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How to Fix Controller Not Working in Need for Speed Unbound

In NFS Unbound, the world is your canvas where you’ll have to prove yourself to win The Grand.

Race for 4 intense weeks and earn cash to enter weekly qualifiers.

Beat the competition and set your mark as you outdrive and outsmart the police.

Fill your garage with custom rides and run the streets with your style, fits, and soundtrack.

Express yourself with fresh art styles and signature tags to represent yourself.

There are single-player and multiplayer campaigns with hours of adrenaline-pumping action.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix your gamepad or PS4/PS5/Xbox controller not working, detecting, or switching in Need for Speed Unbound (NFS Unbound).

Fix 1: Disable Steam Input

  1. Open Steam and log in to your account.
  2. Go to your library and right-click “Need for Speed Unbound”.
  3. Select Properties > Controller > Override for Need for Speed Unbound.
  4. Select “Disable Steam Input”.

Note: If disabling Steam Input does not fix your controller, try enabling it instead.

Fix 2: Launch Steam and the game as an administrator

  • Right-click Steam > properties > Compatibility > Run this program as an administrator > tick > Apply > OK.
  • Right-click the Need for Speed Unbound application > properties > Compatibility > Run this program as an administrator > tick > Apply > OK.

Fix 3: Enable configuration support

  1. Open Steam and log in to your account.
  2. Select Steam > Settings > Controller > General Controller Settings.
  3. If you’re using a PlayStation controller, enable “PlayStation Configuration Support”.
  4. If you’re using an Xbox controller, enable “Xbox Configuration Support”.

Note: If your controller is still not working, try disabling PlayStation/Xbox Configuration Support instead.

Fix 4: Other troubleshooting methods

  • If you’re having an issue with controller bindings, plug your controller into your PC instead (NFS-specific).
  • Launch the game from Origin instead of Steam (NFS-specific).
  • Add the “EADesktop” app to Steam (Library > Add a Game > Add a Non-Steam Game > EADesktop) and launch the game on Steam (NFS-specific).
  • Unplug external unused USB devices (Logitech racing wheel, Thrustmaster racing wheel, additional controllers, etc.).
  • Open Steam > Steam > Settings > Downloads > Clear Download Cache.
  • Unplug and replug your controller (it can be simply a loose plug).

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