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How to Set Up a Gaming Mouse in OS X

Gaming in OS X is becoming slightly more prevalent thanks in part to new partnerships between Apple and several major game distributors. Programs like Steam, which allow you to purchase and download games directly to your Mac, are available and the list of titles supported by OS X is constantly growing. So, why would you want to game on a Magic Mouse when there are so many great gaming-specific options available? Thankfully, there are a few ways to set up a gaming mouse in OS X.

If your mouse’s manufacturer doesn’t have any software or drivers that support OS X (or if the ones they have aren’t very good), you’re not entirely out of luck. A free program called USB Overdrive can replace your gaming mouse’s OS X drivers and allow you to customize virtually everything about how the mouse functions down to the mouse acceleration level. It will even help with third-party keyboards and gaming controllers. In a sense, it’s an all-in-one solution for anyone who doesn’t like the Magic Mouse or Apple keyboard.

USB Overdrive sits in your system panel and comes with an easy uninstallation file that resides in your Applications folder. While the main program is free, a paid license will get rid of a 10-second holding period before you can access the controls in System Preferences. Complete functionality is available for both registered and unregistered users.

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