How to Play Battlefield 3 on PC With an Xbox 360 or PS3 Controller


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Before I get excoriated in the comments, let me issue a disclaimer: Mouse/Keyboard controls are and will always be superior to controllers, and people who play FPS’ with their mouse and keyboard are playing the games as they are meant to be played, and they will pwn the living daylights out of any roflcoptar dickless CoD n00b who dares to step into their crosshairs while wielding a console controller.

Now that that’s out of the way, let me take this moment to point out that there are actually some good reasons to use a console controller while playing Battlefield. They’re good for flying helicopters, for example, and the game makes it easy to switch seamlessly back and forth between the two control methods. Keep reading as I explain how to make that happen.

Xbox 360

Provided that you have a USB dongle that will recognize your Xbox 360 controller, using it in BF3 is a cinch. It’s really a matter of plug and play; you won’t even need to re-map the keys, but if you do want to, simply go to the “Joystick” settings in BF3 control configuration screen.

PS3

Using a Dualshock 3 controller to play BF3 is a good deal harder. In fact, I wouldn’t even recommend trying. With no official Sony support for using the controller on a PC, you’ll have to resort to a Chinese software program called Motion in Joy. We’ve got a detailed guide on how to use it, and the client is hosted on GameFront’s fast free servers.

Unfortunately, even though Motion in Joy does what it says it does (makes your PC recognize the inputs from a Dualshock 3 controller), that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be good for playing BF3. Start with the fact that every action in game must be individually re-mapped. Once this is accomplished, you’ll have to contend with weird, unpredictable bugs. Having mapped “Fire main weapon” to R2, for example, I was distressed to learn that the R2 button could only fire single shots — holding it down didn’t result in automatic fire, even though I was holding a machine gun.

Long story short, if you must use a console controller, stick to the Xbox variant.

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49 Comments on How to Play Battlefield 3 on PC With an Xbox 360 or PS3 Controller

Steven

On November 1, 2011 at 6:13 am

Thats funny you honestly believe a keyboard can out beat a console controller lol point in click thats the only reason. Well if microsoft gets what they want we will find out who is better next year i cant wait to pawn some pc scrubs. I remeber playing halo 2 on ky modded xbox vs some pc players they thought the same thing than but soon learned they were out matched. I still find this topic funny but honestly we will never know untill the cross platform matches begin as long as microsofy sticks to the plan we should know soon

Ron Whitaker

On November 1, 2011 at 7:13 am

@Steven: Microsoft studied this, and the best console players got eaten up by average PC players. At least, that was the story we heard. http://www.gamefront.com/did-ms-ditch-cross-platform-gaming-because-console-gamers-got-owned/

SupremeAllah

On November 1, 2011 at 8:31 am

Let Stevie live in denial. The time will come where he will be murdered by PC players so bad that he’ll kill himself.

All in due time…

brice

On November 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

Lol@Steve and his input lag :P

Luther

On November 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I’ll take you on steven, shoot me a message on battlelog under the name Luthervanguard I’m mostly a tank specialist but I can hold my own in a gun fight most of the time.

Rodrigo

On November 2, 2011 at 7:00 am

I plugged in my xbox controller, and it´s true that I can run, fire, crouch and so on..but when you have to interact with the game, like the train scene when you have to make a click to kill the thug, and a little later on the game when you have to press SPACE many times to get to the top of the train, the controller cant do that :( i have to click with the mosue and press space in the keyboard…that’s dissapointing…besides in the game the buttons A,B,X,Y, etc doesnt appear, just the keyboard mappings…someone that can have a solution??i just prefer the controller to play a campaign of COD, or BF3 because i can be lay down in my sofa…or whatever i want… :) just a matter of comfort :) in MP, counter strike, COD, BF or whatever, i use the mouse :) :) just to kick some asses ;) logitech rules.. :)

Shawn

On November 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I prefer the controller. It’s just comfortable and more realistic with the triggers. There’s no input lag with wired controllers like I use. I can see most studies showing mouse have a slight advantage, but I don’t care I play for fun not to win tournaments or something wacked like that.

hartigas

On November 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I plug in my Xbox 360 controller but it doesn’t work. It works fine when I play batman or other PC games but not on Battlefield. I contacted EA and the agent said it only work on Logitech. Does everyone use Logitech to make the game work. I would hate to buy a $60 controller and just to know it has the same issue.

BF3gunship

On November 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

The only reason you need things other than keyboard and mouse is to fly jets and choppers. seriously its that much easier with an xbox controller plugged in.

