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Allow Users to Launch Games on PC with a Controller

When I am using a controller, it's not possible to launch a game without using a mouse and keyboard. I should be able to quickly launch games with just the controller.

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    AdminGuru Kronos (Admin, Xbox) shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        please allow better controller support for the xbox app on windows 10 for people that don’t want to use mouse and keyboard

      • Bohumil Vrbík commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to see this integrated into the Xbox app. Hit the Xbox center button on your controller and you can access the Xbox overlay and launch/switch games, just like an Xbox. Would give the app more purpose but wouldn't get in the way of those not using this feature.

      • Josip commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Apart from the very important performance gains mentioned in other suggestions (which would significantly improve performance on console-like PC hardware), having an ability to control a majority (if not all) Windows functions with a controller is the most significant User Experience upgrade that Windows can achieve.

        At the moment, only Steam Big Picture (and some open source alternatives) offers to launch games with a controller. Windows already has somewhat underused tablet support. It could be adapted, rebranded or reused for a controller friendly input method. Unlike third-party solutions, the native controller mode would recognize installed games and software without asking users to interfere. Additionally, existing gaming apps on Windows could add rich data to each installed game, pulled from a variety of sources.

        It is very important that this feature works with already supported controllers. It should never be closed to only Xbox controllers, regardless of their popularity. However, the feature should detect recommended controllers (Xbox, Steam or PS4 controllers) and possibly offer specific macros.

      • Dmytro Ielkin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was thinking about launching Xbox app with Xbox button on the controller and then having Library screen on the app to be displayed and for it to be optimized for launching games.

        It would also be cool to be able to map double press on Xbox button to launch an app or game.

      • MATHEUS DUARTE FERREIRA commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Allow to controll windows with a controller.
        Windows already have a tablet mode, it needs a controller mode
        or at leat the arrows should emulate keyboard arrows and A/B to enter/esc to make things easier.
        You can already select and open a software with the controller if its in the start menu but if the software or game opens a windows form type of windows, you need a keyboard again. Example: Beamng

      • Calum Parker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Similar to the Steam Big Picture mode, being able to launch an Xbox like interface would make it easier to launch and navigate our games using a controller

      • Aleksandr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        After pressing the XBOX button-should appear a menu with a list of installed games. With the arrow keys, select the game, press the a button and play. Game manufacturers should mark their products with a marker so that Windows can quickly and without unnecessary scanning, automatically add them to the list during their installation. Such markers can be put on all installed applications (to type applications). If the application (game, software of another type) does not have a corresponding marker, then during the installation - offer the user to assign the desired marker to the installed application.

      • Wheat Pasta commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Until something like this gets implemented users can use an application called Controller Companion to navigate Windows in general and launch games. Once a game is launched in full screen the program disables itself so that you can play the game without issue.

      • Gh0sT G0 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Maybe that in windows, and well-known apps like game launchers (steam, epic gm, origin, gog galaxy, etc. Maybe to create a list that user can modify with their apps) gamepad should work like a mouse? Right stick for moving mouse cursor, A to left button, B to right button, etc. Maybe with ability to set what button should do to make it compatitible with not XBox gamepads.

      • Jonniboy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        And it is posible to start the PC with the controller and switch off. Look like the same then xbox, for example user on TV's. Or / and remount play (stream) to xbox and switch PC with remote on/off.

      • Meitantei commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You can already do this with Steam full screen mode, but for games in general that's not really easy to implement. There would need to be a launcher appear when pressing a button on controller, and then select which game. A custom launcher that detects games would be easy to implement I am sure.

      • Douglas Campbell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great idea. An Xbox one connected controller should move the mouse cursor as standard. Pressing the guide button could open a window where user selected apps and games could be pinned for quick access.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I know this inst what you are looking for but you do know that Steam has a controller support and you can put steam in big picture mode for this. For windows to natively do this it would have to remap your directional pads as arrow keys. Which would just be weird as a controller in game unless it could detect the game and remap again back to normal....I guess it could be possible but seems unnecessary

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        An option to have windows booting to an xbox like interface with games readly available and not directly to the desktop would be a nice option too.

      • Diogo Oliveira commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am waiting for that a long time, its not even a hard thing to make a simple mouse emulation would be ok like gopher360 or hivemind (alienware) etc... idk why they still dont do it.

      • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        An Xbox style launcher that can be used with a controller to launch ANY game, along with a built in controller config tool (like Steam's). If it can launch any game, including anything from Steam, Origin, Battle.net, Epic, etc, then it instantly beats the competition.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, it would be cool to see something like xbox dashboards to control with a gamepad!

      • Speer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        To expand on this, allow users to easily navigate the Windows desktop environment and switch active windows using just the controller.

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