Microsoft enables Xbox controller remapping on Windows 10

Sometimes a game may not have the best layout or it might come down to personal preference. No matter what the reasons, being able to change the configuration of a controller is important in modern gaming. The Xbox One has had the ability to customize buttons on a normal controller for a while now but Windows 10 users weren't given the option. While there are always other third-party programs you can download which allow you to accomplish the same task, native support is still preferred over potentially dangerous changes.

However, that's not the case anymore because today Microsoft gave Windows 10 gamers the option through the Xbox Accessories application. As seen in the screenshot, not only can you change the buttons around, but you can also swap thumbsticks, swap triggers, invert axes, and do so much more.

For example, swapping thumbsticks and triggers means that left-handed gamers can also have a great experience. Usually when you're playing shooters, pressing the "shoot" trigger is something you do with the dominant hand. Aiming down sights is relegated to the other. Not all games provide deep customization when it comes to controls to this can be an issue for many gamers.

Even though it took this long to enable on Windows 10, it's great to see Microsoft giving users the ability to do so eventually. Hopefully other popular features won't take months upon months to arrive in the future.

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Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

  • Does this work with Microsoft's WinMR controllers as well or are we going to have to wait an age again before MS cotton on to the need?
  • From my understanding it just works on the Xbox controller.
  • Yea it should be just the Xbox one controllers.
  • This is great! Now if they'd integrate keyboard and mouse mapping to the controller we'd be able to have a native solution to replace Xpadder.
  • Because why not 😃
  • I'd like to lower/turn off the controller's LED. It's pretty annoying in dark environments.
  • There is no universe where I infest my PC with a stupid controller.  NONE.
  • Have you tried playing fighting games with a keyboard?? Some games just play nicer with a controller than keyboard and mouse. So, I wouldn't call a controller and infestation. 
  • Also platformer, action game, those traditional console genre.
  • Then just don't use it??
  • It's ridiculous that Windows still has no true native controller support. For all controllers. It's silly that to be able to pick your preferred controller you have to deal with third party apps, because Microsoft is unwilling to do anything with third party controllers. It can't be as hard as they make it appear.
  • Native support? You plug in your favorite controller and if driver is submitted... it'll just work right?
  • Pretty sure they've had this under the Xbox Accessories app
  • So... For the uninformed... Here's a link to the app being mentioned: A bit odd that it was not in the article ;)