BF2 God

On November 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Lol, Steve, Yes it is easy to just point and click, HOWEVER, its also just as easy for the person on the other end of your cross-hair to just point and click.
Comes down to quick reaction times, a steady hand and a good eye.
I love my xbox, but i would absolutely merk your ass on PC.
Now touch screen pc monitors, that’s just touch and kill :P
PC’s are for enthusiasts, consoles are for kids.

Steven

On November 10, 2011 at 7:26 am

Just ed Luther up. Anyone else on PC wanna challenge a console player?

Luther

On November 12, 2011 at 12:41 am

A couple of lucky kills from Steven, but I just ed him up heaps.

fluke

On November 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

Average PC players can’t and won’t “eat up” a pc player who uses a controller. I played CoD4 for PC with a 3rd party program to map button presses to my 360 controller and if anything, I was merc’ing the hell out of those mouse and keyboard fools left and right. How can you possibly say having to contort your fingers in ungodly ways to reach buttons on a keyboard beats having ALL of those keys within your grasp at all times. I don’t need any aiming assists to kill fools with my controller, I can aim just fine.

I think the fact that this game has real controller support is awesome, its about damn time.

And as for the comment “PC’s are for enthusiasts, consoles are for kids.” This is exactly why PC gaming is dying, there aren’t that many enthusiasts when consoles are getting closer and closer to pc graphics.

Sly

On November 16, 2011 at 2:07 am

pc gaming isn’t dying, its coming back harder than ever. check out the research by nvidia. pc gaming has been increasing the past couple of years. also, for the debate, console players – enjoy your games on tech from 2005. I’ll enjoy it on my 2011/2012 tech.

Lol

On November 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

@fluke Consoles will never touch pc’s graphics, and if they did in a few short months it would be obsolete. People mainly play console games because its easier on the wallet. Plus some just want to play a game without taking the time,effort and money to build a pc so they resort to consoles. Wasnt the article talking about BF3? You cant compare a game like COD to BF3. Why? Simple. One takes skill the other does not.

Ryan

On November 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Get a razer mouse and keyboard and then compare that to a console controller. Im sorry, but speed and accuracy are much higher with a mouse and keboard. even the razer onza control loses out to mouse and keyboard. anybody who thinks otherwise is probably an explosive whore or a bullet sprayer. And we all know what happens when they run into skilled sniper fire :) Id have steve calling me a hacker in 3 mins, lol.

Jon Taylor

On November 24, 2011 at 11:05 am

I have same problem has hartigas, and I dont want to play on foot, just in the air, I’m owning the battlefield at the moment except in the skys and as I’m a prificent pilot with a pad and a complete turd in the air with M/K I wouldn’t mind a solution hope you folk can help.

Jon Taylor

On November 25, 2011 at 6:47 am

hartigas, got a solution the game picks up ur virtual Hid device has the default controller, disable it in device manager and ur cooking on gas :)

ground2er0

On December 5, 2011 at 12:08 am

My Wireles Xbox 360 Controller works but i cant get in the menue right or left to change To Medic or Sniper.
Can i Config that?

rich

On December 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

The xbox or logitek controllers dont work Ive tried both.I prefer game pad for this game.Im sorry but I have one nice built up pc with all nvidia cuda stuff on a 55 inch hd.It even stores all my movies for intertainment needs.First off Im sick and tired of 70 dallar games with such a short campaign.I like the story I like to fall into it and be a part of a good game.PERIOD.But any way as far as game pad it depends on the game.Say dragon age I prefer the mouse and keyboard but first person shooter its all game pad.There should be no lag its just personall pref and you can be good with either.Game pad much more comfertable in intense gaming.Hot keys would be a plus on pad but its the person behind the controlls dont blame the controller?

Mike DeGeorge

On December 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I’ve played with keyboard and mouse and hate it with a passion. I couldn’t stand it. and i didn’t consider it anymore accurate than playing with a controller. Just my 2 cents. In fact, i bought a controller for my PC and couldn’t be happier.

hartigas

On December 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Jon Taylor, I want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Your solution got my issue fixed. I had spoken with EA agents several time and no help, search the net and no luck. Now I will be able to enjoy the game.

altamos

On December 9, 2011 at 9:18 am

i have a MSI motherboard with a intel i5 sandy bridge overclocked, 650watt power supply, MSI nvidea gtx560 graffix card. and 16gig memmory, 1.5tb HD.all connected to a 42″ plasma.and a 7.1 logitech surround. i use both keyboard and xbox controller.only problem is xbox controller doesent map every single key on BF3 you have to map the spacebar and mouse fire again to make them work right.i perfer a mouse and keyboard but hard to sit in my lounge chair and play like that also hard to play NFS:the run with a keyboard.consoles will never touch a pc graffix or speed wise.only because processors are always being changed as are graffix. consoles are simply for kids or adults with no PC experience. thanks, my 2 cents.

