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Some users experiencing issues with game controllers in macOS Monterey 12.3

Following the macOS 12.3 update released on March 14, some Mac users have experienced issues with game controllers after installing the new software.

Complaints on the Apple Developer Forums and Reddit suggest that some Xbox, PlayStation, and other third-party controllers don’t work over Bluetooth. Not all users seem to be affected, as some people have reported that their controllers work as expected, so it’s unclear what’s going on.

Those who are having issues connect their controllers to their Macs via Bluetooth and then cannot use the controllers in Mac games. Some with problematic controllers were able to use the controllers on the web, but for some the controllers don’t work at all. From the Apple Developer Forums:

Also experiencing the same problem. My Nimbus+ controller will not work with Apple Arcade after updating to Monterey 12.3. I can connect via Bluetooth, but none of the buttons work. I’m sure there are many Mac gamers with the same problem and I hope Apple will fix it soon.

Other users were able to get their controllers working for some games, but not others:

Same issues here. My controller works in some games, but not everywhere:

-macOS: 12.3 (21E230)
– Xbox Wireless Controller:
– Manufacturing ID: 0x045E
– Product ID: 0x02FD
– Firmware: 9.0.3
– Additional type: Joystick

Working in apps:
– Steam
– Pac-Man party
– The Pathless

DOES NOT WORK in applications:
– Sonic Race
– Asphalt 8+
– Interception of agents

Those with controllers having issues have tried removing the controller from the Bluetooth menu and reconnecting it, but that doesn’t seem to fix the problem. There is no known fix for the problematic controllers at this time, so this may be something Apple will need to address in a future software update.

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