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How to Fix Nightmare Kart Controller Issues on PC

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Nightmare Kart, previously known as Bloodborne Kart, is now available for free on and Steam. This PSX-styled kart racer is an absolute joy to play and has loads of options to emulate the PSX look. While flawless in its presentation, there are a few technical issues players can run into. If you can’t get your controller to work with Nightmare Kart, here is how you can fix that.

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Fixing Controller Issues in Nightmare Kart

Nightmare Kart has native support for Xbox controllers, but if you want to play with a PlayStation controller like the Dual Shock 4 or Dualsense, you need to enable Steam Input.

To make sure Steam Input is active for Nightmare Kart, follow the steps below.

  • Open Steam, and navigate to your library
  • Right-click on Nightmare Kart, and select Properties
  • Here, in the Controller tab, make sure Enable Steam Input is selected in the dropdown

That’s all you need to do. For Xbox controllers, you can disable Steam Input entirely.

Multiple users, including myself, couldn’t get the PlayStation controller to work properly with the game, leading to unresponsive controls but the incredible Lilith Walther updated the game to ensure Steam Input works as it should. Now, no matter what non-Xbox controller you plug in, you won’t have an issue.

Nightmare Kart has prompts for both Xbox and PlayStation controller types. You can switch these while you’re in a race in the button rebinding screen.

You can also rebind controls to your liking, which is always a plug. While I prefer playing this with a controller, Nightmare Kart players perfectly well on a keyboard as well.

If you’re still running into any controller issues while playing Nightmare Kart, make sure to restart Steam once to ensure that the update has been applied. Apart from that, you can try the following.

A Bloodborne Remaster or Remake might not be a reality just yet, but Nightmare Kart is the next best thing. It’s full of love for the source material and an incredibly fun time.

Even though Bloodborne isn’t coming to PC anytime soon, God of War Ragnarok and Until Dawn Remake are, so that’s something.

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Ali Hashmi
Ali has been writing about video games for the past six years and is always on the lookout for the next indie game to obsess over and recommend to everyone in sight. When he isn't spending an unhealthy amount of time in Slay the Spire, he's probably trying out yet another retro-shooter or playing Dark Souls for the 50th time.