Although an Xbox One Wireless controller offers the most optimal button layout for gamers, it's not the perfect configuration that will work for every game. Sometimes, the required configuration will depend upon the game or personal preference, which is one of the reasons gamers have to have a way to remap the buttons on a controller.
While you can choose from a number of third-party tools on Windows 10, Microsoft has created the Xbox Accessories app to give gamers an easy way to remap virtually every aspect of a standard and Elite Xbox One Wireless controllers.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the easy steps to customize your Xbox One Wireless controller by remapping its buttons when playing games on your PC.
How to remap the Xbox One controller buttons
In order to remap the buttons of your Xbox One controller, you'll need to follow these steps on Windows 10:
- Install the Xbox Accessories apps from the Microsoft Store by clicking the Get button.
- Open the Xbox Accessories app.
- Connect your Xbox One Wireless controller to your PC using a USB cable, Xbox One Wireless USB adapter, or Bluetooth (if supported).
In the "Xbox Accessories app," click the Configure button. (After clicking this button, you may be prompted to login to your Xbox Live account.)
Click the Button mapping button.
Using the drop-down menu, select the button you want to change.
Using the "Map to" drop-down menu, select the button you want to map to.
Alternatively, while in the button mapping experience, you can also remap buttons by pressing and holding the button, stick, or triggers, and then pressing the button you want to map it to.
In addition to remapping buttons, you'll also find a number of options to quickly swap sticks and triggers to make left operate like the right. You can invert the Y-axis for the left and right sticks so that pushing the stick up or down the action will be down or up. And you can even turn on or off the controller's vibration feature.
At any time, you can revert the original settings by clicking the Restore original button in the configuration page.
While the Xbox Accessories app makes the button remapping process easy, remember that it only works with the Xbox One standard and Elite controllers. You can't use it to remap other controllers or keyboard.
If you have an Xbox Elite Wireless controller, you'll get even more options. For example, you'll get the ability to store up to 256 different configurations and save two of them on the controller itself. Options to fully customize buttons and paddles with the option to assign the same action to multiple buttons. Also, you can select the sensitivity curve for the movement of the sticks, four vibration sliders to adjust the controller feedback, and you can even change the brightness of the Xbox button on the controller.
More Windows 10 resources
For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:
- Windows 10 on Windows Central – All you need to know
- Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks
- Windows 10 forums on Windows Central
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