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Path of Exile, the free to play ARPG from Grinding Gear Games, is getting close to releasing the Sentinel update and along with masses of gameplay additions — controller support will leave Beta.

With controller / gamepad support all hooked up fully, this should give a much better experience for players on the Steam Deck. Main controller changes include (full patch notes):

  • Controller Support for Path of Exile is no longer in Beta.
  • Added support for DualShock 4 Controllers.
  • Added PvP Support for controllers.
  • It is now possible to manually select a controller to use under the Input Options if there are multiple controllers connected.
  • It is now possible to navigate to and select Private Leagues and Events in the Character Selection Menu with a controller.
  • It is now possible to navigate and interact with the chat window when using a controller.
  • Attempting to load an Item Filter when using a controller will now output success or failure messages to the chat window.

The update is due to launch on May 13, 2022 and I'll be sure to take a look at how it runs on both the Steam Deck and desktop Linux around the time.

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3 comments

herc 6 May
It's quite amazing how the Steam Deck has, in such a short time, changed so many things. I'm pretty sure controller support would have taken quite a bit longer to be implemented into Path of Exile if it wasn't for the Steam Deck arriving.

For several leagues I have been playing the game with the Steam Controller, streaming the game to my TV with a Raspberry Pi and the Steam Link app. I'm looking forward to playing the new Sentinel league on my Steam Deck =)
Derheim 6 May
Quoting: hercIt's quite amazing how the Steam Deck has, in such a short time, changed so many things. I'm pretty sure controller support would have taken quite a bit longer to be implemented into Path of Exile if it wasn't for the Steam Deck arriving.

For several leagues I have been playing the game with the Steam Controller, streaming the game to my TV with a Raspberry Pi and the Steam Link app. I'm looking forward to playing the new Sentinel league on my Steam Deck =)

Same here,

I've been streaming through sunshine + moonlight, and is really nice to play Path of Exile on the couch.
anewson 6 May
PoE is a great game. Zen flow-state gaming, criminally generous f2p model, 10 years of content, and fantastic linux performance.

If you have any love for aRPGs, you should definitely give it a go.
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