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How to remap an xbox one controller’s buttons in windows 10

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How to remap an xbox one controller’s buttons in windows 10

Windows 10 now allows you to remap an Xbox One Controller’s buttons, just like you can remap the buttons on an Xbox One console. This feature is part of the Xbox Accessories app, which isn’t installed by default.


Unfortunately, this new remapping feature doesn’t fully eliminate the need for third-party controller remapping apps. There are a still few big limitations:

  • You can only remap the buttons on Xbox One controllers. You can’t remap other types of controllers, including the popular Xbox 360 controllers.
  • You can only remap the buttons on the controller itself to other buttons on the controller itself. This means you can’t remap controller button presses to keyboard button presses, as you can with third-party apps.

If you’re cool with those limitations, let’s get started.

How to Remap the Buttons

You’ll need the Xbox Accessories app for this. You can find it by launching the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 and searching for “Xbox Accessories.” This app also allows you to update an Xbox One controller’s firmware on Windows 10. In fact, it’s the only way to update the controller’s firmware without an Xbox One.

How to remap an xbox one controller’s buttons in windows 10

Launch the app once you’ve installed it. If you haven’t connected a controller to your PC, you’ll be prompted to connect one now. Ensure that the Xbox wireless adapter is connected to your PC and your controller is powered on. If the controller is connected via Bluetooth instead of the Xbox wireless adapter, make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your PC.

How to remap an xbox one controller’s buttons in windows 10

After the app detects your controller, click the “Configure” button below the image of the controller.

How to remap an xbox one controller’s buttons in windows 10

Click the “Button mapping” button to configure the button mapping.

If you want to undo your changes in the future, you can come back here and click the “Restore original” button to restore the buttons to their original functions.

How to remap an xbox one controller’s buttons in windows 10

This screen provides a simple interface for remapping buttons and changing other settings. For example, you can swap the sticks or triggers, making the left ones act as the right ones, and vice versa. You can also invert the Y axis (that is, the vertical or up-and-down direction) of the right or left sticks, so they’ll send an up signal when you push them down or down signal when you push them up. And, if you don’t like the vibration feature on the controller, you can disable it entirely from here rather than attempting to disable vibration in each different game you play on your PC.

How to remap an xbox one controller’s buttons in windows 10

The button remapping boxes allow you to remap the primary buttons (A, B, X, and Y), the left and right bumpers (shoulder buttons), and all four directions of the D-pad. Any of these buttons can be remapped to any of the other buttons. You can also set a button as “Unmapped,” so that it won’t do anything when you press it.

Options you set here take effect in all games and other applications on your system.

How to remap an xbox one controller’s buttons in windows 10

If you need anything more advanced—like the ability to remap controller buttons to keyboard buttons—you’ll still need a third-party application like JoyToKey or Xpadder. If you’re playing games on Steam, you can also use Steam’s Big Picture Mode configuration to remap any type of controller’s buttons, including an Xbox One or Xbox 360 controller.

No $150 ‘Elite’ controller required

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How to remap an xbox one controller’s buttons in windows 10

Apparently that Windows 10-powered Xbox One dashboard isn’t the only new software feature gamers have to look forward to. Mike Ybarra, of Microsoft’s gaming team, has revealed on Twitter that all of us will soon be able to completely remap the buttons on any Xbox One controller so that you can change what the system sees when you click the B button, for instance.

Yes, that means that you won’t need to spend $150 on that super-fancy, customizable Xbox One Elite controller to get the feature.

And that’s good news, because button remapping should have been a standard feature years ago. Not only is it convenient for anyone who wants to make a small tweak to how a game is played, but it’s a godsend for physically-impaired players. Simply put, one control scheme doesn’t fit all. And since game publishers rarely make the effort to providing meaningful control customization, it makes a whole lot of sense for console makers to just deal with the issue on their side of things. Sony did just that earlier this year when button remapping was quietly added as part of a software update.

Microsoft originally had only announced the feature alongside its costly Xbox One Elite controller. Beyond button mapping, the $150 gamepad has swappable parts for customization at a whole other level. No word on when you’ll be able to customize the controls on your Xbox One, but Ybarra says it is coming “soon.”

