Controller editor


It finally seems like Wayland, the successor to the X.Org windowing system, is ready for prime time. Not only are we seeing it as the only viable option for many embedded and mobile devices, several major Linux distributions now pick Wayland by default. With Valve's Steam Deck bringing Linux gaming into the spotlight, there are signs that NVidia, too, might finally begin optimizing its drivers for Wayland. But this does mean that certain applications relying on X.Org might need to be reworked, and those would include anything with XInput to access games controllers.

AntiMicroX is a graphical configuration application for games controllers that has just finished a compatibility transition to Wayland, bringing its powerful "assign anything anywhere" approach to the new desktop. When you connect a controller, its main window will display buttons for every input detected on the device, both digital and analog. Pressing or triggering any input on the controller will highlight its corresponding button within the user interface. Selecting any one of these will open a virtual QWERTY keyboard from which you can assign any key or mouse combination to be triggered when the controller button or axis is activated. There are preset bindings for common controllers, including dead zones to stop movement when an analog input is not being used and a graphical calibration tool for scaling the analog inputs. You can save each setup as a preset between 1 to 8, and the entire configuration can be saved as a profile file that's quickly accessible from a drop-down menu. This allows you to create complex controller schemes for your games and quickly switch between them, regardless of how many buttons you need.

If you're seriously into gaming, this is a powerful tool that can help you get the most out of your hardware configuration – and especially compensate for any missing Linux configuration support.

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AntiMicroX offers more configurability options and better preset management than Steam, and it now works on Wayland.

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