Chrome 86 enables the Windows.Gaming.Input API to better support gamepads.

A few weeks ago, Microsoft submitted a Chromium improvement — better support for gamepads by supporting the Windows.Gaming.Input API. Microsoft says there is a need to increase support for gamepads as more and more games are played online through browsers. Now that the API has been added to the Chrome 86 release, users can enable it with Flag, TechDows reported.

Chrome 86 enables the Windows.Gaming.Input API to better support gamepads.

Chrome already supports the Gamepad JavaScript API, but Microsoft believes that adding full support for the Windows.Gaming.Input API will provide better backward compatibility and increasesupport for dedicated gamepads such as the rumble trigger on the Xbox One handle and the dial on the Elite handle.

They also point out that low-level APIs like Raw Input are not supported on WCOS devices, while Windows.Gaming.Input APIs can be used on Windows Desktop (win32 apps) and Windows 10X.