Next Steam Update Adds Native Support for Xbox and Generic Controllers for All Games

While we previously reported on Valve adding support for non-Steam controllers like the DualShock 4, the company has now added native support for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Generic X-Input controllers to the Steam beta client. This means you can use any third-party X-Input controller on any Steam game, and this includes third party PlayStation 4 pads, even fight sticks.

“Added Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Generic X-Input controller configurator support,” the patch notes for the latest Steam client beta read. “This allows all recognized controller types to use the advanced mapping features of the Steam Controller Configurator.”

“Note that because X-Input currently lacks per-controller means of unique identification, all controllers of that type will share personalization and configuration settings. As they share the same inputs, Xbox 360/One/Generic controllers will all see each-others configurations when browsing. Automatic conversion will be attempted when loading configurations from other controller types.” 

This is a welcome change as many users have been wanting to use third-party, PlayStation 4-controllers with Steam’s built-in controller mapper, over Xbox One or Xbox 360 controllers (which are natively supported in Windows).

A date for when the new controller support will enter full release was not given, but it took roughly a month for DualShock 4 support to enter full release. We’ll keep you guys posted.

Brandon Orselli


Owner and Publisher at Niche Gamer and Nicchiban. Outlaw fighting for a better game industry. Pronouns: Patriarch, Guido, Olive.

  1. Fenrir007
    January 8, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Steam, as usual, continues adding value to their client. If only their competitors took note and did similar things.

  2. Dom The Elegy
    Dom The Elegy
    January 8, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Meanwhile Killer Instinct on PC doesn’t even support arcade sticks.

  3. NuclearCherries
    January 8, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Fantastic news, especially with the rising number of JRPGs on the service.

  4. Luis Diaz
    Luis Diaz
    January 8, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Yep. Haven’t touched my PS4 since I got my Alienware Alpha.

  5. Firion Hope
    Firion Hope
    January 8, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    I really want them to add Dualshock 3 compatibility

  6. Will3316
    January 8, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Does this mean I can play Arkham Asylum with my PS4 controller?

  7. gwadahunter2222
    January 8, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    The dual shock 4 compatibility is already implemented so theoretically yes.

  8. Shad
    January 9, 2017 at 2:42 am

    It supports the mad catz Xbox one fightstick.

  9. catazxy
    January 9, 2017 at 4:04 am

    I can already use my DS4 on steam, and with ds4windows you can use the touchpad too, I don’t expect the official support to allow that, and thats a shame.

  10. fn noobee
    fn noobee
    January 9, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Wait… People actually bought those things? I made a dual boot Steam Machine that I built myself, but when it failed to pick up any… Well, steam, I wiped the 2nd drive and used it as a storage hard drive for recording video streaming. My local GameStop actually had to knock 50 percent off the price (from $750 to $375 for the i7 & 860m variant) to sell them after Christmas and they still weren’t moving.

  11. Dom The Elegy
    Dom The Elegy
    January 9, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Doesn’t support my stick and many many others and because of the ass backwards Win10 shop there isn’t even a proper workaround. Absolute clownshoes.

  12. Neojames82
    January 9, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Yeah…how’s that Win 10 Store (aka GFWL 2.0) working out for you Microsoft?

  13. Luis Diaz
    Luis Diaz
    January 9, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I actually got it from Amazon used for about $300, and it works really well. Games perform/look better than on PS4, and it has a wider library of games than PSN.

  14. fn noobee
    fn noobee
    January 9, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Yeah, at that price range I could see getting it, but many of the machines/rigs they were selling were overpriced for the most part and many of them had Win10 installed on them which made them… Irrelevant.

  15. Luis Diaz
    Luis Diaz
    January 9, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Since it was cheap, I saw it as a way to dip my toes into PC gaming. I think I might build my next rig.

  16. Dom The Elegy
    Dom The Elegy
    January 9, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I hope this shit won’t take 7 years to kill.

  17. Neojames82
    January 9, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Well they had the good sense of putting Quantum Break on Steam, maybe they’ll follow suit with the other Win 10 store exclusives.

  18. Hoploo
    January 9, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Because it adds Generic Xinput support, you should be able to use the DS3 as long as you can translate it to Xinput, which shouldn’t be that hard to do.

  19. catazxy
    January 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    download ds4windows and you can play anything on pc…

  20. Dom The Elegy
    Dom The Elegy
    January 10, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Wasn’t the Steam version even more fucked up than the original PC release?

  21. Neojames82
    January 10, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Have no clue…doesn’t matter for me since I don’t care for the game.