Griwa

On December 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I don’t know about you, but I have a 120″ projector. I love to chill on the couch and play, hard to do that with a mouse and keyboard, so a controller would be sick.

Max

On December 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

lol forget about what that troll steven said, still you really think all can pwn someone with a controller or a keyboeard?? its not about what ou are playing it, its about how you play, its the same , ofcourse cod noobs are gonn be owned real bad, cause they are used to fast paced games and are always ing cause we go tactical and flank em and camp (the way its supposed to be played in a war game) but if Im good in a controller and you are good in a keyboard, it dont matter you can pwn me or I can own you easily it depends on the outcome of the battle and the skills, an average keyboard player wont pwn easily a skilled controller player, lets be realistic and leave your ego aside, ok!!! remember its not about controller or keyboard its about skills and i bet this guy gets pwned and steve is a noob thats a fact out of the question

rick james

On January 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Most of you retards are just little children ranging from 12-17 years old, until you have all 3 PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 shut the up, I own all 3, and my job payed for it not my mommy… and as far as the superior battle PC is top dog then PS3 then the Xbox, I’m not saying I’m a “fanboy” of either one, i actually like the 360 more because of the variety of games and I had it before the PS3 and my new rig, PS3 beats out the 360 as far as graphics and CPU, but the PC has all features and some that the PS3 and 360 have, only problem is my 360 costed me about 400, my PS3 costed me about 500, and my PC costed me about 1200, but don’t think my computer is gaming only, lol that’s where most of you children get it wrong by saying the PC is 10 million times more expensive then either console, sure its true but consoles are gaming only devices, PC is an everything device. They all have their pros and cons, but all in all id prefer a PC because of its overall gaming performance I run all max settings, and yes I’ve done the Crysis test, ran at all max settings a.k.a. enthusiast settings max AA and ran at an average of 95 fps, more than enough because the average eye can only comprehend 1/3 of that. The worst thing is that most of you kids(not saying all of you are but the chances are that your a kid) only own one never both as well as haven’t owned the other, and if you do own both and your a “fanboy” then through the other one in the garbage if you hate it so much. but your mom wouldn’t buy you anymore Christmas presents, oops i forgot you still believe in Santa. Santa wont get you if you keep ing all the ing time. So just shut the hell up and go own some noobs on your fave console.

Wisico

On January 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm

@rick james
I own a Gaming PC, a ps3 and a 360 and I, in overall, agree with you…

oh and i’m 15 and My job payed it all too, so stop ing on kid, PLZ!

Matt

On January 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

Wisico really? your 15 and you somehow managed to earn £1400 or equivalent in your money. Whilst still at school? Did you spend all your money on nothing but the PS3, xbox and PC?? Even on my wage it would take me a good 6-7 months to have the money lying around to buy them.. after bills, taxes, petrol, being social, etc.

Anyway i have always owned a Performance PC for the past 7-8 years. always keeping it up to date. People say PC is more expensive, but i can download single player games for free, any games i actually buy are a lot cheaper than xbox/ps3 games. So i have that extra money to update my system now and then.

I’ve played games on the xbox and PS3 and graphically speaking, they don’t and never will compare. If i built a quad sli/crossfire system i could probably play every game thats released from now until 2022. Where as Battlefield 3 had to be limited on the xbox because its fallen behind on its technology. PS3 compares to standard gfx.. but if i jump onto my GPU settings and set everything to max.. i’m pushing the boundaries of the game and making its visuals even better!

As for controller vs keyboard and mouse… well.
Keyboard and mouse wins every time, of course it depends on player skill. But if you look at this practically and mathematically… mouse wins. You get a lot higher precision with a mouse. and anyone thats gone from mouse to controller will always have that over aim/under aim thing going on.

as for driving/sports and a few other games, controllers will win. But never for an FPS game. Period!

