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LordJarco's Avatar

03.02.2013 , 07:44 PM | #1
Apologies for my newbness, can I use a video game controller (Xbox wired) instead of having to use keyboard
Please help

Alphasgimaone's Avatar

03.02.2013 , 08:05 PM | #2

And there's no reason to. Even if you could, you would be extremely handicapping yourself.
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anthemambient's Avatar

03.02.2013 , 09:04 PM | #3
You can, yes. But it's not supported within the SWTOR settings for a gamepad, but you can download Pinnacle or any similar keyboard to gamepad software and it'll let you use the 360 controller or any controller within any game [ at least Pinnacle does for me ].

I'm handicapped so there are certain games I use a gamepad to play games instead of keyboard/mouse, and third-party voice control software, like Tazti, to perform actions.
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KBerling's Avatar

03.02.2013 , 11:03 PM | #4
You're going to need to quickly utilize up to 20 or more commands and also move around in battle. I doubt that is possible with a controller.

sumuji's Avatar

03.02.2013 , 11:28 PM | #5
Yeah, the game would need to be pretty much designed with a controller in mind. They don't make MMO's for controllers except for Final Fantasy for the PS3. Can be done but it seems like it would make you seriously handicapped.

Cleet_Xia's Avatar

03.03.2013 , 06:59 AM | #6
Well, if you could set up the bindings on the buttons so that 4 buttons were modifiers (think shift key) & still have 6 buttons left to assign bindings too, you could certainly play with 30 active "abilities".

left stick - camera control
right stick - tooltip (mouse directional)
left trigger - forward
right trigger - jump
back - strafe left ~or~ camera in
start - strafe right ~or~ camera out

Your other bindings would be something like this ~button 1,2,3,4 the directional pad
Button A,B,X,Y, black, white
Button 1 + A,B,X,Y, black, white
Button 2 + A,B,X,Y, black, white
Button 3 + A,B,X,Y, black, white
Button 4 + A,B,X,Y, black, white

I can see that working out BETTER THAN fine with any of the 3 classes I've played to level 50. In fact ~ that's really all you need.

The game would be easier to play with a keyboard & mouse, but if you have to use a controller ~ I don't see that it couldn't be done. What would make it different ~ is you would have to pick between steering your toon & activating abilities. So you wouldn't be doing a whole lot of casting while moving.

Certain AC's and specs can get by with a LOT less ~ Gunnery Commando and Telekinetics Sage for examples. You could be a damn fine Commando or Sage healer with only 12 "hotkeyed" abilities. And neither really requires you to be mobile too much while casting in PvE.

You will have to leave off the out of combat stuff like, quick travels, speeders, pets, field mailboxes, class buff, etc. ~ but that won't impair your ability to play or even kick ***.
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