The Steam Controller Works "Out Of The Box" On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Valve on 14 December 2013 at 07:03 PM EST. Add A Comment
Valve's initial Steam Controller prototype for use with the Steam Machines Linux-based game console will also work "out of the box" on other Linux distributions.

I had written earlier about Former NVIDIA, Microsoft Developers Doing Lots Of The SteamOS Work. In that earlier article I mentioned I didn't see any Steam Controller Linux driver present in Valve's Debian-based SteamOS. It turns out that the Steam Controller for now will work just fine with the generic USB HID input driver.

What this means for end-users is that there will be working out-of-the-box Linux support as the game controller can "just work" with the generic Human Interface Device (HID) driver support in the Linux kernel.

Pierre-Loup A. Griffais, the former NVIDIA engineer now working at Valve on SteamOS, confirmed in our forums that for right now there is no need for a kernel driver specific to their controller.
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