Is there a problem with the Elden Ring controller? Fix now!

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Steam users are reporting controller difficulties very soon after the game’s release.

Elden Ring’s PC version appears to have several controller recognition difficulties. Several players on the game’s official subreddit, in the Steam forums, and one Gaminguy crew have hit a brick wall trying to get the game to accept controller inputs, and users are suggesting several possible fixes.

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It’s still unclear what’s causing the problem, but it doesn’t appear to be caused by any one controller in particular. While our editor-in-chief Evan Lahti’s wired Xbox One controller was broken, senior editor Tyler Wilde’s wireless Xbox One controller worked well. Dozens of users have reported troubles with Xbox and PlayStation controllers on the Steam forum.

Try these solutions if your controller isn’t working in Elden Ring

While there aren’t many options right now, there are a handful that have proven to be effective.

According to Twitter user iBDWSSBM, the only option that has worked for us is to deactivate Vjoy, a virtual joystick programme that is used to install controller drivers for steering wheels or fighting game joysticks. This is what ultimately worked for Evan after trying a variety of other options, but if you’ve never used Vjoy or a similar virtual joystick programme before, this will certainly not work for you.

According to Reddit user anilisfaitnesto, turning on “Xbox Configuration Support” and “Generic Gamepad Configuration Support” (found in Steam > Settings > General Controller Settings) can fix the problem, but this did not work for me.

Coach Z 1212 also recommends unplugging your mouse and keyboard before starting the game, claiming that Elden Ring only registers the “initial” input it encounters. Some people claim that this method worked for them.

One person also alleges that their plugged-in keypad was interfering with Elden Ring’s ability to detect their controller. Although this is a unique situation, several people have reported that it worked for them.

Basically, there are a lot of strange answers to an increasingly frequent problem out there, and none of them appear to be the panacea, at least not yet. More potential solutions will be added to this page as they become available.

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