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Elden Ring: How to Fix Controller Not Working on PC

Is your controller not working when playing Elden Ring on PC? Thankfully, there’s a fix for this all-too-common issue.

Although Elden Ring is fully playable on mouse and keyboard, only the most hardcore of PC players will want to use that control scheme.

For most other players, Elden Ring is a game best suited to controllers. Which makes it all the more frustrating to see that gamepads don’t work as intended on the platform – at least without a bit of fiddling.

Fans should also check out how to boost frame rate and stop FPS drops on PC. It turns out that Elden Ring is a better experience on console right now.

Elden Ring Two horses collide

How to Make Controller Work on Elden Ring PC Version

If you’re looking to alleviate your controller issues on Elden Ring for PC, here are a few fixes you need to try.

  • Some users report that launching Elden Ring in Steam Big Picture mode fixed their controller issues.
  • You can also right-click the game and open Properties, before enabling Steam Input to ensure your controller is detected.
  • Unplug all other controllers, fight sticks, and third-party accessories when booting up Elden Ring.
  • Uninstall vJoy joystick driver if you detect it running in Task Manager. Alternatively, install a third-party program such as DS4Windows to translate your controller input into Xinput.
  • Disable Steam overlay in its Settings – In-Game options.
  • Restart your computer.

It’s a shame that PC players are getting the short end of the stick so far with Elden Ring. Several reviewers even made the switch to console due to the game’s poor performance.

Once you’re all up and running, be sure you know where to go and what to do first in Limgrave! After all, the FromSoftware title certainly doesn’t hold your hand early on.

Elden Ring Cinematic

If you want to level up fast and get strong enough to fight back, we even know the best place to farm runes in Elden Ring. Why not give yourself an early advantage?

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Eddie

Saturday 26th of February 2022

Thank you!!! This fixed my problem with my Xbox controller not being recognized my elden ring perfectly!

Ahmed

Saturday 26th of February 2022

I fixed this issue by disabling the Steam Controller feature. Now I can play Elden Ring using my Xbox controller. Steam -- Settings -- Controller -- General Controller Settings -- uncheck all boxes. Enjoy!

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