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It seems like different controllers have their buttons mapped differently. I was wondering if there was some sort of standard. X is the first button, then A, then B, then Y. I looked and couldn't find any standards anywhere.

EDIT: I'm specifically talking about controllers used with computers. Usually with 2 joysticks, a hat, 4 letter buttons, 2 triggers, and 2 bumpers.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ It's not guaranteed for a game controller to have an X button. For instance most NES USB controllers only have A and B. They'll probably won't have a pre-defined standard for this same reason. They don't want to leave out 2 numbers in this sequence because the xbox controller has an A and B instead of square and triangle \$\endgroup\$
    – Bálint
    Jan 19 '18 at 18:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ Balint but most controllers for computers have 4 buttons(ABXY or whatever) \$\endgroup\$
    – CMLSC
    Jan 19 '18 at 18:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ NES controllers are used with computers. A lot of people use emulators \$\endgroup\$
    – Bálint
    Jan 19 '18 at 18:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Balint I'm talking about the standards for the more common controllers. :/ \$\endgroup\$
    – CMLSC
    Jan 19 '18 at 18:54
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There is no completely universal standard.

Anyone could make a USB gamepad that looks outwardly like a standard Xbox controller, for example, but reports its buttons to the PC in a completely arbitrary order that doesn't match up to any other device. Even the same controller can report its controls in a different order depending on the host platform & driver.

The Rewired project includes an attempt to fit a wide array of common PC gamepads to a shared template. While they cover many devices, it's still not a universal standard, but it's the most comprehensive standardization attempt that I know of.

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