How to Connect the Xbox Controller to Steam Deck

Want to control your Steam Deck through Xbox Controller? Learn the necessary steps to Connect the Xbox Controller to Steam Deck, and enhance your gaming experience.

Whether you have bought a new Xbox Controller or want to connect an old controller to your Steam Deck, it isn’t difficult to connect the Xbox Controller to Steam Deck. You are in luck, most Xbox Controllers available have wireless connectivity options which makes the connection process all the more convenient.

Connecting a Xbox Controller to Steam Deck is fairly a seamless integration. Minimal tinkering is required to get the desired results.

in the article below, I have explained the step-by-step procedure you have to follow to connect the Xbox Controller to Steam Deck and the necessary troubleshooters you can follow if you are facing issues while pairing the devices.

How to Connect the Xbox Controller to Steam Deck

How to setup Xbox Controller to Steam Deck

Wireless pairing is one of the most convenient ways you can connect the Xbox Controller to Steam Deck. here are the four easy steps you have to follow to get your job done.

  • Switch on “Bluetooth” on Steam deck
  • Put the Xbox Controller on pairing mode 
  • Connect the Xbox Controller to Steam Deck 

Let’s go through these steps in detail:

Step 1: Switch on “Bluetooth” on Steam deck

Place your Xbox Controller near your Steam Deck, now to switch on the Bluetooth function on your Steam Deck, click on the “Steam” button on your deck.

A menu will appear on your screen with a list of options, from those options, locate and click on “Settings.”

Select the Bluetooth option.

And enable the Bluetooth option.

Step 2: Put the Xbox Controller on pairing mode 

Now take your Xbox Controller, and switch it on. 

To switch on your Controller, click on the power button located at the top. Once the LED light flashes, your Xbox Controller is switched on.

Now at the head of the controller, locate the Bluetooth button and press it. Once the LED light on the controller starts flashing rapidly your Xbox is ready to pair. 

Step 3: Connect the Xbox Controller to Steam Deck 

Now, when you have put both your devices on pairing mode, go back to your Steam deck.

Under the “searching for devices” option, you should find your Xbox Controller, and click on it.

Wait for a few seconds, and your controller will connect to your Steam Deck.

Now you can control your Steam Deck using your Xbox Controller, you can play games as well as manage your Steam Deck.

Can’t Connect the Xbox Controller to Steam Deck: Try These Solutions 

If you have tried to connect the Xbox Controller to Steam Deck but failed to do so or your Controller disconnects automatically, then try these troubleshooters to fix the variety of issues you might be facing.

Replace your batteries

If it has been a long time since you last changed the batteries of your Xbox Controller, buy fresh batteries to replace the old ones.

Also, ensure you are placing them correctly in the controller.

Power cycle your Controller 

Many times the connection issues can be easily solved by power cycling your Xbox Controller. To power cycle your Controller:

Press and hold the power button at the top of your Xbox Controller for 5-10 seconds, until you have switched it off completely.

Wait a few seconds, press the power button again, and switch your controller back again.

Update your Xbox Controller

If your Xbox Controller isn’t up to date, you might have trouble connecting it to your Steam Deck. Try updating it to fix the issue. Here’s how you can do it:

How to Update Xbox Controller

  1. Connect your Xbox Controller to your console.
  2. Press the Xbox button on your console to open the guide.
  3. Go to profile and system, and select “Settings.”
  4. Go to Devices and Connection, and select “Accessories.”
  5. On the Xbox Wireless Controller screen, select “…” to check the firmware version for your controller.

If an update is available, follow the steps to update your Xbox Controller.

Conclusion 

With that, we are at the end of the article. I hope now you know how you can connect the Xbox Controller to Steam Deck.

If you still have doubts or thoughts on the article, you can share them with us in the comment section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I connect the Xbox controller to Steam Deck?

There are multiple reasons why your Controller isn’t connecting to your Steam Deck. some of those are as follows:
You are using old and outdated batteries.
The Xbox Controller isn’t updated.

How much does the Steam Deck cost?

The Steam Deck is available in three versions, each with a different price. It’s $399 for the 64GB model, $529 for the 256GB version, and $649 for a 512GB Steam Deck.

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