I'm streaming from my Windows PC to my Linux laptop and trying to use a wireless PS3 controller. The controller works fine when playing games running on the laptop but doesn't get recognized when using In-Home Streaming.

The controller works with games that I've tried to stream (Tomb Raider, Mad Max, etc.) when I run them under Linux, so it's not a problem with the games not supporting it.

Is there some confusion going on between my two computers while streaming? Do I have to pair the controller to the streaming PC and not the laptop for it to be recognized as an input device? Or, maybe, it's not possible to use a PS3 controller on the laptop because the streaming PC doesn't recognize the input?

  • Have you checked the official support article on in-home streaming yet? support.steampowered.com/…
    – Nzall
    Commented Jul 31, 2017 at 13:46
  • I've used in home streaming to a Windows HTPC with controllers just fine. They were wireless Xbox 360 controllers using the wireless adaptor. I'm thinking if you had a wired 360 controller, it would work just fine.
    – MBraedley
    Commented Jul 31, 2017 at 13:49

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From the official support article on in-home streaming:

My game controller input doesn't affect the game

If your game controller isn't recognized by any game, check to see if Steam Big Picture recognizes it in the controller settings on the client computer. You may need to configure your controller there in order to use it for streaming. Some games use raw input instead of XInput or DirectInput and are not yet supported.

  • This way it recognizes inputs when it's connected through USB but still not wirelessly, even though I can setup the controller when not connected.
    – DGarvanski
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 7:05

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