Supported Controllers

  • XBox 360 Controller
  • XBox One Controller
  • Steam Controller
  • DualShock 4 via Input Mapper or other software that makes it look like a generic 360 controller
  • Mouse and Keyboard

Quick Fixes

Many controller issues can be resolved by making sure your drivers are up to date.

Please also note that when using a mouse and keyboard, Firewatch uses the WASD keys to move around, not the arrow keys.

My game seems to be make me look straight up and spin around in circles?

Are you using a DualShock4? If so, you will need to quit Firewatch, and install Input Mapper to make the controller look like a 360 Controller to your computer.

After getting Input Mapper working, restart Firewatch and go to Settings -> Controls and then select DualShock4 from the drop down menu.

If you aren’t using a Dual Shock 4, you are probably using an unsupported controller.

It may be necessary to restart the game after unplugging any controllers.

My Steam Controller isn’t working!


Steam Controller does not work with default settings on some Windows 8 operating systems and must be set to the Firewatch WASD profile in order to work properly. That said, we’re hopeful this has been addressed since the last major update to Unity in September 2016.


We’ve received a small handful of reports of folks being unable to use their Steam Controllers after purchasing a non-steam version of Firewatch (either through the Mac App store, or GoG). At this time we don’t have full Steam Controller support without the steam Big Picture overlay.

You are able to launch your non-Steam version of Firewatch through the Big Picture overlay. It will require a few steps.

  1. Make a Steam account, if you don’t have one already

  2. Add your non-Steam version of Firewatch to Steam

  3. Launch Firewatch through Big Picture mode

Once you have launched Firewatch you should have full Steam Controller support. If you are unhappy with the default layout of the controller, you can download different profiles.

This webpage has more information for your reference:

None of the above worked for me!

If you are still experiencing controller issues after updating your drivers, make sure there are no other controllers plugged in or Virtual Joystick Emulators installed.

We have also added an option to “Ignore all other Inputs”. This will help if you have a lot of peripherals that you do not wish to unplug. Go to Settings -> Controls, you should see a checkbox labeled Ignore Other Input Devices.

If you check that box, it should make the game only listen to the Mouse and Keyboard.

This article was last updated on December 5, 2018