[Updated] Elden Ring controller not working on PC issue reported by many (workarounds inside)

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on February 25, 2022) follows:

Developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, Elden Ring is an open-world RPG game. The game takes place after the destruction of Elden Ring and the shattering of Great Runes.

The third-person game focuses on combat and exploration with elements similar to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Just after a few minutes after it was launched, the title smashed player records for Sekiro and Dark Souls 3.


Having said that, Elden Ring players are now reporting (1,2,3,4) that the controller is not working on the PC version of the game. This is a really serious issue since many are unable to play the game.

Players say they tried reconnecting their controller and restarting the game but nothing seems to work.


Controller not working.
Have changed and launched the game with all the possible settings from YouTube videos and articles but nothing is working. I had 0 issues with Sekiro but I am at a lose. Have restarted everything. Disabled and enabled, forced on and forced off, big picture and normal modes. It’s getting extremely irritating. Can anyone help?

I know this isn’t a hardware problem either, cause I can play on M+K. I have tried every “solution” the people have put out. I’ve unplugged all other usb devices before launching the game. I’ve gone and into controller properties and turned off and on steam input multiple times, and gone into big picture mode to see if that changes anything. I’ve gone into general controller settings, and made sure my controller was detected(it is, I can play any other game on steam)

Unfortunately, Elden Ring developers are yet to acknowledge the issue where controller is not working on the PC version of the game. However, we did come across a workaround that might help resolve the issue.

The first one involves connecting the controller and disconnecting the keyboard before launching the game. You can reconnect the keyboard after launching the game.

Hey just a heads up if you’re having controller connection problem for Elden Ring on PC.
I had to start the game with my controller connected, and keyboard disconnected. Once the game was started, I plugged the keyboard back in and everything worked fine. Have fun!

The second workaround involves disabling the HID-compliant game controller from Human Interface Devices from the Device Manager.


Rest assured, we will be keeping an eye out for more information and update this space as and when we come across more information so make sure you stay tuned.

Update 1 (February 26)

11:11 am (IST): Devs are working to resolve various ongoing issues with Elden Ring including performance, crashing issues, and many others. And we hope that the controller issue should also get fixed soon.

Update 2 (March 05)

05:58 pm (IST): Elden Ring on Twitter announced that they have released a new patch (1.02.3) for PC players that fixes the controller issue.

Patch 1.02.3 is available now for PC:

– Fixed a problem in which controllers connected to the PC were not recognized under certain circumstances (Source)

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My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.