Original post by: Albert Ferguson ,
Do you have any wireless routers, microwaves or metallic objects positioned anywhere near your console? These can disrupt the signal or wireless controllers. As far as plugging it in to play that only works if you use the ''play and charge'' kit. Which asks you to connect the battery pack to the USB cable and that to the console. If after all of this still nothing is working your USB ports may be damaged, or the console itself may be damaged. If you can also try using friends controllers to test whether or not it is the controller that is malfunctioning.