How do I use a game controller on Steam?

Answered by Jason Smith

To use a game controller on Steam, you will need to enable the Steam Controller Configuration. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

1. Open the Steam client on your computer and click on the Steam menu tab located at the top left corner of the screen.

2. From the dropdown menu, select “Settings” to open the Steam Settings window.

3. In the Settings window, you will see a list of categories on the left-hand side. Look for and click on the “Controller” category.

4. Once you’ve clicked on the Controller category, the main settings for controllers will appear on the right-hand side of the window.

5. In this section, you will find a checkbox labeled “General Controller Settings.” Make sure to place a checkmark in this box to enable the Steam Controller Configuration for your gamepad.

6. Now, it’s time to configure your specific controller. Connect your gamepad to your computer using a USB cable or via Bluetooth, depending on the controller’s capabilities.

7. After connecting the controller, it should automatically be detected by Steam. You may see a notification confirming the detection.

8. If the controller is not automatically detected, you can try restarting Steam or reconnecting the controller to your computer.

9. Once your controller is recognized by Steam, it’s time to customize its settings. To do this, you’ll need to open the Steam Big Picture Mode.

10. To access Big Picture Mode, click on the icon located in the upper right-hand corner of the Steam client. It looks like a square with two arrows pointing outwards.

11. After entering Big Picture Mode, navigate to the Library tab to see your list of games. You can use the controller’s directional pad or analog sticks to move around.

12. Select the game you want to configure the controller for and press the “A” or “Enter” button on your controller to open its game page.

13. On the game page, look for the gear icon labeled “Manage Game.” Click on it to access the game’s settings.

14. In the game settings, you will find an option called “Controller Configuration.” Click on it to open the Steam Controller Configuration interface.

15. This interface allows you to customize various aspects of your controller’s behavior, such as button mapping, analog stick sensitivity, and even gyroscopic controls.

16. You can choose to use the default controller configurations provided by Steam or create your own custom configurations based on your preferences.

17. To create a custom configuration, click on the “Browse Configs” button to explore existing community-made configurations or click on the “Controller Configuration” button to start from scratch.

18. The Steam Controller Configuration interface offers a wide range of customization options. You can remap buttons, adjust sensitivity, add haptic feedback, and even create complex macros.

19. Once you’ve finished configuring your controller settings, click on the “Apply Configuration” button to save your changes.

20. Now, you can start playing your game with the newly configured controller. Steam will automatically apply your chosen configuration whenever you launch the game.

Remember, these instructions may vary slightly depending on your controller model and the version of the Steam client you are using. However, this guide should provide a general overview of how to enable and configure your game controller on Steam.