Xbox 360 controller compatibility

Roderick Colenbrander thunderbird2k at
Sun Mar 20 15:40:21 CDT 2011

On Sun, Mar 20, 2011 at 1:26 PM, Alesh Slovak <aleshslovak at> wrote:
> On 21 March 2011 00:21, Vitaliy Margolen <wine-devel at> wrote:
>> On 03/20/2011 08:20 AM, Alesh Slovak wrote:
>>> I am interested in getting the Xbox 360 controller working in wine.
>> You'll need to implement xinput*.dll which is an empty stub in Wine.
> Do you know if there has been any previous effort that I can take a look
> at/use as a starting point? I found lots of references to such efforts, but
> they all seemed to fizzle out and there was never any code.

There are some patches still around (would have to look them up) and
they work. The xinput API is very trivial. Essentially there is only
one real call there and that's to poll the device. The API is not so
nice though, because xinput was written in such a way that you can add
a controller whenever you want throughout the lifetime of the game.
The also 'nice' thing is that when you plug in a second controller, it
may actually become the 'first' controller (there is no guarantee) and
the first would become the second. A correct implementation would
're-probe' for joysticks every 'poll' command :(


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