Factorio, the popular automated construction simulation game, has recently introduced controller support. Originally available in the experimental branch with update 1.1.87, it has now been rolled out to the main stable release. This new feature offers several advantages, particularly improving the game’s performance on Steam Deck, the handheld gaming device by Valve.
Easy Transition to Controller Input
To switch to the controller input method while playing the game, users can navigate to the Settings menu followed by the Controls tab, as mentioned in the patch notes. Additionally, players have the option to enable “contextual hotkey hints,” which displays icons on the interface to indicate the corresponding controller buttons for specific actions. This visual aid enhances the user experience, making it easier for players to adapt to the controller interface.
Improved Compatibility on Steam Deck
Valve’s Steam Deck compatibility testing rates Factorio as “playable” on the platform. However, one issue previously flagged was the inaccessibility of certain functions when using the default controller configuration, requiring players to resort to the touchscreen or virtual keyboard. With the introduction of official controller support, this problem has been resolved. Now, players can fully enjoy the game on Steam Deck without any limitations.
Benefits of Controller Usage
Apart from the compatibility aspect, controllers like the Xbox pad offer better accessibility compared to traditional keyboard and mouse setups. This is particularly beneficial for players who prefer a more relaxed and comfortable gaming experience. With controller support, Factorio becomes more accessible to a wider range of players, accommodating different playstyles and preferences.
Moreover, the recent update not only addresses the controller support feature but also includes bug fixes, introduces new scripting and modding functionalities, and incorporates various quality-of-life improvements. The development team of Factorio has been actively releasing periodic updates, ensuring that players receive the best possible gaming experience.
While the developers have been working on an undisclosed expansion for the past two years, the base game of Factorio continues to be regarded as one of the top management games available on PC. With its engaging gameplay mechanics and now improved controller support, Factorio remains a popular choice among players seeking a challenging and immersive gaming experience in the world of automated construction simulations.