How to Connect Natively Supported Devices

Cymatically Muffed features native support for many devices. Most controllers will work with the game, but those found below will have device-specific in-game glyphs and icons.

Icons Key

How to connect via USB cable.

How to connect via Bluetooth.

Power management info.

Various other info about the device.

Xbox Series

Connect via USB-C cable.

Power on device. Hold the ))) button on the top of the controller for a few seconds. The Xbox logo will begin flashing to denote pairing mode.

Press start button to power on. Hold the Xbox button for ~5 seconds to power off.

Xbox One

Connect via micro-USB cable.

Power on device. Hold the ))) button on the top of the controller for a few seconds. The Xbox logo will begin flashing to denote pairing mode.

Hold Xbox button for ~6 seconds to power off. Press the button for a few moments to power on.

Xbox 360

Wired (not wireless with a charging cable) controllers can be used with most PCs just by plugging it in. Wireless controllers require a receiver.

PlayStation 5 Controller

Connect via USB-C cable.

Hold the PS button and Create \|/ button for a few seconds until led blinks rapidly to start pairing mode.

Hold the PS button for ~15 seconds to power off. Press the button to power on.

PlayStation 4 Controller

Connect via micro-USB cable.

Power on by holding down the Share and then PS button for a few seconds. Light will start strobing to indicate pairing mode.

Hold the PS button for ~6 seconds to power off. Hold the button for a few moments to power on.

PlayStation 3 Controller

Connect via mini-USB cable.

Connecting your PS3 controller via bluetooth can be done, but it comes with a lot more leg work than getting it into pairing mode (except on MacOS strangely enough, where it seems to pair anytime you connect it with a USB cable). If this is something you're interested in pursuing, we recommend starting your research here.

Using the PS3 controller on Mac and Linux seems to generally work fine, but sometimes can be finicky to get connected right away (once connected, try pressing the PS and Start buttons a couple times to get it to recognize the device and let the buttons work). On Windows, this seems to be very tricky and usually requires custom third-party device drivers. Once working the device is great, but getting it working can be a hassle. For this reason, we recommend PlayStation users to use PS4 and PS5 controllers.

Nintendo Switch Pro

Connect via USB-C cable.

Hold the small Sync button on the top of the controller for a few seconds. Lights on the bottom of the controller will begin to blink back and forth to denote pairing mode.

Press the Sync button on the top of the controller for just a moment to power off. Press a few buttons to power on.

Bluetooth mode is recommended, as wired mode can be finicky unless on Windows.

Atari VCS Modern Controller

Connect via micro-USB cable.

When turned off, hold the Atari logo button until it starts flashing quickly to start pairing mode.

Hold Atari button for ~3 seconds to power off. Press the button once quickly to power on.

When connected via USB cable, press and hold the Start & Back buttons for ~5 seconds to switch modes (between PC Mode [Atari Light Off] and VCS Mode [Atari Light On]). On Windows and Linux, use the device in PC Mode. On MacOS, use the device in VCS Mode.

Redragon Saturn

Connect via USB cable.

When in Direct-Input mode, press the Home button until 2 lights are illuminated for buttons to work correctly. Direct-Input mode required on MacOS, and recommended on Windows since this device conflicts with the Atari VCS's GUID and will not be detected correctly. X-Input mode is recommended on Linux.

Steam Controller

Steam Controller dongle connection is preferred for wireless connection. Hold X and Steam button to power on controller into wireless dongle mode.

Connect via micro-USB cable.

Hold Y and Steam button to power on controller in pairing mode. (may require a firmware update)

Hold Steam button for a few moments to power on or off.

Steam Link Touch

Steam Link Touch is a free app provided by Valve that allows you to stream and/or control your Steam games with a virtual controller on your mobile device.

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Platforms Support Info

When using Steam editions of the game, to enable the Atari VCS Modern and Redragon Saturn controllers' native support, you must disable Steam Input for the game and disconnect/reconnect your controller. By default (with Steam Input enabled), they will be recognized as either Unknown or standard Xbox 360 devices, but will still function.

Steam Controller and Steam Link Touch are only supported on Steam editions of Muffed. They will not be detected natively or otherwise without some sort of third party device drivers and such.

All devices are recognized as Xbox controllers on the Xbox Edition of Muffed.

Known Non-Natively Supported Devices

Non-natively supported controllers can be used to play the game, but on-screen input glyphs and device icons may not match your device.

  • Generic Direct-Input Controllers
  • Generic X-Input Controllers
  • PowerA GameCube-Style Nintendo Switch Controller
  • Logitech F310 (X-Input Preferred, can be changed with the switch on the back)

Higher Bluetooth Bandwidth

If you wish to connect more devices via bluetooth, you may need to increase your system's bluetooth bandwidth. This can be accomplished with devices like the AIRcable Host XR5.

Limited USB Ports?

Pretty much all devices with a USB port will support the use of a USB hub. With high-volume USB hubs, it is a good idea to get one that has supplemental power to ensure it can power all your devices. For example: this 10-port hub would work fine.

Device Connection Limits

Cymatically Muffed supports 16 simultaniously connected devices. Below are the limits of connecting various devices:

  • Generic X-input and/or Xbox controllers are NOT limited to 4 devices. This will be handled automatically on non-Steam editions of Muffed. On Steam editions, you need to enable the "Extended Xbox" option in your Steam Input Controller settings.
  • Each Steam Controller wireless dongle can connect up to 4 Steam Controllers.
  • When using Steam Controller wireless dongles, each connected dongle will reserve 4 slots, regardless of how many Steam Controllers are connected to it.
  • Most PC bluetooth radios have a concurrent device limit of 5-7. If you'd like to connect more controllers via bluetooth, you will most likely need higher bluetooth bandwidth.

Device Flags

Anytime a device connection is changed, or the game is rendering a menu, device flags are displayed for each connected device. Flags on the left, rendered with a colored border, depict devices that have joined the game. Flags on the right depict devices that have connected, but have not joined the game.

Device Disconnected

When a device becomes disconnected while still joined, a "Device Disconnected" screen will appear. If the device is reconnected, the screen will simply disappear and the game will resume. While this screen is present, the Primary Device can hold a button to kick the device and its player from the game, and non-joined devices can press a button to take this device's seat. When the seat is taken, this new device inherits the seat's player, color, etc. This is useful when you have multiple devices, and one stops functioning due to battery loss or some other issue, so you can keep playing.

All info found on this page is provided as-is. Use at your own risk.