Street Fighter 5's next update will remove native DirectInput and PlayStation 4 controller support on PC though they can still be used through Steam

It never really worked anyway

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • February 22, 2019 at 10:03 a.m. PST

Capcom announced that a new batch of content will be coming to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition next week with Mega Man costumes for Ryu and Sakura plus a masked wrestler outfit for Zangief.

These new costumes getting added to the game means that Street Fighter 5 will need a new update which Capcom confirmed will be coming on February 26 and online servers are scheduled to go down from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.

The developers have also released a special announcement regarding the Version 4.021 update which will impact PC users of the game with the statement that SF5 on Steam will be losing DirectInput controller support once that patch goes live. PlayStation 4 controller / arcade stick users will be affected by this change the most.

Street Fighter 5 didn't launch with native DirectInput support, and many players will note that the feature never really functioned on PC anyway without some tinkering — so it's not really surprising to see it go.

It's not all doom and gloom though as PS4 and DirectInput controllers will be supported by using Steam's controller settings and configurations though that may require your PC to be running in Big Picture Mode to use properly. Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers use XInput, so they will be unaffected.

It is currently unknown whether this new update will also fix Blanka's game-breaking time freeze glitch or if will remain in Street Fighter 5 for the time being. You can check out Capcom's maintenance announcement below plus their full DirectInput notice after the jump where they detail how to set up controllers through Steam.

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Important Notice for Steam Players Using DirectInput Controllers

The Ver. 4.021 update slated for release on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 implements design changes to improve operation stability for DirectInput USB controllers used with the Steam version of the game.

If your controller (primarily PlayStation 4 controllers, arcade sticks, etc.) employs DirectInput, launching Street Fighter 5 after applying the above update will result in the loss of controller functionality.

After installing the 4.020 update, please adjust your settings as per the instructions below in order to resolve the issue.

Please note that Xinput controllers (Xbox 360 controllers, Xbox One controllers, etc.) do not experience this issue.

Steps to Restore Controller Functionality:

1. Confirm that Street Fighter 5 is not running.
2. Log in to your Steam client and select either "Steam" or "View" from the upper left corner. Then, go to "Settings" > "Controller."
3. When the controller settings window displays, select "General Controller Settings," looking to the bottom of the window for the detected controllers notification. Confirm it lists the name of your PC, as well as any USB controllers currently in use.
4. Fill in the check boxes for the settings that apply to the currently connected controller types.

Example: If using a PlayStation 4 controller, check the "PlayStation Configuration Support" box.

Controllers being recognized for the first time may have their buttons unassigned.

This will require you to select "Confirm Layout" for the newly detected controllers, and specify a button layout.

After performing the above, normal play will become possible the next time you launch the game.

If booting up the game without performing these steps results in loss of controller functionality, select the door icon in the bottom left of the Street Fighter 5 main menu using the keyboard (note that the "B" key is used to confirm your choice) to close the game.

If you are not sure what input type your controller uses, please ask the controller manufacturer.

We apologize for any inconveniences this issue may cause and thank you for your continued support of Street Fighter 5.

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