As part of the new Xbox One Experience, Microsoft has added button remapping capabilities for standard Xbox One controllers through the Xbox Accessories App. The new feature was highly-requested by Xbox One owners and offers a great alternative to remapping buttons on an individual game basis. Now, each Xbox One controller can be perfectly customized to your liking.
But how can you remap your Xbox One controller? It’s really quite simple.
For those of you looking to remap your Xbox One controller, it can be done in three ways through the New Xbox One Experience:
- Settings / Kinect & Devices / Devices & Accessories
- Settings / Ease of access / Button mapping
- Launch the Xbox Accessories app directly
For the standard Xbox One controller, you can now swap button pairs. For example, you can choose to map LB to X, then X is automatically mapped to LB. This ensures that you aren’t carelessly unmapping important functions. You can do multiple button swaps in sequence to move button commands to where you want them to be on the controller. When the buttons are remapped on a standard controller, the remapping is not transferrable to other consoles. If you move to another console, you’ll need to go through the remapping process again with that new console.
The controller remapping function is currently only available for Xbox One consoles only, with PC support to be confirmed at a later time.
For the Elite Xbox One controller, the only required buttons that need to be mapped somewhere on the controller are A and B. Another unique remapping feature for the Elite Controller is that you can have multiple buttons mapped to the same function (e.g. multiple physical buttons or paddles can be mapped to X). Remapped settings are stored directly on Elite controller, so you can bring your custom settings to another console or PC.
On consoles, the Xbox Accessories app notifies users if their controller has an optional or mandatory firmware update. On the PC, the recently updated Xbox Accessories app can now be used to update the firmware on your standard controller, Elite controller, or Chatpad.
I truly never thought I’d see the day where console manufacturers would allow gamers to remap controllers to their heart’s content, but here we are. What a time to be alive.