FINALLY. Steam adds Xbox Controller Support.

FINALLY. Steam adds Xbox Controller Support.

PS4 controllers have been added last year. But, gamers with Xbox and Generic Controllers have been left out — until now.

Thanks to Steam’s latest update, native support for Xbox Controllers (and generic X-input controllers) can be used with any game within the online service. As well, no more 3rd party mapping software to meddle with!!

For games that include controller support, Steam will by automatically recommend buttons for actions that are best suited for the controller. If your multi-button, thumb rotating, gamer tech is not supported by the chosen game, you can now map buttons for your modifying pleasure directly in the Steam editor.

One caveat, for now, is that you’ll need to gain access to Beta participation. Here’s how to opt in:

  • Once in Steam, choose the Account Tab in your Steam Settings.
  • Click on Change..
  • .. under the Beta participation area, choose Steam Beta Update from the drop-down.


Once that’s done, it’s time to customize your controller with these steps:

  • Enter Big Picture mode
  • Choose Controller Settings Tab in the Settings menu.
  • Check enable configuration.
  • Choose Your Game.
  • Select Manage Game.
  • Navigate to Controller Configuration.
  • Go nuts. Get crazy. Customize.

Check out the Steam Community and to learn all updates (including Linux Love and Controller Support) wrapped up in Steam’s latest features here.

Elijah Drown

Elijah lives in Canada and spends his spare time hosting the Nerdy By Nature Podcast, grabbing new friends to join GWW, playing board games, cycling, or playing a Barb in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Sitting down is not his forte as keeping busy started with three kids (2 boys and a girl). He grew up along side the PC and spent countless hours playing multiplayer Quake with a 9600 baud modem (despite the lag). These days, Steam is his favourite place to play online, along with Forza Horizon on XBOX Live (when his oldest son lets him play).

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