are shown).
  • An INI file with tons of options - including toggleable vibration, selecting controls setup, Invert Look option from console versions, axis inversion options from San Andreas and more!
  • Automatic switching between keyboard & mouse and pad controls, basing on last device input.
  • Support for Guide/PS button. The button is fully functional and can show your Steam Overlay menu if you launched the game via Steam!
  • Cheats input from the pad. Use classic PS2 cheats on PC!
Downloading, Installation & Configuration
The modification can be downloaded from GTAGarage:

When downloaded, the package contains:
  • models directory - contains two TXD files with PS3/XBOX styled pad buttons
  • docs directory - contains a text file with all five button mappings (useful if you never played the game on PS2 or never tried playing IV with a pad) and two HTML files with cheats for the pad
  • GInputIII.asi - core of the modification
  • GInputIII.ini - configuration file - its possibilities will be discussed later (although they're described in the file too)
  • ReadMe.txt - just a ReadMe file - if you'll read this guide carefully, you don't need to open it ;)


Easy as pie! You don't need to do anything fancy, just extract the archive content (except ReadMe.txt and docs directory, which, obviously, aren't required by the game to work) to your game directory (if you don't know where your game is, open Steam -> Right click on GTA: 3 -> Properties -> Local Files -> Browse Local Files to locate your game directory).

If your pad doesn't support XInput, you should try downloading any X360 controller emulator (x360ce recommended) and put it in the game folder (GInput makes use of xinput1_3.dll).

INI configuration

The modification is highly configurable. These are all the options available in GInputIII.ini:
  • Enable - Well... you shouldn't ever really need this option, but if you're too lazy to drag GInput out of your III directory, you may disable it completely here.
  • DisableOnFocusLost - Setting this to 0 won't stop the game from registering pad input when not in focus. Best to leave it enabled.
  • Vibration - This option will toggle vibration on/off.
  • ControlsSet - This option will determine what controls set game will be using. See docs/GAME CONTROLS FULL LIST.txt for available modes and their setups.
  • SAStyleSniperZoom - This option will allow SA style sniper zoom (R2/RT to zoom in, L2/LT to zoom out) This option is ignored when IV style controls are enabled (ControlsSet=5).
  • Southpaw - This swaps all actions bound to analog sticks, similarly to Max Payne 3/GTA V Southpaw option, so everything bound to left analog stick will be controlled by right analog stick and vice versa.
  • SwapSticksDuringAiming - This option will switch analog sticks when aiming with a sniper. Takes effect only with IV style controls enabled (ControlsSet=5).
  • HotkeyToDriveby - Enabling this option will modify right analog stick actions - Look Left, Look Right and Look Behind will require holding R1/RB, whilst turret/hydraulics won't. With this option disabled, you need to hold R1/RB to control turret and hydraulics but not to look around. Takes effect only with IV style controls enabled (ControlsSet=5) and with pre-1.03 looking around (DrivebyWithAnalog=1).
  • InvertLook - This option will invert view controls (1st person aiming and looking around).
  • CheatsFromPad - Enables cheat input from the pad - see docs/cheat_list_*.html for more info.
  • GuideLaunchesOverlay - This option will make the mod launch Steam Overlay menu by pressing Home/Guide. Has no effect at all if game is not launched by Steam.
  • ApplyMissionSpecificFixes - This option alters some of the SCM scripts so they work properly with all GInput sets. It fixes some helps not appearing in IV controls mode. You should disable this option only when using SCM without stock GTA III missions.
  • PlayStationButtons - This option will replace XBOX pad buttons with PlayStation pad buttons.
  • InvertLeftXAxis - This option will invert left thumbstick X axis
  • InvertLeftYAxis - This option will invert left thumbstick Y axis
  • SwapLeftAxes - This option will swap left thumbstick axes (so X axis becomes Y and Y becomes X)
  • InvertRightXAxis - This option will invert right thumbstick X axis
  • InvertRightYAxis - This option will invert right thumbstick Y axis
  • SwapRightAxes - This option will swap right thumbstick axes (so X axis becomes Y and Y becomes X)
Screenshots & Video

Playing the first mission with Dualshock 3 pad:

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Slartibarti (Marlle?!) Mar 3 @ 1:15pm 
I loooooooove this... Great work, make a mod like this for morrowind/oblivion and I'll mary you!
Silent  [author] Jan 14 @ 11:24am 
It's said in the article. Just look in the Installation section, it's even said how to locate your game directory...
shura Jan 12 @ 4:20am 
ok i need help with this it dont say where to put what when you download it how is it easy if u dont know where to put the files when you download them someone help
Lord Máliko Jan 9 @ 11:45am 
I double checked and I was using VC. For some reason I just DLed the newest link and assumed both would be there. That's what I get for trying to mod half asleep and on autopilot.lol Thanks for helping me fix this. Works like a dream now.
Silent  [author] Jan 9 @ 9:44am 
You ARE using the III version instead of VC version, right? Seems like an obvious thing but I've already seen people do worse things.
Lord Máliko Jan 9 @ 8:46am 
Says press RET, F, or Joypad 4 to get in car when I start a new game. In VC it shows the 360 buttons. The left stick moves the character and Y gets in the car, but no other buttons work as expected. Bumpers do camera which is okay, but B is accelerate while is should be right trigger on control set 5. There's also no rumble. I feel like I'm retarded and am missing something simple that I accidentally got right in VC.
steolav Jan 9 @ 6:13am 
i forgot to put a file in the folder working perfectly now sorry great job :) i got a bit excited and just played the game :)
Silent  [author] Jan 9 @ 6:10am 
But do the buttons show up? Do you get rumble? Anything?
Lord Máliko Jan 9 @ 2:44am 
So it works like a dream in VC, but III doesn't seem to register it. I installed it the same way on both and since it works on VC, I can't have done something wrong there. In III the A and B buttons on my controller have been reversed and the right stick doesn't work at all.
steolav Jan 7 @ 1:51pm 
im using an afterglow xbox 360 pad and it isnt working :(