Improving the out of the box game controller experience

Shane Fagan shanepatrickfagan at
Fri Oct 11 18:34:31 UTC 2013

Hey Jorge,

I tested out the xbox controller with steam and big picture about a month
ago and found an interesting bug. The controller worked fine with both big
picture and the games themselves but if you use the controller with a game
that was launched from big picture it crashed X11 im pretty sure. So there
is some weird interaction there. Could you (or anyone else for that matter)
reproduce that bug? Im running the xorg edgers ppa in 13.04 and xpad.


On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 6:18 PM, Jorge O. Castro <jorge at> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> With Steam bringing in the game devs I've been working on a dedicated
> game machine. Since there's some new attention in this area I thought
> I'd bring the experience to the list. I was thinking that we could
> probably do a better job supporting game controllers out of the box:
> The Xbox controller was relatively straightforward (I can't comment on
> the PS3 as I don't have the hardware), but it's still not usable to
> normal people. I was wondering if someone would be interested in
> working on software-properties-gtk to make it so when someone plugs in
> either controller the user is prompted to install the right software
> and it all just works.
> As it happens I have a spare Xbox controller and cable that I can mail
> to someone. There are some other minor issues as well, like
> blacklisting xpad and xboxdrv needs an upstart job, but it doesn't
> seem overly complex.
> I'm sure we can drum up some support for getting a developer a PS3
> controller if they're interested in fixing those controllers too.
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> Jorge Castro
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