New Driver adds Windows support for Shield Controller

The game controller for the NVIDIA Shield TV is pretty good. It feels solid and the buttons are pretty good too. While it was designed to work with the Shield, it is essentially a standard Bluetooth controller, meaning you can pair it with your phone. Some people may want to pair it with their PC so that they can play games there. Previously this has not been possible with all graphics cards, but a user on the GeForce forums, Syniurge, has been able to build a simple driver that enables it.

The user goes into more detail on their GitHub page, explaining how a small flaw prevented it from being supported out of the box on Windows. The driver does a few small corrections to how the device is seen in Windows to enable a great experience. A recent update to the driver enabled the touchpad to work so you can use a mouse without having to switch to a different peripheral. It also supports the gamepad’s rumble feature. Both of these are surprising as neither works on the Shield TV.

Shield Controller IFIXIT
Photo credit to iFixit

The driver isn’t signed, so users will have to go through a few additional steps in order to install it. However, once it’s done the device should be working great. If you want to set up your gamepad correctly, go to the forum post to download the appropriate driver, whether your PC is 32-bit or 64-bit.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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  • Richard Branches

    I thought it was an official driver from nvidia…

    • There is an official driver that comes with software for NVIDIA GPUs. This is an unofficial driver that essentially just remaps a few keys for non-NVIDIA GPUs.