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Can I Use A Controller On PC

Support for a controller on PC has been a long awaited feature and is due to arrive in Patch 2.2 along with the Orsinium DLC.

You will be able to use a controller that supports XInput, such as an XBox One controller, while playing the PC version of the game!

To activate controller mode head to Settings and Game Play Settings to plug in your controller. ESO should detect the controller and switch to controller mode allowing you to experience a console like user interface. The keyboard will continue to work for chat, etc. There will also be an updated API to allow AddOn developers to develop controller specific AddOns. You can switch back to the normal interface by pressing Escape or navigating to Game Play Settings.

At this time controllers are not supported on the Mac ESO client.

Rating: 3.9/5. From 11 votes.
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  • alinioy
    Aug 31, 2017

    seems like my game doesn’t see the controller, like, at all. so I used this preset to play ESO:
    idk, worked great.

  • Taqqee
    Mar 26, 2019

    I just purchased ESO (3-20-2019)and a Xinput capable controller for my PC. However I am have trouble getting the game to recognize the controller. Someone please help.

  • swarthos
    Nov 14, 2019

    This doesn’t seem to work.. I’m using an official xbox/Microsoft controller/gamepad. I have it plugged in and it works for all other games except for ESO. I’ve gone to all the sub menus built into the game (controller etc.) told it to use default gamepad input… nothing. Doesn’t work.

  • Shaun Deely
    Nov 20, 2019

    Same as swarthos. I just purchased an xbox controller with Win10adaptor, plugged in, set up – and nothing.

    It works fine in windows, pulls up the game hub, allows me to select ESO – but will not, nuh- huh, no how no way, let me “play”. If I open ESO tusing the shortcut then try to play its like a duck with concrete feet trying to swim – nothing, nada, just the sinking feeling that I wasted $25 on the controller and 3 years of $77.38 every quarter to get here 🙁

  • Kristi
    Jan 21, 2020

    Same here, controller works fine every other game. Anyone have a solution?

  • Carole Kirsch
    Feb 25, 2020

    After today’s maintenance not able to use my controller

  • Sahwen Uigeadail
    Mar 19, 2020

    Same exact problem. Why isnt anyone responding to deal with the issue? Even ESO support has been completely unhelpful.
    Also, my track pad settings for my KB controls are super sensitive and difficult to control. Anyone know how to adjust that?


  • Lloyd
    Mar 24, 2020

    Same here OK ESO fix this!!!

  • Wendell Matthew
    Apr 3, 2020

    Okay so I found a fix.

    Log in to your character
    Go to settings
    Click gameplay
    Scoll down to gamepad
    Turn gamepad mode on.

  • Earl
    Apr 14, 2020

    Thanks wendell!!! Worked perfect

  • M.Giel
    Apr 15, 2020

    I have a steelseries nimbus gamepad and tried what Wendel Matthew suggested but no luck. It does not work.

  • BearOverThereGaming
    Aug 13, 2020

    Thank you…works perfectly.

  • Joanna
    Sep 2, 2020

    I tried Wendell’s suggestion but there’s no gamepad option to toggle.

  • Daniel
    Mar 13, 2022

    If you are playing ESO from Steam you may also need to set up the controller on steam 1st. Steam >Settings>Controller.
    I had to do this for Elden Ring.


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