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Steam Controller Setup

Steam Controller Setup

Just got your Steam Controller? Check out our Controller setup tips below and get right to playing all your Steam Games.

Opt into the Steam Client Beta:

Our engineers are constantly updating the Steam Controller by releasing new features and bug fixes. Opting into the Steam Client Beta will give you access to these features before they are released to Steam’s main branch.

After opting in, click on your Operating System for tailored instructions on how to get started.

Windows

  1. Please remove the batteries and plug your Steam Controller into your host computer using the micro USB cable.
  2. Open Steam in Big Picture mode to receive firmware updates for your Steam Controller (this should happen automatically).
  3. Manually pair the Steam Controller to be used wirelessly:
    • Insert the wireless receiver into the front of your PC with clear line of sight to the controller
    • Turn your Steam Controller off and launch Big Picture Mode with your mouse and keyboard.
    • While in Big Picture Mode, select the Settings icon from the top right section of the client.
    • From here, select the Controller menu.
    • Then select Add Steam Controller and follow the on-screen pairing instructions to enter the validation code.
  4. To apply configurations from the Community or to create your own, navigate to a game in your Library from Big Picture mode
    • Select Manage Game then Controller Configuration at the top
    • This menu will only display when a controller is connected
    • Edit the input manually, or select Browse to view what is available from the Community
    • Ensure only one type of input is applied - Xinput (gamepad), or keyboard/mouse since hybrid input is rarely accepted by a game

Mac

  1. Please remove the batteries and plug your Steam Controller into your host computer using the micro USB cable.
  2. Open Steam in Big Picture mode to receive firmware updates for your Steam Controller (this should happen automatically).
  3. After the drivers and firmware are updated, you must restart your computer to finish the installation process before moving forward.
  4. Manually pair the Steam Controller to be used wirelessly:
    • Insert the wireless receiver into the front of your PC with clear line of sight to the controller
    • Turn your Steam Controller off and launch Big Picture Mode with your mouse and keyboard.
    • While in Big Picture Mode, select the Settings icon from the top right section of the client.
    • From here, select the Controller menu.
    • Then select Add Steam Controller and follow the on-screen pairing instructions to enter the validation code.
    • The Gamepad-1 listed under the controller list is normal, and is how Mac recognizes Xinput for the Steam Controller
  5. To apply configurations from the Community or to create your own, navigate to a game in your Library from Big Picture mode
    • Select Manage Game then Controller Configuration at the top
    • This menu will only display when a controller is connected
    • Edit the input manually, or select Browse to view what is available from the Community
    • Ensure only one type of input is applied - Xinput (gamepad), or keyboard/mouse since hybrid input is rarely accepted by a game

Linux

  1. Please remove the batteries and plug your Steam Controller into your host computer using the micro USB cable.
  2. Open Steam in Big Picture mode to receive firmware updates for your Steam Controller (this should happen automatically).
  3. Check that your udev rules have been updated and match those listed here.
  4. Make sure you don’t have older rules that are taking priority. If there are both /lib/udev/rules.d/99-steam-controller-perms.rules AND /etc/udev/rules.d/99-steam-controller-perms.rules, one of the two will take priority and the edits will be ignored.
  5. Manually pair the Steam Controller to be used wirelessly:
    • Insert the wireless receiver into the front of your PC with clear line of sight to the controller
    • Turn your Steam Controller off and launch Big Picture Mode with your mouse and keyboard.
    • While in Big Picture Mode, select the Settings icon from the top right section of the client.
    • From here, select the Controller menu.
    • Then select Add Steam Controller and follow the on-screen pairing instructions to enter the validation code.
  6. To apply configurations from the Community or to create your own, navigate to a game in your Library from Big Picture mode
    • Insert the wireless receiver into the front of your PC with clear line of sight to the controller
    • Turn your Steam Controller off and launch Big Picture Mode with your mouse and keyboard.
    • While in Big Picture Mode, select the Settings icon from the top right section of the client.
    • From here, select the Controller menu.
    • Then select Add Steam Controller and follow the on-screen pairing instructions to enter the validation code.

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