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Xbox One Controller Now Works On Linux (Without Vibration)

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With the release of a new Linux kernel, gamers now have more controller options. With the release of the stable 3.17 kernel by Linus Torvalds, the Xbox One controller is now initially supported (without vibration) under Linux.

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While this may not seem like a big deal, it actually is. I for one don't own an Xbox One, but I do have the controller, and in my time with it, it has become the best controller I have ever used. The way it fits in my hand and how tactile the buttons feel make it unparalleled in my opinion. The best part? Now we Linux gamers get to enjoy the best controller Microsoft has to offer, without having to install Windows.

I highly recommend this controller to anyone in the market for one, but of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion and preference, so please let me know what your experience is with the controller in the comments below.

Please note: The controller (for now) can only be used wired and your distro of choice has to be running on the 3.17 kernel to even use the controller.
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Purple Library Guy 9 October 2014 at 6:06 pm UTC
So, what's the whole "vibration" thing about? And, how much does it matter? And if it's a significant missing feature, anyone know what the chances are of Linux accessing it at some point?
EKRboi 9 October 2014 at 9:16 pm UTC
Purple Library GuySo, what's the whole "vibration" thing about? And, how much does it matter? And if it's a significant missing feature, anyone know what the chances are of Linux accessing it at some point?

It just means the rumble feature doesn't work, though it sounds like everything else does. I think someone else already mentioned this but MS has no reason to put up documentation for the controller, so long as it works on the XBone and with their windows driver which they make that's all they care about. So any work towards getting the controller working at all has likely been through reverse engineering. I suspect that some day it may work... though I'm honestly not sure if even the 360's controller rumble works with any consistency. Only time will tell I suppose.

The wired part is what makes it a no-go for me. I have the wireless receiver for my 360 controllers and it works with all 4 no problem with emulators on my htpc anyways. I use my DS3 via BT on my main rig for the random game I want to use it over KB/M.. which isn't many, basically flight and racing games.
Beamboom 10 October 2014 at 12:10 pm UTC
Just for the record: Rumble works on Linux with the Logitech f710 gamepad. Confirmed during my Borderlands 2 session yesterday.
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