The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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PervySage Sep 21, 2018 @ 7:50pm
PS4 Controller Button Prompts in Witcher 3
Can anyone get the PS4 controller button prompts working with Witcher 3 when using the controller wirelessly?

If I plug the controller into the USB and into the PC the prompts will appear.

However if I try to use the controller wirelssly through a PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor For PC [ebgames.com.au] The steam or Xbox button prompts will appear.

I've currently got Steam recognizing the PS4 controller and have PS4 controller support enabled in steam (which is detected and works perfectly)

I'm not using any other 3rd party software to emulate a xbox controller.

I've read heaps of differnt forums and tried the following:

1.) Turning off PS4 controller support in steam (If I turn this off, the controller wont work)
2.) Turning off PS4 controller support in steam and using InputMapper (controller works, but still get xbox controller prompts)
3.) Turning off PS4 controller support in steam and using DS4Windows (controller works, but still get xbox controller prompts)
4.) Using mod from nexusmods PS4 Mod [www.nexusmods.com] even tried editing the line 64 as suggested in the forums, I still get xbox control prompts unless plugged in via usb.
5.) Running witcher 3 outside of steam. (controller wont work unless I use either inputmapper or DS4Winows, and when I use them I still get xbox promtps)
6.) Editing inputmanager.ini to make the game think that xbox, keyboard, steam controllers are PS4 controllers... still didnt get the prompts.
7.) Uninstalling and reinstalling Witcher 3.
8.) Deleting xinput1_3.dll from steamapps\common\The Witcher 3\bin\x64.

And then tried all those things with every differnt type of controller support in steam enabled or disabled to get every possible combination.

Everything has failed and I'm about to throw the controller at the wall.

Can anyone help or offer a suggestion on how to get this to work?

Thanks in advance.





Last edited by PervySage; Sep 21, 2018 @ 7:52pm
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lehipi Sep 22, 2018 @ 12:13am 
Plug in a wire.

I'm sorry, not what you want to hear, but when you can't get the DS4Windows mod to work, using the DS4 with a wire, is your only solution to get the correct prompts.

Try a USB extention cord. The input lag is neglible compared to full wireless in my experience. Even using the cheapest, shoddy cable I could find, gives me better responce times than wireless, so the spaghetti management is a small price to pay, if you ask me...
TotalTriscuit Sep 23, 2018 @ 12:26am 
I start the game without a controller plugged in, plug in my DS4 via USB. It always gives me DS4 button prompts.

Oh, you meant wireless. Hmm, no clue.
Last edited by TotalTriscuit; Sep 23, 2018 @ 12:28am
Originally posted by PervySage:
I got it PS4 prompts working with using wireless. the solution is here: https://forums.cdprojektred.com/index.php?threads/ps4-controller-button-prompts-in-witcher-3.10984484/#post-11160932

The real fix is to just disable DS4 config support in the steam big picture mode settings.
Morbic Apr 10, 2019 @ 8:06pm 
Originally posted by PervySage:
I got it PS4 prompts working with using wireless. the solution is here: https://forums.cdprojektred.com/index.php?threads/ps4-controller-button-prompts-in-witcher-3.10984484/#post-11160932

Bit of a thread-necro, but this solution is the only one that worked when launching the GOG.com GOTY version (currently v1.32) via Steam. Thanks PervySage!
Bluegills Apr 26, 2019 @ 9:41pm 
Doesn't work for me, USB or Wireless. Even mods don't fix it, keeps defaulting to Xbox buttons.
lehipi Apr 27, 2019 @ 6:21am 
Originally posted by Bluegills:
Doesn't work for me, USB or Wireless. Even mods don't fix it, keeps defaulting to Xbox buttons.
Steam/Settings/Controller Settings. Untick everything and plug the DS4 in with a wire.
Morbic May 22, 2019 @ 1:15pm 
I did notice that if I skipped the intro videos (via mod or file renaming), that broke this solution. Not a big deal since you can press the Square button to skip them anyway. Hope that helps.
Ace_Kicker47 Jun 28, 2019 @ 2:23pm 
Hey man !
i found the solution for u bro after really long time.
1. Go to this folder directory:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\The Witcher 3\content\content0\scripts\game
2. Open inputManager.ws with notepad:
3. Search the line "switch (deviceName)", edit/rename all other controller names next to IDT_ (Xbox/Steam) to PS4 and save, it should look like this:
switch (deviceName)
{
case 'xpad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'ps4pad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'steampad':
return IDT_PS4;
4. Go to Steam Library, right click your The Witcher 3 game then choose Properties, click Set Launch Options and type -forcescriptcompilation
5. Go to Steam Menu then View, click Big Picture Mode.
6. Go to Settings, check both Guide Button Focuses Steam and Playstation Configuration Support.
7. Go to The Witcher 3 game from Library then click Manage Game, click Controller Configuration, browse apply any PS4 Configuration you prefer.
8. Start the game.

importent ! verify game files before do that guide if some file is not good the game not launch.

Have fun !
The Boss Jun 29, 2019 @ 4:16pm 
Originally posted by Ass Kicker 47:
Hey man !
i found the solution for u bro after really long time.
1. Go to this folder directory:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\The Witcher 3\content\content0\scripts\game
2. Open inputManager.ws with notepad:
3. Search the line "switch (deviceName)", edit/rename all other controller names next to IDT_ (Xbox/Steam) to PS4 and save, it should look like this:
switch (deviceName)
{
case 'xpad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'ps4pad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'steampad':
return IDT_PS4;
4. Go to Steam Library, right click your The Witcher 3 game then choose Properties, click Set Launch Options and type -forcescriptcompilation
5. Go to Steam Menu then View, click Big Picture Mode.
6. Go to Settings, check both Guide Button Focuses Steam and Playstation Configuration Support.
7. Go to The Witcher 3 game from Library then click Manage Game, click Controller Configuration, browse apply any PS4 Configuration you prefer.
8. Start the game.

importent ! verify game files before do that guide if some file is not good the game not launch.

