There are a few co-op games I'd like to play with family/friends, but since it's not possible to use separate machines for all games and they do support controllers, I would like to allow the second player to use the controller (there is only one in the house, a wired Xbox 360 controller). But the problem with that is that most games force controller #1 to be player #1, but the keyboard and mouse would also be player #1. Thus, the controller and keyboard will be fighting to control the same player.

I have no idea if this will allow me to play local co-op games with only one controller, but if I could force the controller to become controller #2, I could at least experiment game-by-game what would work with that.

So can I, in Linux (Ubuntu 16.10 or Debian Stretch), force a single wired Xbox controller to be controller #2?

  • I have no problems doing this with Screencheat, is there a specific game you have an issue with?
    – Angzuril
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 19:08
  • Portal 2 and Death Road To Canada act this way. I don't own Screencheat (how do you play that split-screen!?), but Never Alone allows the keyboard and mouse to be used by the primary player and the controller by the sidekick. Separate research into Portal 2 local co-op has been inconclusive on how to use K&M + controller, or even if it's possible. DR2C is an indie game, so there is little hope of being able to Google about it. Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 22:40
  • It might be better then to ask a question about a single game, since it might vary by game. For example, it can be done in Left For Dead with a config file.
    – Angzuril
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 0:18
  • Like I said, some games don't provide an easy way for normal players to do that. While I may be able to use the L4D solution for Portal 2, the same is not true for DR2C. Also if I can assign the controller number system-wide, I could get all sorts of ancient games to handle a second player without sharing the keyboard. This question is more about experimentation and possibilities than the actual games. Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 0:25
  • This question covers portal 2, maybe if you ask specifically about DR2C someone can answer for that
    – Angzuril
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 17:30


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