MLC Digital

On January 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I’m an old school BF 1942 player, have always played with a mouse and keyboard, and came in at the top of the charts.
Now I’m running an i7 built into a HTPC with an Xbox 360 wireless controller.
I have to say it’s no where as accurate as a mouse.
I use to cap 10-30 people a game in BF1942 with the mouse and keyboard but in BF3 with a controller I’m capped 10-30 times playing against other PC players.
It’s nice playing BF3 on a 61″ TV with a wireless controller but it sucks to spawn and get pegged out the gate without the quick spinning control of the mouse.
Is there a way for me to match up agains console players so I can play on the same field against other controller users?
I can’t keep up on the PC server list.

Christian

On February 1, 2012 at 8:05 am

I managed to play BF3 with the Wireless 360 controller. It goes fine, but I hate this controller. The sticks are too hard and the sensitivity make it quite difficult to aim properly. I had to buy the Xbox Wireless 360 add on for PC computers. Indeed works fine.
But as I said, I moved into a proper controller like the PS3 Dualshock 3. The sticks are softer and the aiming is natural.
I have make it recognize with emotioninjoy software connected via USB. I can not make it recognize by my built in asus bluetooth device. With emotioninJoy it just goes perfect. No lag in the game. I have to say that I have configured the ps3 controller as the xbox 360 controller in emotioninjoy main screen. If i put it as PS3 Dualshock 3 then the game will not recognize it well and I will have to reconfigure every button inside the game and in emotioninjoy. With the 360 profile it just goes fine. The only problem is the vibration, it vibrates a bit but does not keep vibrating when you are firing.

Bdog

On February 9, 2012 at 7:05 am

The way i see it is the games good weather u use a controller or not.

Daniel

On February 13, 2012 at 12:40 am

you see, in terms of one on one combat with fps games, pc has the 99.9% accuracy advantage. but i admit the jet and chopper controls with the keyboard and mouse are truely USELESS, so using toggles is the best option there. so its a win win situation and quit your ing!.

BOW DOWN

On February 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

Consoles are sooo much cheaper than pc though if you can find a computer that will run as good as a console for £250 then well done. Personally I find that who is better depends on the game Cod4 designed for console so controllers are better , whereas Counter Strike is a PC game so keyboard is better.

CanadianAttackBeaver

On February 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

@Steven; it’ already been shown that PC players dominate console players in FPS. The game Shadowrun allowed cross platform play and the PC players dominated simply because of the greater precision with the mouse/keyboard combo. In games like BF3, the only things a controller is good for is flying. On the ground, as infantry, a player using a controller would get spanked, every single time. Why do you think it was taken out of Halo 2?

Watch what happens if Counter Strike: Global Offensive allows cross-platform play. The console players are going to get spanked by the PC players.

Frontman

On February 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm

This is all a matter of binary versus analog. Binary inputs are ones which have only 2 positions, pressed and unpressed. Analog inputs have many different positions across a coordinate plane.

Keyboards are binary. They work well with binary controls like throw grenade, switch weapon, and use. The mouse is analog. It does have binary inputs like the two finger buttons and scroll wheel, but the optical input is analog.

The console controller has many binary and analog inputs. The triggers and joysticks are analog. They work best with analog commands like aiming and walking.

The joysticks on the console controller, although analog, have a much smaller plane than the mouse. The mouse has technically an infinite plane; it is not bound to a limited surface area. The user can choose how much of this area they want to use, depending on the DPI (dots per inch), or sensitivity level. This gives much higher accuracy (NOT PRECISION. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accuracy_and_precision) to the mouse user.

Another thing to note when comparing sticks to mice in FPS games is the method of control the joysticks use to aim. Rather than moving the device to the relative location of the target, like with the mouse, on a controller you must point the joystick in the direction of the relative location of the target. You point farther to move to the location faster.
Basically, this requires more cognitive processing, making the joysticks much harder to use than the mouse. This is exactly why most console FPS games have a semi-automatic aiming system, to help you hit your target. PC games include no such feature, and having one would be considered hacking.

But mouse and keyboard does not trump the console controller in every game. Driving games are better played on a controller than M&K because they require many analog inputs, like steering and the pedals. Could you imagine driving a real car with binary inputs? You could only slam on the breaks, floor the gas, and turn as sharp as possible. Yes the mouse can be used for these inputs, but assigning the x axis to one command and the y axis to another can be very confusing and has a high chance for mistakes. So in driving games, or any vehicle use, you will see that controllers are better than M&K.

