What external devices work with the Xbox Adaptive Controller?

The Xbox Adaptive Controller works with a variety of buttons, switches, mounts, and joysticks for a custom gaming experience that’s uniquely yours.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller enables you to create a gaming configuration that works for you.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller enables you to create a gaming configuration that works for you.

The controller accepts two types of connections for external devices: 3.5mm and USB 2.0.

3.5mm

Most 3.5mm devices that are digital inputs (such as switches or buttons) are compatible with the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller accepts most 3.5mm device connections that are digital inputs.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller accepts most 3.5mm device connections that are digital inputs.

If you’re using a device that uses analog input, you can plug it into LT, RT, X1, or X2.

The LT, RT, X1, and X2 jacks can accept analog inputs.
The LT, RT, X1, and X2 jacks can accept analog inputs.

Stereo audio headsets are also compatible when plugged into the 3.5mm headset jack.

Stereo audio headset connections work with the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
Stereo audio headset connections work with the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

If you need help finding buttons and connection ports on the controller, see Get to know the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

USB 2.0

Additionally, the controller accepts USB 2.0 for connecting HID joysticks or HID gamepads (used for the left and right thumbsticks).

USB 2.0 connections are used for substituting the left and right thumbsticks with HID joysticks or HID gamepads.
USB 2.0 connections are used for substituting the left and right thumbsticks with HID joysticks or HID gamepads.

When you connect one or more devices, the controller will detect up to eight buttons from each device. The default button assignments are as follows:

HID device Position on Logitech joystick Left USB 2.0 port Right USB 2.0 port
Button 1 Trigger on the front of the stick at 12 o’clock X1 View
Button 2 Oval button where your right thumb would rest at 9 o’clock X2 Menu
Button 3 Lower left button on the top face of the stick at 7 o’clock Left stick (left press) Right stick (right press)
Button 4 Lower right button on the top face of the stick at 4 o’clock Left bumper Right bumper
Button 5 Upper left button on the top face of the stick at 11 o’clock A X
Button 6 Upper right button on the top face of the stick at 1 o’clock B Y
Button 7 Front right button on the left face of the base View X1
Button 8 Front left button on the left face of the base Menu X2
The HID button mapping on the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick.
Showing is the mapping for the eight HID buttons on the LogiTech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick.
HID device Position on PDP One-handed Joystick Left USB 2.0 port Right USB 2.0 port
Button 1 Button on the front face where your index finger would rest X1 View
Button 2 Button on the front face where your middle finger would rest X2 Menu
Thumbstick Top face Pressing and holding this changes the function of the top and bottom buttons Pressing and holding this changes the function of the top and bottom buttons
Button 3 Top button on the front face where your index finger would rest Left stick (left press) Right stick (right press)
Button 4 Bottom button on the front face where your middle finger would rest Left bumper Right bumper
The HID button mapping on the PDP One-Handed Joystick.
Showing is the mapping for the four HID buttons on the PDP One-Handed Joystick. A caption reads, “When the thumbstick is pressed and held, the HID buttons change.”

The number of supported buttons will vary depending on the devices that are connected to the controller. For the best experience, remap the buttons using the Xbox Accessories app. For more info, see Customize the Xbox Adaptive Controller in the Xbox Accessories app.

Note The Xbox Adaptive Controller can’t detect the right thumbstick on HID gamepads.

Looking for a device that meets your needs?

The Xbox Adaptive Controller works with a large assortment of assistive devices, including the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick and the PDP One-Handed Joystick. If you’re looking for more ideas, go to xbox.com/xbox-one/accessories and select "Assistive Technologies" from the menu on the left.

Looking for setup suggestions?

Here are some resources and groups that can help you get started:

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