All MaxxStick Pro Keyboard Joysticks Shipped After January 1, 2024 Have Our Newest Plug-and-Play Firmware Preinstalled.

Getting Started

Setup:
MaxxStick LE & Lite

We are incredibly thankful for your purchase of our MaxxStick LE/Lite keyboard joystick. Please follow the instructions on this website to make your first-time set up as easy as possible. 

About the MaxxStick LE & Lite

The MaxxStick LE and Lite are our simplified offering on Amazon. We designed it to be simple to use and get you gaming right away. As a result, it has less features and controls than our Pro models.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The LE/Lite differs from the Pro

Firmware updates made for the Pro models are NOT compatible with the MaxxStick LE. If you try to install the Pro model firmware on an LE, the LE will fail. You will be forced to reinstall the original LE firmware to get it to work again.

The MaxxStick LE and Lite differ from our Pro models in the following ways.

ModelPro

LE/Lite

MCU133MHz Dual Core CPU133MHz Dual-Core CPU
CableBraided Detachable 6ft USB-C CableBuilt-in Fixed 6ft USB Cord
WristpadWrist Rest includedNot included or required
ConfigurationFull Web Configuration GUINot compatible with Web GUI
Upgradable FirmwareYesNo
Fortnite Movement LockEnabled through Web UtilityEnabled through Button Presses
Deadzone AdjustmentYesNo
Xinput ModeYesYes
Switchable to Keyboard ModeYesNo
Switchable to DirectInput ModeYesNo
Console (XBox and Playstation) SupportNoNo
Polling Rate100Hz to 1000Hz Adjustable500Hz

Working with Gamepad Tester

The MaxxStick LE and Lite will work great in games. However, websites like Gamepad Tester will not recognize without changing a flag in Chrome. To see movement on Gamepad Tester and chromium-based browsers, do the following:

  1. Copy the following URL:
    OR go to chrome://flags and search for “gaming.”
  2. Paste the copied URL into a new tab in your browser. This will take you to the “Experiments” page.
  3. Find the “Enable Windows.Gaming.Input” setting on the page (should be the first entry).
  4. Change the dropdown next to the “Enable Windows.Gaming.Input” option from “Default” to “Disabled.”
  5. Click the “Relaunch” button that appears at the bottom of the page to restart your browser.

Your joystick movement will now show in Gamepad Tester.

Required Fortnite In-Game Settings

To ensure you can use the MaxxStick fluidly within Fortnite, the following user settings need to be enabled.

In Fortnite Settings -> Mouse and Keyboard Tab -> turn off “Ignore gamepad input” and turn on “Lock input method as mouse”.

As you joystick spring will wear, you may need to adjust the deadzone in game. Go to controller settings and increase the Left Stick Deadzone as required.

The joystick button is mapped to controller button A. In Fortnite, you can remap the action of controller button A by going to the Controller settings, choosing custom controller binds, and remapping button A.

Fortnite Movement Lock

One common challenge in Fortnite when moving with an analog controller is managing the strafe angles – that is, how far you tilt the stick when moving left or right. Go beyond a certain angle, and your character switches from a run to a slower walk, a phenomenon we like to call “bot-walking.”

Movement Lock is a feature we developed to allow players to have full 360-degree analog movement and optimized strafe zones. These special zones on the left and right ensure your character always moves at the maximum strafe angle, preventing unwanted slow-downs. No more accidental bot-walking; just consistent, swift movement that keeps you in the thick of the action.

To activate or deactivate our Movement Lock feature on your MaxxStick LE, simply use a paperclip to short-press the Multi-Button. This is the small button located in the tiny hole at the bottom of the LE. A short-press is less than 1 second.

Your Movement Lock selection is saved in memory onboard your MaxxStick LE, so it remembers your last choice even if you unplug the device.

Fortnite Chapter 5 Update

When we developed the MaxxStick LE during Fortnite Chapter 4, the ideal maximum strafe angle had been 76-degrees. However, with the release of Fortnite Chapter 5, Epic Games introduced significant changes to character movement. Our testing revealed that any strafe angle over 71.3-degrees now leads to bot-walking.

As a result, we released a special hotfix firmware update for LE owners so that they can achieve that perfect 71.3-degree strafe angle. 

How To Install Our Hotfix

The video explains how to update your MaxxStick.

  1. Download the MaxxStick Payload UF2 File: Click here to download.
    IMPORTANT: it’s a special file for your MaxxStick, not for your computer. So, don’t try to open it– just download it.
  2. Unplug Your MaxxStick: Disconnect the USB cable from your MaxxStick LE.
  3. Press the Multi-Button: Use a paperclip to press and hold down the button at the bottom of your MaxxStick LE (called the Multi-Button).
  4. Reconnect While Holding the Multi-Button: Continue holding the button and plug the USB cable back in. You can release the Multi-Button after plugging in. A File Explorer window should pop up for a drive named ‘RPI-RP2’. If it doesn’t, open File Explorer and look for ‘RPI-RP2’.
  5. Transfer the Payload File: Drag the .uf2 payload file from your downloads directly into the File Explorer window for the ‘RPI-RP2’ drive. Once the file is copied, the thumb drive window will close, and your MaxxStick LE will be updated.

 

That’s it. Now when you activate Movement Lock, the maximum strafe angle is 71.3-degrees. So get out there and earn those Victory Royales!

Still struggling with your joystick?

Do NOT return to Amazon.

If you face any problems with your MaxxStick, DO NOT return it to your retailer. Our knowledgeable team is here to help. Get assistance for your purchase through the support page of our website.