XBoxDrv requires restart under Steam Native

I have both Steam Runtime and Steam Native installed. I also have the latest xboxdrv installed and enabled for my XBox360 Wireless controller, but the same issue happens with my wired XBox360 controller as well.

What I notice is the following:

  1. When running a game from Steam Runtime, my XBox360 controller works with no issues.
  2. When running a game through Steam Native, even with the xboxdrv service running, nothing works except keyboard.

In both instances, xboxdrv.service is running but it only works constantly with no need to restart the service when launching a game via Steam Runtime.

If I launch a game (or exit and launch a game again) via Steam Native, what I have to do is after launching the game is to pause it, go to a command line and stop and restart the xboxdrv service and then go back to the game. Then and only then will the controller work if the game is launched from Steam Native.

Does anyone else experience this same issue and have a solution? I don't want to go and enable XBox controller in the Big Screen area because then when Steam runs and I'm not in a game or paused, the left stick controls my mouse cursor on the desktop.

Below is my output from garuda-inxi as well as my xboxdrv config:


silent = true
device-name = "Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver"
mimic-xpad = true
deadzone = 4000

dbus = disabled

garuda-inxi output:

Kernel: 6.2.7-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.2.1
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
root=UUID=7008a40f-c3f0-4bd6-95ff-33b44c2900dc rw [email protected]
quiet quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0
loglevel=3 nvdia-drm.modeset=1 ibt=off
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.27.3 tk: Qt v: 5.15.8 wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM
Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Desktop System: Gigabyte product: B450M DS3H v: N/A
serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: Gigabyte model: B450M DS3H-CF serial: <superuser required>
UEFI: American Megatrends LLC. v: F63b date: 05/11/2022
Info: model: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Zen 2 gen: 3
level: v3 note: check built: 2020-22 process: TSMC n7 (7nm)
family: 0x17 (23) model-id: 0x71 (113) stepping: 0 microcode: 0x8701021
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 384 KiB desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 3 MiB desc: 6x512 KiB
L3: 32 MiB desc: 2x16 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 3595 high: 3600 min/max: 2200/4208 boost: enabled
scaling: driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: performance cores: 1: 3590 2: 3600
3: 3581 4: 3593 5: 3600 6: 3600 7: 3600 8: 3595 9: 3600 10: 3600 11: 3600
12: 3592 bogomips: 86243
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
Vulnerabilities: <filter>
Device-1: NVIDIA TU116 [GeForce GTX 1660] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: nvidia
v: 525.89.02 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 525.xx+
status: current (as of 2023-02) arch: Turing code: TUxxx
process: TSMC 12nm FF built: 2018-22 pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16
bus-ID: 06:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:2184 class-ID: 0300
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.7 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.8
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: nvidia gpu: nvidia display-ID: :0
screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 5760x1080 s-dpi: 101 s-size: 1449x272mm (57.05x10.71")
s-diag: 1474mm (58.04")
Monitor-1: DP-0 pos: primary,center res: 1920x1080 hz: 75 dpi: 85
size: 576x324mm (22.68x12.76") diag: 661mm (26.02") modes: N/A
Monitor-2: DVI-D-0 pos: left res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 102
size: 476x268mm (18.74x10.55") diag: 546mm (21.51") modes: N/A
Monitor-3: HDMI-0 pos: right res: 1920x1080 hz: 75 dpi: 85
size: 576x324mm (22.68x12.76") diag: 661mm (26.02") modes: N/A
API: OpenGL v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 525.89.02 renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX
1660/PCIe/SSE2 direct-render: Yes
Device-1: NVIDIA TU116 High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 1-1:2 chip-ID: 0d8c:0012 pcie:
class-ID: 0300 gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 06:00.1
chip-ID: 10de:1aeb class-ID: 0403
Device-2: AMD Starship/Matisse HD Audio vendor: Gigabyte
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16
bus-ID: 08:00.4 chip-ID: 1022:1487 class-ID: 0403
Device-3: C-Media USB Audio Device type: USB
driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid
Sound API: ALSA v: k6.2.7-zen1-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-1: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: no
Sound Server-2: PipeWire v: 0.3.67 running: yes
Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Gigabyte driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s
lanes: 1 port: f000 bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp4s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Device-2: Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter type: USB driver: usbfs
bus-ID: 1-5:4 chip-ID: 045e:0719 class-ID: ff00 serial: <filter>
Local Storage: total: 7.06 TiB used: 4.91 TiB (69.6%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Silicon Power
model: SPCC Solid State Disk size: 238.47 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 91.3
scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Hitachi model: HDS5C3030ALA630
size: 2.73 TiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
type: HDD rpm: 5700 serial: <filter> rev: A580 scheme: GPT
ID-3: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 vendor: Hitachi model: HDS723020BLA642
size: 1.82 TiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial: <filter> rev: A5C0 scheme: GPT
ID-4: /dev/sdd maj-min: 8:48 vendor: Samsung model: HD103SI
size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s
type: N/A serial: <filter> rev: 1118 scheme: GPT
ID-5: /dev/sde maj-min: 8:64 type: USB vendor: JMicron Tech model: N/A
size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B type: N/A
serial: <filter> rev: 0509 scheme: MBR
ID-6: /dev/sdf maj-min: 8:80 type: USB vendor: Toshiba model: MQ01ABF050
size: 465.76 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B type: HDD
rpm: 5400 serial: <filter> scheme: GPT
ID-1: / raw-size: 97.66 GiB size: 97.66 GiB (100.00%)
used: 14.14 GiB (14.5%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sdc2 maj-min: 8:34
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 1 GiB size: 1023 MiB (99.80%)
used: 608 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sdc3 maj-min: 8:35
ID-3: /home raw-size: 1.71 TiB size: 1.71 TiB (100.00%)
used: 485.47 GiB (27.8%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sdc4 maj-min: 8:36
ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 97.66 GiB size: 97.66 GiB (100.00%)
used: 14.14 GiB (14.5%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sdc2 maj-min: 8:34
ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 97.66 GiB size: 97.66 GiB (100.00%)
used: 14.14 GiB (14.5%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sdc2 maj-min: 8:34
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.54 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100
dev: /dev/zram0
ID-2: swap-2 type: partition size: 16.34 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
priority: -2 dev: /dev/sdc1 maj-min: 8:33
System Temperatures: cpu: 52.0 C mobo: 33.0 C gpu: nvidia temp: 43 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 35%
Processes: 354 Uptime: 36m wakeups: 0 Memory: 15.54 GiB
used: 5.61 GiB (36.1%) Init: systemd v: 253 default: graphical
tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 12.2.1 clang: 15.0.7 Packages: pm: pacman
pkgs: 1821 libs: 453 tools: octopi,paru Shell: fish v: 3.6.0 default: Bash
v: 5.1.16 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.25
Garuda (2.6.15-1):
System install date:     2023-03-19
Last full system update: 2023-03-21
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       snapper NetworkManager dracut nvidia-dkms
Windows dual boot:       Probably (Run as root to verify)
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