How to Correctly Calibrate an Xbox One Controller on Windows 11

Eliminate any lags and inconsistencies with accurate calibration

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  • Calibrating an Xbox One controller helps achieve better performance and can be performed on a PC.
  • While Windows 11 offers a built-in utility, you can go with Steam, a reliable alternative for controller calibration.
  • Keep reading to find out how to calibrate an Xbox One controller on the PC.
learn how to calibrate xbox one controller in windows 11

Since Windows has emerged as a preferred gaming platform, it’s all the more important to identify its gaming-oriented features. And one of these is the ability to calibrate an Xbox One controller on Windows 11.

With the built-in manual calibration, you can get rid of drift, random movements, or performance issues and effectively align the X, Y, and Z axes. If the available options don’t work, you can always use a third-party Xbox One controller calibration tool. Let’s find out!

How do I calibrate my Xbox controller on Windows 11?

Before you proceed, make sure to connect the controller to the PC and update the Xbox One controller’s driver. While you are at it, install any available firmware updates as well.

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1. Using the Windows built-in calibration utility

  1. Press Windows + R to open Run, type joy.cpl in the text field, and hit
  2. Select your Xbox One controller from the list, and click the Properties to calibrate xbox one controller in windows 11
  3. In the Settings tab, click the Calibrate button.calibrate
  4. The Game Device Calibration wizard will appear and will help configure the following aspects:
    • D-pad calibration to get it centered
    • Axis calibration (all three, X, Y, and Z) for the right and left triggers and the jumpstick.
  5. Simply follow the on-screen instructions to complete the controller calibration process.wizard to calibrate xbox one controller in windows 11
  6. Once done with it, head to the Test tab and verify whether the Xbox One controller is optimally calibrated in Windows 11.
  7. If the calibration settings don’t work out, click the Reset to default button in the Settings menu.reset to default

Remember, you can similarly calibrate a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick if that, too, is a part of your gaming setup.

2. From the Steam settings

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If you don’t have the application, go to Steam’s official website, download the setup, and then run it to install Steam.
  1. Launch the Steam client on the PC, click the View menu, and choose Big Picture Mode from the flyout menu.big picture mode
  2. Click the Steam Menu near the bottom left corner and select Settings.settings
  3. Now, head to the Controllers tab, select the Xbox One controller, and click on Calibrate.
  4. Click on Lock Out Joystick Navigation, then the Start Full Autocalibration button, move the analog sticks to the sides ten times as recommended, and complete the calibration process.lock out joystick navigation
  5. Click OK to save the changes, head back to the controller settings, and again click on Calibrate.
  6. This time, configure the left and right stick dead zones until it seems perfect.calibrate Xbox controllers in Windows 11 with Steam
  7. Finally, you can tick the checkbox for Xbox Configuration Support to set different sensitivities and other controller parameters for individual games, though it’s an optional measure.

Enabling or disabling the Xbox Configuration Support option depends totally on the game you are playing as sometimes it can cause issues like Controller acting like a mouse.

3. With a third-party tool

The third-party calibration tools for game controllers aren’t as effective as the built-in Windows wizard or Steam. But if you still want to use one, Gamepad Tester is the most reliable option.

Remember, you may encounter some inconsistencies with respect to the axis values, or the Xbox controller may not be detected. The website lists some effective measures in the FAQ section that should help.

Troubleshooting issues with controllers on Windows 11

  • Controller not detected: Check the connections, look for damaged cables, or switch to a wired connection.
  • Controller not working: Make sure the driver and firmware are up-to-date
  • Lag, drift, or performance issues: To eliminate these, calibrate your Xbox One controller drift 
  • Controller not connecting to PC: Install the latest drivers and set up the Xbox Wireless Adapter.

While the built-in Game Device Calibration utility comes in handy when eliminating minor misconfiguration, it won’t be as useful for major flaws. And in that case, getting a new Xbox One controller is the best option.

If you are considering purchasing one, check our curated list of the best Xbox controllers.

For any queries about calibrating Xbox One controllers in Windows 11, drop a comment below, and we will get back to you.

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