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Amazon Fire TV - Xbox One Controller #116

miketweaver opened this Issue Dec 3, 2015 · 6 comments


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miketweaver commented Dec 3, 2015

I am unable to get the Xbox One controller wired working with the Fire TV. When I plug the controller in, it blinks for a little bit, and then the white power light goes off. I'm able to use other controllers (borrowed for testing) but I've had zero success with the Xbox One via a wired connection.

I have v3.1.13, downloaded from the Amazon App store. I am able to get the controller working on my Nexus 5 just fine via an OTA cable.

With the Fire TV2 root just opening up, if I need to root the device to fix it, I have no issues with that.

@miketweaver miketweaver changed the title from Amazon Fire TV - Steam Controller to Amazon Fire TV - Xbox One Controller Dec 3, 2015


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memerboy88 commented Dec 4, 2015

Having the same problem with the xbox one controller causing my Note 5 to crash and reboot.


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cgutman commented Dec 4, 2015

@memerboy88 There's a firmware bug on the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ that causes a device crash when using the USB host APIs built into Android. I've reported the issue to Samsung and I'm waiting to hear back from them.

@miketweaver I looked into this issue tonight and it appears that the USB host API for requesting permission to connect to a USB device (critical for the driver to connect) is broken on the Fire TV 2. It tries to show the system permission dialog but can't for some reason. I reported the issue on Amazon's developer forum.

Apparently, I'm one of a small number of apps that actually use these USB APIs. I guess they don't get much testing time, so they're frequently broken.


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memerboy88 commented Dec 4, 2015

@cgutman good to know xd thanks


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miketweaver commented Dec 5, 2015

@cgutman Awesome. Lets hope someone at Amazon can help.
In the meantime, maybe we could look at a work around? These people seem to have a similar issue and were able to bypass the prompt for rooted devices.

If that's not the best way, do you know a way of injecting this driver into android itself?

Note: It's not just your app with this issue. I've done some additional research an have found USB/BT Joystick 2015 had the same issue. I use it to access my Xbox One controller on my phone and map it to a Xbox 360 setting. It normally prompts for access, but on the FireTV it will not prompt either.


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miketweaver commented Dec 19, 2015

While Amazon works on this, those that have root access can use this workaround. I compiled a kernel module that allows the Xbox One Controller to function. Just follow the steps on this forum post and you'll be good:


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