Have fun !
I could've sworn I replied. But this worked man! I really appreciate it!
MinChoco Sep 20, 2019 @ 11:23pm 
Originally posted by Ace_Kicker 47:
Hey man !
i found the solution for u bro after really long time.
1. Go to this folder directory:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\The Witcher 3\content\content0\scripts\game
2. Open inputManager.ws with notepad:
3. Search the line "switch (deviceName)", edit/rename all other controller names next to IDT_ (Xbox/Steam) to PS4 and save, it should look like this:
switch (deviceName)
{
case 'xpad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'ps4pad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'steampad':
return IDT_PS4;
4. Go to Steam Library, right click your The Witcher 3 game then choose Properties, click Set Launch Options and type -forcescriptcompilation
5. Go to Steam Menu then View, click Big Picture Mode.
6. Go to Settings, check both Guide Button Focuses Steam and Playstation Configuration Support.
7. Go to The Witcher 3 game from Library then click Manage Game, click Controller Configuration, browse apply any PS4 Configuration you prefer.
8. Start the game.

importent ! verify game files before do that guide if some file is not good the game not launch.

Have fun !
You just need to change the "steampad" only and configure the ps4 controller in steam.
Tiago Passarela Oct 26, 2019 @ 4:19pm 
Originally posted by Ace_Kicker 47:
Hey man !
i found the solution for u bro after really long time.
1. Go to this folder directory:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\The Witcher 3\content\content0\scripts\game
2. Open inputManager.ws with notepad:
3. Search the line "switch (deviceName)", edit/rename all other controller names next to IDT_ (Xbox/Steam) to PS4 and save, it should look like this:
switch (deviceName)
{
case 'xpad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'ps4pad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'steampad':
return IDT_PS4;
4. Go to Steam Library, right click your The Witcher 3 game then choose Properties, click Set Launch Options and type -forcescriptcompilation
5. Go to Steam Menu then View, click Big Picture Mode.
6. Go to Settings, check both Guide Button Focuses Steam and Playstation Configuration Support.
7. Go to The Witcher 3 game from Library then click Manage Game, click Controller Configuration, browse apply any PS4 Configuration you prefer.
8. Start the game.

importent ! verify game files before do that guide if some file is not good the game not launch.

Have fun !

Hey man, thanks for the help. This also worked for me.
Lucci Jan 7, 2020 @ 12:11pm 
Originally posted by Ace_Kicker 47:
Hey man !
i found the solution for u bro after really long time.
1. Go to this folder directory:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\The Witcher 3\content\content0\scripts\game
2. Open inputManager.ws with notepad:
3. Search the line "switch (deviceName)", edit/rename all other controller names next to IDT_ (Xbox/Steam) to PS4 and save, it should look like this:
switch (deviceName)
{
case 'xpad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'ps4pad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'steampad':
return IDT_PS4;
4. Go to Steam Library, right click your The Witcher 3 game then choose Properties, click Set Launch Options and type -forcescriptcompilation
5. Go to Steam Menu then View, click Big Picture Mode.
6. Go to Settings, check both Guide Button Focuses Steam and Playstation Configuration Support.
7. Go to The Witcher 3 game from Library then click Manage Game, click Controller Configuration, browse apply any PS4 Configuration you prefer.
8. Start the game.

importent ! verify game files before do that guide if some file is not good the game not launch.

Have fun !
Thanks .. Worked without needing for any mod.
Originally posted by Ace_Kicker 47:
Hey man !
i found the solution for u bro after really long time.
1. Go to this folder directory:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\The Witcher 3\content\content0\scripts\game
2. Open inputManager.ws with notepad:
3. Search the line "switch (deviceName)", edit/rename all other controller names next to IDT_ (Xbox/Steam) to PS4 and save, it should look like this:
switch (deviceName)
{
case 'xpad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'ps4pad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'steampad':
return IDT_PS4;
4. Go to Steam Library, right click your The Witcher 3 game then choose Properties, click Set Launch Options and type -forcescriptcompilation
5. Go to Steam Menu then View, click Big Picture Mode.
6. Go to Settings, check both Guide Button Focuses Steam and Playstation Configuration Support.
7. Go to The Witcher 3 game from Library then click Manage Game, click Controller Configuration, browse apply any PS4 Configuration you prefer.
8. Start the game.

importent ! verify game files before do that guide if some file is not good the game not launch.

Have fun !

wow man you are a chief. How so you find this trick?
Sims2uni Feb 13, 2020 @ 2:22am 
Originally posted by Ace_Kicker 47:
Hey man !
i found the solution for u bro after really long time.
1. Go to this folder directory:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\The Witcher 3\content\content0\scripts\game
2. Open inputManager.ws with notepad:
3. Search the line "switch (deviceName)", edit/rename all other controller names next to IDT_ (Xbox/Steam) to PS4 and save, it should look like this:
switch (deviceName)
{
case 'xpad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'ps4pad':
return IDT_PS4;
break;
case 'steampad':
return IDT_PS4;
4. Go to Steam Library, right click your The Witcher 3 game then choose Properties, click Set Launch Options and type -forcescriptcompilation
5. Go to Steam Menu then View, click Big Picture Mode.
6. Go to Settings, check both Guide Button Focuses Steam and Playstation Configuration Support.
7. Go to The Witcher 3 game from Library then click Manage Game, click Controller Configuration, browse apply any PS4 Configuration you prefer.
8. Start the game.

importent ! verify game files before do that guide if some file is not good the game not launch.

Have fun !


Worked perfectly. Thanks
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