Elden Ring: Controller not Working? How to Fix the Problem

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Some players of Elden Ring have the problem that their controller is not recognized by Steam, and they can only play the role-playing game with mouse and keyboard. Guided.news now shows you how to fix the issue with the controller.

What is broken? If your controller suddenly isn’t recognized by Elden Ring anymore or not at all, you just have to follow a few steps. The problem is caused by Steam settings and prevents PlayStation and Xbox controllers from connecting. We are not aware of issues with other brands.

Elden Ring: Controller does not work on PC, this is the solution

In order to get your controller to work, you’ll need to head into the Steam settings. You can find them under “Steam” in the upper left corner of the Steam window. Here, you first have to reconfigure your controller. To do this, follow the instructions:

Controller Setup:

  1. Click on Settings and maneuver to the Controller item.
  2. Now click on general controller controls and a blue window will open up.
  3. Depending on which controller you use, check the box “Configure controller”. That’s it.

Unlock Controller Input:

  1. Go to your Steam library and right-click on Elden Ring.
  2. Go to “Properties” and then again to the item “Controller
  3. Here you will find a drop-down menu that currently says “Use Default Settings”.
  4. Select the item “Activate Steam input” from the menu.
  5. Leave the window with the drop-down menu still open!

Did it work? If you start Elden Ring now, the game should recognize your controller. If that didn’t work, here’s a simple trick: select the opposite in the drop-down menu, i.e.: “Disable Steam setting”. When it worked now, then you’re fine, and we wish you a lot of fun with Elden Ring. If not, then here’s one last step!

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Force Steam to use the controller

Still not working with the controller and Elden Ring? Alright: Start Steam in big-picture mode. If you have Steam in your taskbar, right-click on it and select “Big Picture Mode”. If this is active, go to your library, find Elden Ring and click on it.

A new menu should open up that says “Manage Game” on the left side. Here you will find the “Controller Options” option. Click on it and select the always turn on option.

UPDATE: Community finds another Solution – Try This

We have been contacted by a number of readers via Discord who were not helped by our assistance. Together with reader Abel, we set out to find a solution. Abel, who is an avid Star Citizen player in the “Explorer Germany” organization, then discovered the following solution, that worked for him and some others:

  • Remove all USB ports, except mouse & keyboard, from your device manager, then reinstall the controller as a first step.
  • Other problems can be caused by:
    • Joysticks and the software VJoy
    • Stream deck for Twitch

Still having problems? If your controller still doesn’t work, write us a comment or contact an admin in our community discord!


  1. I’ve tried all of this and it still wont work. I even tried multiple controllers and i can walk and look around with my controller but cannot use the buttons.


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