Setup the Xbox One controller for Linux Mint 18.3

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Update (February 3rd 2019)

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Brütal Legend (Steam multi-platform and DRM-free)
Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition (Steam Windows only)
Jotun (Steam multi-platform)
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Final Edition (Steam Windows only)

 

Hey everyone. Klebs here and today, I’ll show you how to setup an Xbox One controller for Linux Mint 18.3.

I’d like to point out that at the time of this writing, I haven’t yet found a way to make the controller work in wireless mode with the official USB wireless dongle. I’m also aware of its Bluetooth capability although this only applies to the 3rd revision of the controllers that were made available in 2016 while mine were bought before that period.

Getting Started

First of all, I’d like to thank Pavel Rojtberg for developing this driver on GitHub because without him, this wouldn’t have been possible.


Source: iPhone, Tigerfog

Since the controller needs to be plugged in to work, only that and a USB-to-MicroUSB cable are required. AA batteries and the USB wireless dongle won’t be needed.

Before installing the driver, it’s important to make sure Linux is up-to-date by entering this command line in the terminal:

sudo apt update

It’s also possible to take a step further in the update process by using this command line instead:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Installing the Xpad driver

In case this hasn’t been done already, make sure these components are installed:

sudo apt install git dkms joystick jstest-gtk

To download and install the driver, enter the following command lines:

sudo git clone https://github.com/paroj/xpad.git /usr/src/xpad-0.4
sudo dkms install -m xpad -v 0.4

Testing the controller in general

Testing the controller with a native Linux version of a game on Steam


Source: iPhone, Tigerfog

For the test under the Linux client of Steam, I chose Brütal Legend and it worked right away.

Testing the controller with a native DRM-free Linux version of a game


Source: iPhone, Tigerfog

For the test of a DRM-free game, I chose Jotun from my GOG library and it worked right away.

Testing the controller with a Windows version of a game on Steam using Proton


Source: iPhone, Tigerfog

For the test of a Windows game under the Linux client of Steam using the Proton feature, I chose Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition and The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Final Edition and both worked right away.

Updating the Xpad driver

It’s good practice to visit the GitHub project page once in a while to check for updates.
In case a newer version is available, here are the steps to proceed with the update:

cd /usr/src/xpad-0.4
sudo git fetch
sudo git checkout origin/master
sudo dkms remove -m xpad -v 0.4 –all
sudo dkms install -m xpad -v 0.4

Deleting the Xpad driver

It’s also possible to delete the driver by entering the following:

sudo dkms remove -m xpad -v 0.4 –all
sudo rm -rf /usr/src/xpad-0.4

Conclusion

Although I’d rather use the controller in wireless mode like I used to do on Windows, I don’t think it’s worth it to replace my old controllers with the newer ones because mine still work just fine. Moreover, I’ve been told using the 3rd revision controller in Bluetooth mode isn’t without its issues. Therefore I’ll keep plugging mine in until a better solution is made available.

Questions? Comments? Let me know, thanks for reading and laters.

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