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How to get steam games to detect your controller

To detect or not to detect.

I recently tried playing War Thunder on Linux and had an issue with the game not detecting my Thrustmaster T-Flight H.O.T.A.S X. I also had a similar problem on Windows 10. The fix is the same for both, as it is an issue within Steams settings.

Steam Controller Settings

Steam Controller Settings

To get to the Steam controller settings first, go to the top left Where it says Steamand click on settings. You then click on Controller to highlight controller from there you go click on The top option which is general controller settings. Once inside make sure to check the box for generic game-pad configuration support.

Generic game-pad configuration support

Doing this will allow you to configure controller support on a per-game basis. What you need to do next is go to the game that is not detecting your controller in my case War Thunder and change the steam input per game setting to force on.

Game Properties

To do this you go to your Steam library and right-click the game in question and click on properties.

Steam Input Per-Game Setting

Midway down the general tab, you will find the Steam Input Per-Game Setting. Change this setting to Force On and bingo bango the next time you load your game, your controller should be recognized. 

Once you have loaded the game and it has detected your controller log back out of the game and return the settings to how they were. Go back in and uncheck generic game-pad controller support in steam and then return the per-game settings in the effected game to use global settings. Load the affected game up once more, and it should again detect your controller. If you don’t do this last step, the games that already detect your controller may no longer be able to detect it.

This fix works on any Steam game that is not detecting your controller. Most Steam games already work great out of the box thanks to Valves’ efforts to get all games on Steam working with controllers.

Having issues getting a game to detect your controller? Leave a comment below or better yet, head to our forums, and we will do our best to help get you up and going.

Charles Leverehttps://www.riverbankwebdesign.ca/
Charles Levere is the editor-in-chief (dork-in-chief) of Urban Dork. When he is not writing or tinkering with hardware, he is most likely playing one of his favorite video games. He also loves being near the water, kayaking, water skiing, or anything that gets him on the water and in the sun.


  1. Trying to get the Hotas 4 to work with Star Wars Squadrons, has options for flight stick when i turn it to forced off but doesnt show the flight stick to select it. If i turn to forced on it doesnt show anything.


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