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Valve put out a small and sweet update for Steam Deck OS (SteamOS) 3.4 Preview, which adds in support for the 8BitDo Ultimate Wireless controller dongle.

While it already worked in the Bluetooth mode, it didn't without a load of tinkering with the dedicated low-latency dongle. Nice to see Valve move quickly to support third-party pads like this. Must admit my own temptation to pick one up has increased. Seems like a nice controller, especially nice with the back paddles too.

Other additions in the update include rumble support to the built-in hid-steam controller driver and they fixed a USB crash when using certain controllers such as the Hori Fighting Stick α.

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t3g Dec 18, 2022
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: drlamb
Quoting: t3gHas anyone tried the 2.4ghz dongle with Ubuntu 22.04 or something with a newer 6.x kernel like Pop OS, Arch, or Fedora?

Yes, after flashing the beta firmware update it works in dinput/switch mode. That being said I'm still returning mine. The 2.4Ghz is nice but I cannot deal with the plastic on plastic joystick grinding I experienced on the ultimate in less than a week of use. The gulikit king kong 2 pro also has hall effect sensors AND has a metal ring around the joysticks and after using it I can't go back.
Hmm? Plastic on Plastic is almost every major controller out there though, I’ve never seen it as a problem?

Btw are you in conversation with Valve or know exactly where they are handling the Xbox controllers (xpad, udev, etc) in SteamOS? If so, are they going to upstream their changes to the Linux kernel for xpad or anything related?

I ask because I got the Ultimate 2.4gz controller today and noticed some issues where it may conflict with the 8Bitdo USB adapters. I also contacted 8bitDo support with the feedback:
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