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I just recently got 4 wired xbox one controllers, and I want to use them with my other 2 controllers to play Gang Beast and Pummel Party, but it seems that the game only recognize the first 4 that give an input. I've been researching and it is supposed to allow 8 players at the same time (I can make that 4 players with controllers and 1 with Keyboard play at the same time).

Is there a software or something that can be used to play with the 8 controllers at the same time?

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    If the game only recognizes 4, then the problem lies with the game itself. I doubt an external utility would help much.
    – iBug
    Commented Feb 14, 2023 at 12:56

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This is a hard-coded limit in XInput API:

The XInput API supports up to four controllers connected at any time. The XInput functions all require a dwUserIndex parameter that is passed in to identify the controller being set or queried. This ID will be in the range of 0-3 and is set automatically by XInput. The number corresponds to the port that the controller is plugged into, and is not modifiable.

Getting Started With XInput in Windows applications

Gang Beasts and Pummel Party both support up to 8 players. If you already have 4 Xbox One controllers then try connecting non-Xbox controllers.

For Pummel Party, you can also try enabling Xbox Extended Feature Support in Steam's controller settings and disabling Use XInput in Pummel Party's controller settings.

Apparently steam has a way to allow for more than 4 xbox controllers?

I'm not sure if there's a way to do this for Gang Beasts.

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