Linux 6.4 Lands XPad Driver Support For Turtle Beach & Qanba Gaming Controllers

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 3 May 2023 at 06:16 AM EDT. 2 Comments
The input driver updates were merged on Tuesday for the ongoing Linux 6.4 merge window.

As covered back in March, with the XPad input driver additions the Linux 6.4 kernel now supports Turtle Beach controllers. Turtle Beach used to be known for their sound cards while more recently they've also begun making gaming controllers... With Linux 6.4 their REACT-R and Recon Xbox controllers are known to be working properly with this XPad driver.

It's nice seeing the XPad mainline driver continuing to be extended to support more controllers. In many cases it's simply a matter of adding new vendor/product IDs.

The XPad driver this cycle also has a patch from Valve's Pierre-Loup A. Griffais. That patch from the prominent Valve Linux developer is for treating Qanba controllers as Xbox 360 controllers. So those with the various Qanba controllers available should now see better support with Linux 6.4+ thanks to that one-liner change.

The Linux 6.4 input updates also include a new driver for Novatek touch controllers, an NXP BBNSM power button driver, and various other additions to existing input drivers. The Novatek driver should work out for supporting a once popular tablet from a decade ago.

The input driver changes for Linux 6.4 can be found via this pull request.
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