For Fallout fans, choosing the best game in the series has always been a hot topic. For some, it’s Fallout: New Vegas, while for others, it’s Fallout 4, the focus of this guide. Fallout 4 was released back in 2015 and quickly became a hit with both critics and fans alike. While players are still waiting for a new-gen release of the game, many have already started enjoying it on the go thanks to PC handhelds, of which the Steam Deck happens to be a popular choice with a ton of players. Unfortunately, it seems like there’s an issue related to the controller not working while playing the game on the device, and that’s what this guide here will help you with.
Fallout 4 isn’t a Deck-verified title, but it’s playable on it. The game runs surprisingly well with some tweaks, and fans are surely having a blast while enjoying Fallout 4 on the go. As such, this issue is something that needs to be dealt with immediately. Now, we don’t really know what’s causing this. Anything from proton compatibility to the game not being updated to the latest version can be a probable cause behind this issue. So, does that mean this can’t be fixed? Well, it can be. So, without much further ado, continue reading to learn what some fixes are for this problem.
Fallout 4 Steam Deck Controller not working: How to fix it?
As we stated before, Fallout 4 isn’t Steam Deck Verified, so players will have to try the following workarounds to deal with this issue:
Change Proton Versions –
Switching to another Proton version has a good chance of resolving this issue. Try changing between different Proton versions and see which one allows you to run the game best on the Deck. Start with Proton Experimental and then switch to different Proton versions.
Launch in Desktop Mode –
Switching to Desktop Mode and then launching the game has helped many players fix this issue in different games on the Deck, so we suggest that you give this a try. And if it doesn’t work, take a look at the next method.
Use Protontricks –
This one happens to be a player-recommended fix. Essentially, what you need to do is switch to Desktop Mode and then download Protontricks from the Discover Store. Install Protontricks along with f4se and buffout 4. Next, open Protontricks and use it to install VC Runtime 2015-2019. Next, use winecfg and add iphlpapi to the libraries. Do note that you need to set it to native and then builtin.
Now, open buffout 4 and edit the config to enable Auto-Switch. Change your Proton version to something like 7.0-6 or 8.0. Next, you need to rename the launcher to something else and the loader to what your old launcher was named. You can now launch Fallout 4 and find out if the issue persists. Additionally, you can also try adding PROTON_NO_ESYNC=1 to the game’s launch options.
Reorder Controller Order –
If Quick Resume disables controls in the game, we suggest that you try re-ordering the controller order and then check if that helps. For this, all you need to do is open Quick Settings while in-game and select Rearrange Controller Order.
Always keep your games updated. Believe it or not, this helps a ton in avoiding a myriad of issues. So, check if there’s an update available for the game first. If there is indeed one, go ahead and download it. Additionally, you should also make sure that the Steam Deck is updated to the latest SteamOS version.
In case none of the aforementioned workarounds are able to provide meaningful results, we recommend that you uninstall the game. It’s a pretty common way to fix an issue like this one, so give it a try and see if it helps.
Well, that’s all the information we have on this issue. Additionally, if you want to know how to play Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown on the Deck, take a look at this guide. And for more such content, keep following DigiStatement. Also read: Dragon Age Inquisition Steam Deck controller not working: How to fix it