How to Connect Xbox One Controller to Steam

Introduction

Steam has worked hard to make its platform more controller friendly. As a result, you can use your Xbox One controller to play Steam games, and you can even put Steam in Big Picture Mode to launch a Steam interface designed to be navigated with a controller. There are, however, some caveats to keep in mind. First, your Xbox One controller has to be wired to your computer using a micro USB cable, and second, you have to remember that not all Steam games offer controller support. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below. You can also check out my other articles to learn how to connect your Xbox One controller to an iPhone, or how to connect your Xbox One controller to Android. Alternatively, I have another post that shows you how to connect your PS5 DualSense controller to Steam.

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Steps to Connect Xbox One Controller to Steam

  1. Connect your Xbox One controller to your computer using a micro USB cable, and then launch the Steam application on your computer. You’ll land on your Steam home screen.
  2. Click “View” in the menu along the top of your screen to open a drop-down menu, and then click “Big Picture Mode” in the drop-down menu. The Big Picture Mode version of Steam opens on your computer.
  3. Click “Settings” in the upper right corner of the screen. The Settings screen appears.
  4. Click “Controller Settings” in the Controller section. The Controller Settings screen is displayed.
  5. Click to place a check mark in the box next to “Xbox Configuration Support.” Additionally, you should also see your Xbox One controller in the list of detected controllers. You can now automatically start using your Xbox One controller to navigate Steam, and to play games on Steam that support the use of controllers.

Reasons to Connect Your Xbox One Controller to Steam

1. Compatibility

The Xbox One controller is a popular choice for gamers who prefer playing with gamepads. Steam, on the other hand, is a massive platform that supports a wide range of games. By connecting your Xbox One controller to Steam, you can take advantage of this compatibility to play your favorite games seamlessly. Whether you’re playing a classic game or a new release, you can enjoy it with ease, thanks to the Xbox One controller’s compatibility with Steam.

2. Comfort

Gaming should be fun, but it can be frustrating if you’re not comfortable. The Xbox One controller is designed to be comfortable, with an ergonomic design that fits well in your hands. When you connect your Xbox One controller to Steam, you can play your favorite games in a way that feels more natural to you. This is especially true if you’re used to playing with a gamepad. The Xbox One controller’s comfort factor is a big reason why many gamers choose it over other game controllers.

3. Customization

Customization is a big part of gaming, and the Xbox One controller is no exception. Steam offers a range of customization options for the Xbox One controller, including the ability to create custom button mappings, adjust the sensitivity of the controller, and more. When you connect your Xbox One controller to Steam, you can take advantage of these customization options to create a gaming experience that’s tailored to your preferences. This can be a big advantage if you’re looking to fine-tune your gameplay or if you have specific requirements for how you play.

4. Wireless Connectivity

Gaming isn’t just about sitting in front of a computer screen. Many gamers prefer playing on a large TV or sitting further away from their computer. When you connect your Xbox One controller to Steam, you can take advantage of the controller’s Bluetooth connectivity to play games wirelessly. This gives you the freedom to play games from the comfort of your couch, without being tethered to your computer. This can be particularly useful for games that require a lot of movement or for multiplayer games where you need to be able to move around freely.

5. Multiplayer Gaming

Playing games with friends and family is one of the most enjoyable aspects of gaming. Many games on Steam support local multiplayer, which means you can play with multiple controllers. When you connect your Xbox One controller to Steam, you can join in on the fun with ease. The Xbox One controller’s compatibility with Steam means you can take advantage of local multiplayer games and play with your friends and family using multiple controllers. This can be a great way to spend time with loved ones and enjoy some friendly competition.

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