How to Enter Cheat Codes With the Xbox 360 Controller

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Xbox 360 Controller Basics

Xbox 360 Controller Image with cheat code entry descriptions.
Xbox 360 Controller Image with cheat code entry descriptions. Microsoft - Edited by Jason Rybka

Use the Xbox 360 controller during gameplay and cheat code entry. On the following page, view the image and corresponding text to learn how to enter Xbox 360 cheats.​ Abbreviations are often used in describing cheat codes; for example, press "LB" is shorthand for press the "Left Bumper" -- No. 3 on the image.

Bookmark or print the following page for easy reference until you are familiar with the controller and button descriptions.

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Entering Cheats on the Controller

Xbox 360 Controller Image with cheat code entry descriptions.
Xbox 360 Controller Image with cheat code entry descriptions. Microsoft - Edited by Jason Rybka

1. The left trigger is indicated as "Left Trigger" or "LT" in cheats. You can sometimes use the left trigger as a button to enter cheat codes.

2. The right trigger is indicated as "Right Trigger" or "RT" in cheats. You can also sometimes use the right trigger as a button to enter cheat codes.

3. The left bumper is indicated as "Left Bumper" or "LB" in cheats. Use the left bumper as a button to when entering codes.

4. The right bumper is indicated as "Right Bumper" or "RB" in cheats. Use the right bumper as a button when entering cheat codes.

5. The back button is indicated as "Back Button" or "Back" in cheats. For some cheats, you need to press the back button before inputting codes.

6. The start button is indicated as "Start Button" or "Start" in cheats. Some cheats require that you press the start button before inputting codes.

7. The left thumbstick is indicated as "Left Thumbstick" or "Left Analog" in cheats. In some cheats, you can use the left thumbstick as a directional. You can also use it as a button.

8. The directional pad is indicated as "Directional Pad" or "D-Pad" in cheats. This is the most common directional input method for entering cheat codes.

9. The right thumbstick is indicated as "Right Thumbstick" or "Right Analog" in cheats. In some cheats, you can use the right thumbstick as a directional. You can also use it as a button.

10. The A, X, Y and B buttons are indicated individually. For pure cheat codes, these buttons -- usually used with the D-Pad -- are the most direct input methods.

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Backward-Compatible Xbox Game

Xbox 360 Controller Image with cheat code entry descriptions.
Xbox 360 Controller Image with cheat code entry descriptions. Microsoft - Edited by Jason Rybka

If you are playing an original Xbox game, you may run into a problem because the Xbox 360 controller, unlike the original Xbox controller, does not have black and white buttons. ​​On the Xbox 360, the black and white buttons are replaced with the right and left bumpers, so the left bumper -- No. 3 -- replaces the white button, while the right bumper -- No. 4 -- replaces the black button.

So, if a cheat code was Left, A, Black, X, White, B, B on the Xbox, it would be Left, A, Right Bumper, X, Left Bumper, B, B while playing the same game on the Xbox 360.

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