Microsoft’s New Xbox One Experience is less than a week old, and new features are still rolling out. The Xbox team just announced this week that they have now added the capability to remap buttons for standard Xbox One controllers.
This new capability allows gamers to alter which commands each button are tied to. The highly requested feature should be a delight to many Xbox One owners who wished they could change the layout of the controller to better suit the way they prefer to play their favorite games.
To modify the button map of your standard Xbox One controller you can head to the Xbox Accessories app. The app can be accessed a few different ways, first by opening the app from your list of apps, or through two separate menus nestled in Settings. The two paths via the Settings menu are Settings > Kinect & Devices > Devices & Accessories, or Settings > East of access > Button mapping.
The button remapping process for Standard Controllers works by swapping out buttons in pairs, trading one position for the other. In an example given by Major Nelson, “you choose to map LB to X, and then X is automatically mapped to LB.” So to perform multiple button swaps you will have to perform the remapping in sequences to get to the desired reconfiguration. Also it is important to note that any new button configuration is tied to your Xbox One, and not specifically to your controller. Meaning if you take a controller you were just using with a button remapping and connect it to a friend’s Xbox One, the button remapping won’t travel with the controller.

The new Xbox Elite Controller, however, will feature a more robust version of button mapping feature that mitigates potential problems from these two limitations of remapping on a Standard Controller. For Elite Controllers, only the A and B buttons are required to be at least somewhere on the controller. Every other button can be mapped however you desire. The Elite Controller also supports more configurations per user, configurations being stored on the controller, and cloud syncing of configurations. The bad news is, as we reported earlier, the Elite Controller is currently out of stock. So unless you pre-ordered it in the batch that ships 11/30 or the second batch that ships by 12/16, you might have to wait some time or purchase it through a new Xbox Elite bundle.
For a complete breakdown of the Xbox Accessories App with Elite vs. a Standard Controller, you can check out the diagram below provided by Major Nelson.

Does button remapping for a Standard Controller meet your needs or are you planning to get the Elite Controller for fuller customization? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

How to remap an xbox one controller’s buttons in windows 10
Serious gamers like having the ability to remap the controller to their preferences. While they’ve been able to do that on a normal controller with the Xbox One, Microsoft didn’t allow them to do that on Windows 10 which lets them use Xbox One controllers with their PCs. Gamers could use third-party apps for this purpose but now Microsoft is finally allowing them to remap Xbox controller buttons on Windows 10.

There’s native support for the controller remapping feature now which means that PC gamers who are using an Xbox controller no longer have to rely on third-party apps for this functionality.

Gamers can use the Xbox Accessories application on Windows 10 to remap the buttons on the controller. They can use the app to change the buttons, swap triggers and thumbsticks, invert axes, and more.

The Xbox Accessories app lets gamers customize their controllers. The app shows an image of the controller which always highlights their current configuration. If they’re changing a lot of buttons, they can see their new configuration all at once.

The ability to remap buttons on the Xbox controller will certainly be appreciated by gamers on PC. They can fire up the Xbox Accessories app right away and start remapping.

Owners will now be able to swap button pairs, Microsoft’s Major Nelson announced this week.

How to remap an xbox one controller’s buttons in windows 10

Owners of Microsoft’s standard Xbox One controllers will now be able to change button mapping for better control over their titles.

After downloading the new Xbox One system software that launched last week, standard controller owners can remap controller buttons in settings or via the Xbox Accessories app.

According to Major Nelson, who announced (Opens in a new window) the news on Monday, button remapping is available in pairs on standard controllers. So, if a user wants to move the left bumper to X, then X automatically goes to the left bumper button.

“You can do multiple button swaps in sequence to move button commands to where you want them to be on the controller,” Major Nelson says. “When buttons are remapped on a standard controller, the remapping is not transferrable to other consoles. In other words, if you move to another console, you’ll need to go through the remapping process again with that new console. Remapping is available for both first party wireless and third party wired controllers.”

Remapping on the standard controller is available for Xbox One for now. Microsoft will add PC support “at a later time,” according to Major Nelson.

Button remapping is one of the most desired features among hardcore gamers who may not like how a particular game’s controls operate. The feature allows users to decide for themselves where critical buttons should be on their controller and should make titles a bit easier to play.

Last month, Microsoft launched its Elite controller($299.95 at Amazon) (Opens in a new window) , which adds several customization features and a host of new capabilities, including more versatile button remapping options. The Elite controller requires only that users map the A and B buttons somewhere on the device; all others can go wherever the user wants without fear of pairing. In addition, the Elite controller allows for multiple buttons to be mapped to just one button. Unlike the Standard controller, the Elite controller’s settings are also stored internally and can be brought to another console.

For all of that—and several other upgrades, including more buttons and control over games—the Xbox One Elite goes for a whopping $150. The Standard controller is available for $60.

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