Star Wars Squadrons comes with full support for controllers, joysticks, and flight sticks, even when playing on PC. While not all control options are supported (most notably motion controls such as the HTC Vive), there are plenty of ways to control the game.
Built from the ground up for VR, Star Wars Squadrons attempts to create an authentic first-person space flight simulation experience. As such, the game was tested with a variety of joysticks to help players enjoy an extra level of immersion.
While some controllers and joysticks have been tested more thoroughly than others, it’s easy and simple to connect your preferred control method to a PC to play the game.
How to use a controller to play Star Wars Squadrons
If you’re playing Star Wars Squadrons on PC, connecting a controller is very simple. Steam is able to recognise the vast majority of controllers, including Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers.
The easiest way to connect a controller to Steam is to plug it in via the USB cable. Once Steam is in Big Picture Mode, it will automatically recognise a controller. You’ll also have the option to remap buttons if you’re not sold on the layout for your personal controller.
Obviously playing on Xbox or PS4, the game’s controller support is far more straightforward, but Squadrons has also been updated to allow players to use flight sticks or joysticks instead.
How to use a joystick or flight stick to play Star Wars Squadrons
To use a joystick or HOTAS (Hands On Throttle And Stick) flight stick to play Star Wars Squadrons, plug in the device via a USB port on you console or PC. Then, go into the game’s main menu to select your control scheme.
For a joystick, set Joystick One as your joystick. For a HOTAS set-up, set Joystick One as your joystick, Joystick Two as your throttle, and Joystick Three as your pedals.
Star Wars Squadrons recognises most big brand joysticks and flight sticks as viable controllers. EA Motive has specified that the following peripherals have been tested and are fully compatible:
- Saitek X52
- Saitek X-55 Rhino
- Thrustmaster T16000M
- Logitech Extreme 3D Pro
- Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas One (Xbox One)
- Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas 4 (PS4)
Beyond this, other joysticks and controllers are also compatible with Star Wars Squadrons, but they have not been thoroughly tested on all PC and console combinations.