I personally use M&K for BF3 on PC for on foot. But once in a vehicle I will grab my wireless xbox controller. I’ve used the PS3 controller for a while and I can say that the MotionJoy software works quite nice. PS3 controllers have almost no support in games, but the MotionJoy software can emulate the 360 controller, and so your PS3 controller will work fine with any 360 controller supported games. But the PS3 controller is not as ergonomic as the 360 one and you have to be wired with a USB cable to use the PS3 controller on the PC (there may be a wireless receiver, I never looked.)

This is a topic I’ve examined quite a lot. Thank you for reading.

Tom

On March 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Well this is just another in a long list of stupid elitist squabbles.

Think about for a moment that the trusty keyboard and mouse was never invented for the purpose of games. A keyboard is for typing and a mouse if for controlling the cursor, whether that be in some dull spreadsheet or whatever.

People who use a game pad, or joystick or whatever have a major advantage when flying. Also you can (in reality) reach more buttons at once with a controller, and there is no ghosting like many keyboards suffer from. I think you can get more fluid movement using a controller, but aiming is more precise with a mouse. This is all down to what you’ve had more practice with though. In some ways I think the ultimate combo would be some sort of one-handed controller for movement and a mouse for aiming. There are such things on the market but they seem a bit rubbish.

P.S. All you “I’m a PC gamer and will own all console players” people just make yourselves sound like angry kids, the sort who scream abuse down your headsets and take everything a little too seriously.

JIB

On March 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Lol @ all the pc fanboys
For the record, pc gamers do not own console gamers. A mouse is just much EASIER to aim with in fps games.
That’s it!
Mouse easy. Controller hard.
Get over it. Only a tool would pride himself on his mouse aiming abilities.
BTW I play current games on both PC and PS3.
If we all used mice, console players could adapt easily, but a pc gamer using a controller would get smoked.
Sorry, but a pc-only gamer is a sub-par gamer.

kon

On March 22, 2012 at 7:34 am

i personally cant wait till the cross platform servers are available, so the true bf3 enthusiasts can be named victorious then you controller playing wanna-bees wont be able to reach your chopper in time, and if you do, only if, then we will shoot you out the sky with one “point and click” 5hank5_R_u5 bf3 pc- get at me

Eva

On March 24, 2012 at 10:46 am

This is one of the worst threads I have ever been a witness to in my life.

Some of you actually went and pulled out spreadsheets and ‘experiment’ data to try and prove PC’s being better than consoles. I got to this page to find a way to make my xbox 360 work on the PC… And I get a page full of nerd-raging elitists.

Personally, I think too many of your arguments are based on bias rather than real data. Believe it or not console gaming is the future. It doesn’t cost as much. (HAR HAR NO IT’S NOT, CUZ MOUSE AND KEYBOARD IS AWSUM)

The networking aspect of it is just immense. And not many people nor their parents can come up with a $1500 computer. Hopefully you all don’t take this console hate to heart because soon you will have to take them on in the same lobby.

And I’m sure we will see the majority of the people who posted here tossing up something on the forums about how the controller needs to be nerfed or something. Get a life and stop stroking your E-peens.

Eva

On March 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

That post also refers to the idiot who posted this stupid article.

JUP1TER

On April 25, 2012 at 8:28 am

EVA you sound like the very people your trying to slag off.
You say it so matter of factley that consoles are the future. Are you privy to some knowledge that we are not? if i recall pc gaming has been around longer and is only getting stronger. Your estimate of £1500 is a bit steep too. Yes when consoles first come out they are pretty kick ass and would probably require a £400+ graphics card to compete, they stagnate very quickly and soon become outdated un upgradeable ornaments. I’ve been able to build pc’s with more power than xbox 360 and ps3 for around £150 for the past few years. Microsoft are no fools and are only making the pc gaming experience easier. and with the introduction of the Xbox controller to the PC we are now getting most of the 360 titles. Battlefield is an example of a software company that isn’t recognising this trend.

