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Requirements: Windows/Mac* Computer, Xbox Controller, Steam Client, a copy of DRLSim

*Note: While DRLSim is playable on Mac computers, this article deals with issues found on Windows PC’s specifically.

Article by: Gabriel Lara


The Drone Racing League Simulator is a Video Game/Simulator that teaches and allows you to pilot virtual drones, developed by the actual Drone Racing League. Simple to learn yet difficult to master, DRLSim gives everyone the opportunity to learn how to pilot drones, in a safe and comfortable environment.

Connecting a Controller to your PC Wirelessly

The most comfortable way to play the game is with a controller. If you’re on Windows 10, by default, almost all controllers will work- that said, we recommend using an Xbox Controller, as it has the highest compatibility out-of-the-box with all PC games. Simply plug and play- or, if your PC has Bluetooth, you can use the controller wirelessly. Wireless controllers require a few more steps, so we’ll cover that here.

For the following example, I’ll be using a DualShock 4 (PlayStation 4 Controller, more on this later). The process is the same for Xbox controllers, however.

  1. Make sure that your Computer’s Bluetooth is turned ON. On Windows 10, Click Start, Settings, then Devices. It should bring you to your Bluetooth settings.
  2. Click Add Bluetooth or Other Device. From “Add a Device,” Select Bluetooth. If you are pairing an Xbox Controller, Hold the Sync button- it should be at the Top of the controller. From your PC, you want to Select Xbox Wireless Controller.
    1. If you are using a DualShock 4, the process is the same- the Bluetooth sync in this case is Holding the Share and PS button at the same time, until the light bar starts blinking. On your PC, you want to look for “Wireless Controller”- again, more on this later.
  3. At this point, your Xbox controller should be ready to use- one common test we use is pressing the Xbox button on the controller, the Xbox Live Game Bar should pop up. However, if you wanted to use a PlayStation controller, you might find support is a little less easy to come by- the next section will discuss this further. If you’re satisfied with how your controller is connected, but are having issues in DRLSim, skip to Controller Issues in DRLSim.

Using a DualShock 4 (PlayStation 4 Controller) On PC

Steam naturally has built-in support for almost all controllers, and will usually detect and wrap your controls to properly be met. That said, DS4’s use d-input, an older controller input style. This is in contrast to Xbox controllers, which use the newer input style x-input. While Steam should take care of it for you, you may run into some issues with some games.

A fix I’ve personally used is called DS4Windows, a Free, Open-Source tool that detects and wraps a DS4’s inputs into x-input. Advantages of the software include more customizability (you can even change the lightbar color!), easy compatibility, and much more. One disadvantage, might be that games will read your controller as an Xbox controller, but the placement of these inputs should almost always be the same.

  1. Click Download Now- you’ll be brought to a GitHub Repository- Download
  2. Extract the zip, and then open DS4Windows.exe. The program should look like this:
  3. Under Settings, make sure that Hide DS4 Controller is ticked- if it isn’t, you may encounter some issues in certain games, such as double-reading inputs. All the other settings are personal choice.

Using this program might make things easier, but it IS NOT MANDATORY to make a DS4 Controller work!

Controller Issues in DRLSim

Despite Steam’s great compatibility with controllers, some players may discover that their controls aren’t being properly read by DRLSim. We’ve found that going through the following steps might fix this issue.

  1. Right Click on DRL Sim and Select “Properties”
  2. Under the “General” Tab, Go to “Steam Input Per-Game Setting.” From the drop-down menu, select Forced Off.
  3. This should fix the issue- however, we also recommend booting up DRLSim, and checking that it says “Xbox” at the bottom right corner. Clicking on this will bring you to the controller options- ensure that “Xbox” is selected from the drop down. We also recommend going through the Quick Calibration, so that you can set up the controls to your liking.