Steam Controller with Unity15 Jun 2017
My current Unity game is a 4 player couch game. It’s a turn based ball game, where each player tries to knock another player’s ball into a hole. Whose turn it is to control the ball is of course decided by a virtual match of rock paper scissor. The input device each player will use is therefore a game controller. Unfortunately, I only have Steam controllers, which turned out to be a bit harder to use with the Unity Editor, because the Steam controller works best within the Steam application. It is, however, possible to make them work as gamepads inside the Unity Editor.
The trick is to add Unity as a non-Steam game to your Steam library.
Use Steam Controller in Unity Editor Recipe
1. Add Unity to your Steam library
- Open Steam
- Find Games in the Menu bar.
Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library...
- A browser will appear. Here you can either scroll to find Unity in the list of programs, or browse to find Unity. On Windows, Unity is often located at
2. Configure the Steam Controller
- After you’ve added Unity to your Steam library, open
- Make sure your Steam controller is on, and connected to Steam.
- Find Unity in the library, and open it.
- Then, open
- Change the controller configuration to
Gamepad. The configuration can be found in
3. Open Unity from Steam
- Then you’re done. You are now able to use your Steam Controller as a regular joystick input device inside the Unity Editor. Just remember to open Unity from your Steam library.