The writer is also wrong about motion joy for ps3 pads. it has a feature which uses xbox 360 pad driver for the ps3 pad so the pc thinks its an xbox pad. so as long as like me you know where the red, green, blue and yellow buttons are your good to go. i prefer this method for two reasons. 1. Ive had playstations since the first so am a bit more comfortable with them. 2. my gaming laptop has bluetooth built in so i dont need an additional dongle to use them.

also on the argument about mouse/keyboard over control pad i remember years ago when quake 3 arena came out for dreamcast they initially used the same servers as pc users. this is the only occasion i know of where console users came face to face with pc users. It was a blood bath, the control pad users were just stains on the wall. it wasnt long before they gave them their own servers. yes control pads can be accurate and are better for some games they are not as instantley accurate as mouse and keyboard, but its an old argument. im fairly good with both but i wouldnt dare enter a pc COD arena with a gamepad. and if it were possible for me to enter a console arena with a mouse and keyboard id be accused of cheating. go and have a go at quake live, its free and runs on most pc’s, id never be able to get a 300 metre single shot kill at those speeds while moving with a game pad.
thats another good point some games are a lot faster than others. the key/maouse gamepad agrument is different in cod to quake arena.

also i typed this really fast withot looking at the screen so dont about my grammer.

erick

On July 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm

would i be able to play multiplayer on battlefield 3 for the pc wit a xbox360 microsoft for windows 7 .?? like actual multiplayer!!??

COCK

On July 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

lulz pc playurz sux CoNSOle is 1337 NOt PC. WhO WOULd WasTE theiR MONey On A GAMINg pC

goth44

On July 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm

So how do i use the controller to do what the mouse does in the game. You know like toggle the views. I want my right thumbstick to be able to do that instead of the mouse.

Mick

On July 28, 2012 at 12:43 am

lol you guys are morons arguing over PC and consoles. you do realize by adding a Xbox controller you are turning the PC into a console, and seeing that i can video chat , go on Facebook (or twitter) and watch movies/ YouTube id say they’re pretty much even. the only thing you can do on a PC that my Xbox cant do is mod (cant turn god mode on for the Xbox) and pay taxes so Xbox is even more legit and takes more skill. and Mr. your kinda giving us console gamers a bad time with that spelling and grammar mines not the best ether but still STFU.

and now for my opinion; i think a controller is better because i had a much easier time playing Halo CE on the console than on the PC (i even hooked my controller up to the PC for that) but I’m only thinking about bf3 is for the multiplayer cause i heard you can have 64 players on the PC compared to 24, and its more legit than modded warfare 3 (i aim at this person and I’m spot on and miss but the sniper that’s not even looking my way somehow kills me, yes cod, i totally get how that works but we’re using guns that shoot led not mind bullets)

PS. and why is i PC its a computer not a pomcuter and the point and click seriously if that’s all it takes than us controller users are more skilled.

PC_Master_Race

On March 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Does BF3 support my Saitek Ps2700 Rumble or do I have to use Xpadder?

Tim

On June 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm

After playing Skyrim on PC since 11/11/11, I switched to Xbox 360 controller. I never used this controller and I want to play some game exclusive to Xbox, like Red Dead Redemption.

At first, the controller was impossible. But I went to god mode and just practiced. Two months later, I am much much better. The only thing far worse than the PC is the quick aiming. It seems impossible without aim assist, which Skyrim does not have. I’m getting good, but nowhere near a mouse.

The keyboard I have always hated. Reminds me of using only the D pad on the old controllers before the sticks. The mouse rules the accuracy….but if games today provide aim assist, which a lot do, controller can compete with PC.

The other difference…PCs are faster and sharper. More precise and immersive. That is another reason I like playing with a controller on PC, it is the best of both worlds.

Still, I have a way to go to be as good as my son on Xbox controller. He is a Halo master on Xbox. He shows me the true potential of the PERSON not the controller.

OliP007

On October 28, 2014 at 5:25 pm

I currently have an xbox 360 and plan to get an xbox one but I’m not sure if I should get a gaming pc instead and use an xbox controller. I would use mouse and keys but I am rubbish at pc gaming. I only really play battlefield 4 and I’m not sure if I should risk buying a gaming pc and using an xbox controller or just take the safe route and get an xbox one. The benefit of a gaming pc would be having everything on one device instead of a laptop and ask xbox one. Basically what I’m saying is is it the same experience playing on an xbox one as it is on a pc with an xbox controller.

Ron Whitaker

On October 29, 2014 at 11:13 am

@OliP007 – I’m always going to recommend the PC. You’ll pay a little more up front, but you’ll actually end up saving money in the long run, as games can be had cheaper on PC in most cases. I would say that if you’re going to make the jump to PC, you don’t necessarily need the Xbox controller. Mouse and keyboard is a far, far better interface for shooters. I can understand that you have a comfort level with it, but if you give M&K a chance, you’ll soon wonder how you ever got by using a controller.

Good luck!