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How to Play SWTOR with a Video Game Controller

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How to Play SWTOR with a Video Game Controller

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PeepsMcJuggs
12.13.2011 , 04:02 PM | #1
Haters beware: this is NOT a debate thread. This thread is intended for instructional purposes ONLY for anyone interested in playing SWTOR using a video game controller. As verified by the moderators, discussions on the merits of controller use are off-topic, and will be flagged as such. If you feel the need to argue, please make your own thread.

During beta testing, a couple of us figured out how to use PS3/360 controllers to great effect in playing this game, but since it took a while to hammer out the process, we decided to share this info.

The pre-wipe thread on this topic quickly grew beyond its original parameters, so I''ve created a blog to better organize the instructions. I will be updating it as more info/suggestions become available: http://swtorpeeps.blogspot.com/

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How to Play SWTOR with a Video Game Controller:

I highly recommend you look into the PS3 or XBOX keypads. They're a major game-changer for controller use in an MMO.


PS3 Controller/Keypad Installation Instructions

XBOX 360 Controller/Chatpad Installation Instructions

XPadder Configuration and Sample SWTOR Mappings

Pinnacle Game Profiler Configuration and Mappings

Please continue to ask technical questions and comments in this thread, where the mods can keep it on-topic and constructive.
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WraithAscendant
12.13.2011 , 04:03 PM | #2
I salute a fellow console player o7.
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justdodd
12.13.2011 , 04:05 PM | #3
I approve of this thread.

I won't be using a controller for an MMO myself, but I use it for other games such as GTA 4 and Skyrim.

Bravo OP, thanks for the information.
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Jacen_Starsolo
12.13.2011 , 05:51 PM | #4
I'm glad you came along and reposted this information.

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Itaruga
12.13.2011 , 07:40 PM | #5
I really appreciate you starting this tutorial for folks who prefer a controller. Because of an injury on my left hand, I have trouble using wasd for prolonged periods of time. It's easier on my hand to use a thumb stick. I am using a wired xbox 360 controller. I've finally figured out how to map controller buttons to keyboard. But I am kind of stuck or confused. How to I get the right thumbstick to emulate camera movement? Thank you for your time! EDIT: Sorry I forgot to mention I'm using the XPadder setup.
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PeepsMcJuggs
12.13.2011 , 07:51 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by Itaruga View Post
I really appreciate you starting this tutorial for folks who prefer a controller. Because of an injury on my left hand, I have trouble using wasd for prolonged periods of time. It's easier on my hand to use a thumb stick. I am using a wired xbox 360 controller. I've finally figured out how to map controller buttons to keyboard. But I am kind of stuck or confused. How to I get the right thumbstick to emulate camera movement? Thank you for your time! EDIT: Sorry I forgot to mention I'm using the XPadder setup.
http://swtorpeeps.blogspot.com/2011/...adder-for.html

Skip down to "Camera Rotation." Let me know if you have any questions!
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Itaruga
12.13.2011 , 08:13 PM | #7
Fast reply thanks! That's what I'm following. But the pictures are not some clear on some buttons. Also, I've never played the beta so I don't know what keyboard buttons does what. I am using google to answer some of that. I figured out autorun. I need keyboard buttons for rest, loot, in combat self buff 1, in combat self buff 2, and yeah, ability/camera movement. I have xpadder version 2011.05.13. Also, are any of the files configurations you uploaded one of Khalirei's? Thanks, sorry to bother you, trying to learn what I can on my own. Just got stuck a bit.Ok sorry, I understand about the camera, but where is the advanced options? 2nd edit. Dang that was a headache I figurted it out lol. Need help with the rest, loot self buff 1 and 2. I haven't gotten to layout 2 and 3 yet.....I'll keep you posted with any more questions. I feel bad for bothering you lol Edit 3: I see Target is the Tab key, what are the keys for Friendly target? I am a bit confused for on the dpad buttons layouts 1 and 2. Pictures show differently than what is being described. Are bags the same thing as inventory? what's the difference?
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PeepsMcJuggs
12.13.2011 , 09:33 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Itaruga View Post
Fast reply thanks! That's what I'm following. But the pictures are not some clear on some buttons. Also, I've never played the beta so I don't know what keyboard buttons does what. I am using google to answer some of that. I figured out autorun. I need keyboard buttons for rest, loot, in combat self buff 1, in combat self buff 2, and yeah, ability/camera movement. I have xpadder version 2011.05.13. Also, are any of the files configurations you uploaded one of Khalirei's? Thanks, sorry to bother you, trying to learn what I can on my own. Just got stuck a bit.Ok sorry, I understand about the camera, but where is the advanced options? 2nd edit. Dang that was a headache I figurted it out lol. Need help with the rest, loot self buff 1 and 2. I haven't gotten to layout 2 and 3 yet.....I'll keep you posted with any more questions. I feel bad for bothering you lol Edit 3: I see Target is the Tab key, what are the keys for Friendly target? I am a bit confused for on the dpad buttons layouts 1 and 2. Pictures show differently than what is being described.
No worries: it is a pain to set up initially, which is why I created this thread in the first place

My configurations are posted here: http://www.mediafire.com/?3hl5gf6wlw8jq

Yeah, sorry about the photo...I need to replace the image in layout 3 for the Jedi Consular. The Imperial Agent layout image is accurate (scroll further down the page), and they're essentially the same setup with a few minor tweaks.

Friendly target is Ctrl-Tab (R1 in my setup). Looting is done by right-clicking corpses. Check out Khalerei's notes on that page. In SWTOR's settings, you can check off auto-loot and loot area (among other things), so all you have to do is right-click a single corpse to pick up all nearby loot.

As for self buff, the Alt-1 thru Alt-= buttons are the ones I use for buffs (I have them bound to my right quicktab...though they are unbound by default). Self-target modifier is unbound by default, so it's something you're going to have to configure in-game. I had it bound to the ' key so I could use it on my keypad, but I'm probably going to have it bound to the PS button in my next configuration, as apparently the PS3 keypad only registers keystrokes as single clicks, not as a held button.
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PeepsMcJuggs
12.13.2011 , 09:58 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Itaruga View Post
I think I might have to wait and get in to the game first before I am able to finish my controller layout. I literally am getting a headache lol. How is movement working out for you while using up down with strafe left and right? Does it cause any difficulties? I might use one of your ps3 controller layouts using the xbox 360 controller though. Is Crouch the same as take cover?
Movement is flawless, especially because in the very last beta build, they changed strafe and back strafe to 100% speed. When used in conjunction with right-click camera control (which has your character face whatever direction the camera is facing), you essentially have third-person shooter-style movement.

Crouch is not the same as take cover...crouch was introduced after I created that Agent profile, so I'll probably modify the setup when I get in game. Take cover rolls you into the nearest natural cover, or if none is available, deploys mobile cover (once you acquire it around lvl 6). Crouch just drops you where you stand and deploys mobile cover.

Rolling into natural cover is the preferred option, as the action is about twice as fast as deploying mobile cover and tends to offer better defensive bonuses, but sometimes you just need to take a knee so you can use your cover-only abilities.

Edit: And yes, you're definitely going to want to get in game to finish your setup I provide mine as a guide, but obviously everyone should tweak the setup to what best suits them.
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PeepsMcJuggs
12.15.2011 , 03:44 AM | #10
I added a video tutorial for PGP if anyone needs help setting it up.

Edit: Ah, dammit, looks like the audio lost sync during the YouTube upload. I'll have to fix that tomorrow...
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