Does Honkai Star Rail Have Controller Support?

Are you able to kick back and play the game using your favorite gamepad?

by J.R. Waugh
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You’re booting up the latest creation from HoYoverse and are ready to immerse yourself in the colorful world with some fun combat and catchy music. You figure it’ll be a breezy, intuitive experience where you can rush the tutorial to get some fantastic pulls, so you decide to turn on your gamepad to relax. Only, you’ll find, your character won’t move and the button prompts won’t change. You might be wondering whether or not Honkai: Star Rail even has controller support, or when it will, so read on!

Honkai: Star Rail Controller Support — Will My Gamepad Work?

Honkai: Star Rail does have controller support, but only widely on PC at the moment, with mobile not currently working. If you plug in your PlayStation or Xbox controller during a session of HSR, for instance, you’ll see the prompts change to reflect the face buttons of your chosen gamepad. If you’re trying while starting, a window will show saying its use is restricted in the tutorial.

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Does HSR Not Have Controller Support for Mobile?

When trying the same on mobile, Android, or iOS alike, it currently does not respond. You’ll only see the touchscreen controls, at least for now. If you try to connect your controller wirelessly or plug it in, you’ll likely see no difference when trying to play, which can be a bit of a bummer for players. However, the controls are comfortable, and the turn-based combat makes for a fairly approachable experience on the touchscreen.

For what it’s worth though, if you’re able to play Honkai: Star Rail on PC, the controller support feels comfortable and seamless, with easy transitions between mouse and keyboard to the gamepad. It’s frustrating to know that the pieces are there to make things work for mobile, but players might have to wait for a while yet.

- This article was updated on April 25th, 2023

About The Author

J.R. is a content creator with AOTF and has been covering gaming and entertainment in the industry since 2022. Along with a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, he has studied at the University of Birmingham, UK, and part of his M.A. at the University of Waterloo. You'll find J.R. particularly at home writing about the hottest manga and anime. He is highly passionate about horror, strategy, and RPGs, and anything about Star Trek or LOTR. When not ranting about fan theories or writing guides, J.R. also manages his local movie theater.