Can you play Diablo 4 on PC with a controller: Diablo 4 PC controller support explained

Can you play Diablo 4 on PC with a controller: Diablo 4 PC controller support explained
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Dave McAdam

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20th Mar 2023 17:11

Is Diablo 4 PC controller support a thing? Diablo 4 is heading to consoles, just as the previous game did. Controller support is quite obviously a thing there, but for such a classically PC-focused game, does that support extended to the PC version? Here is everything we know about Diablo 4 PC controller support.

Diablo 4 PC controller support: Can you use a controller?

Diablo 4 PC controller support: Art of the necromancer
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The quick and simple answer is, yes. Controller support will be included in the PC version of Diablo 4, so PC players who prefer a pad can rest assured they won't need to risk carpal tunnel with a mouse and keyboard.

We know the support is included thanks to a quarterly update given by Blizzard in February 2020. In this update, plans were laid out for PC controller support, how the UI design for both inputs is being designed, and even features to make couch co-op a better experience.

The key takeaways are that changing between a mouse and keyboard and a controller should be more or less seamless. There will be plenty of customisation, and controller players will be able to remap some of their buttons.

This is the first Diablo game developed simultaneously for both PC and consoles, so controller integration is a much bigger part of the process than ever before.

Diablo 4 PC controller support: Controller changes

Diablo 4 PC controller support: Early gameplay in a dungeon
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As you might expect, using a controller changes much about how you interact with the game and its systems. Thankfully, it seems that Diablo 4 will give controller players plenty of options with regard to customising their experience.

As mentioned, controller players will be able to change up their button mapping to at least some degree. Furthermore, you will also be able to change up the UI to suit different scenarios. Diablo 4 has two different UI modes - the classic mode with the action bar at the bottom centre of the screen, and a more console and TV-focused version in the bottom-left corner.

Each is better suited to either a PC monitor, where the player is typically close to the screen or a TV, where the player is usually further away.

The PC version will feature both modes, as well as other features to allow players to cater their PC playing to a TV and couch playing experience. It seems that players can expect a high level of customisation of their experience with Diablo 4, in order to suit all players.

That is it for Diablo 4 PC controller support. For more on the game, check out Diablo 4 character customisation explained.

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