The announcement was made during this week’s Steam Client Beta update in which it’s explained that the Steam Xbox Controller driver crash has been resolved along with other fixes. To implement the features, an update on the client is needed.
- Added a setting for extended Xbox controller support. The option can be enabled in the General Controller Setting section of your Steam settings and requires a driver installation and restarting your computer.
Extended Xbox features include:
- Support for more than 4 Xbox controllers
- The ability to bind the Xbox Elite controller paddles in controller configurations
- The ability to bind the Xbox Series X controller share button in controller configurations
- Support for trigger rumble in games using Windows.Gaming.Input API
- Added a drop-down in the personalization menu for the PS5 controller player slot LED allowing the player to disable it, enable it only when multiple controllers are connected, or to enable it at all times. This setting defaults to enabling the LED only when multiple controllers are connected.
- Added support for the Wooting Two keyboard
- Non-gamepad input devices like the HOTAS and G15 are now available to games when Generic Gamepad Configuration Support is enabled in the Controller Settings.
Note: This update has been re-released with a Steam Xbox controller driver crash fix. If you have installed it and Steam has updated, you should go to the Controller Settings, click the button to update the driver, and restart your computer to get the fix.
Earlier this week an Xbox survey suggested that the company could design a new Xbox controller integrating adaptive triggers, and perhaps, haptic feedback or a touchpad. There were also reports from EuroGamer that explains the controversial decision to not design the Xbox Series X|S controller with a built-in battery like its competitor.