I recently read here: http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?t=153100
About a user, sephiroth1084, who was using a PSP controller for DDO. Recently I have switched to an XBOX360 controller because I’ve experienced a bit of RSI playing DDO. So in order to alleviate it but still play as much as I want I went with the controller.
And I have to say that it’s totally doable and SCHWEET! The Hardest thing about going from mouse to controller is EVERYTHING. Mostly the control of the camera angles will be the hardest transition you will make, it’s hard to believe how mach fine control you give up using a controller over a mouse, it’s almost like you have to teach yourself how to walk again. But if you are patient and take your time, you will see the benefits of switching over and soon it will feel totally natural.
If you get a chance, try it, I would totally recommend it, but be warned, if you are a hardcore mouse user, there will be a learning curve involved. But, for me at least, the fact that I experience no more pain after a long session of DDO easily outweigh the learning curve involved.
Now I do not own an Xbox360, so if you do, I am sure this will come more natural to you than it did for me. I purchased the XBOX 360 wireless controller for $77 Canadian. In American, that’s like $45 USD. So I think it’s not an unreasonable investment to make if you want to try it and see what happens.
For my Paladin, Mr. Sparkle, I have the following configuration set up…
Right Trigger: Modifier Key
]Left Trigger: Attack
Button “A”: Click (Left Mouse Button)
Button “B”: Cancel
Button “X”: Improved Trip
Button “Y”: Stunning Blow
Left Stick: Move Forward\Backward, Strafe Left\Right
Left Stick Button: Jump
Right Stick: Camera Control
Right Stick Button: Click \ Select
Hatswitch Left: Hotbar 1-1 (Main Weapon) - +5 Icy Burst Heavy Pick
Hatswitch Top: Hotbar 1-2 (Secondary Weapon) +2 Transmuting Heavy Pick
Hatswitch Bottom: Hotbar 1-3 (Secondary Weapon) +2 Keen Smiting Heavy Pick
Hatswitch Right: Hotbar 1-4 (Secondary Weapon) +2 Ghost touch Heavy Pick of Disruption
Back Button: AutoRun
Start Button: Camera Control ON\OFF
Left Side Button: Exalted Smite
Right Side Button: Lay on Hands
Then when you add the modifier button in with the controls you get the additional functionality…
Anything marked with <Reserved> I have not yet decided what to do with yet.
Modifier Key Alone: Highlight Nearest Enemy
Modifier Key +
Left Trigger: Block \ Shield Smash
Button “B”: Interact / Use
Button “X”: Examine
Button “Y”: Highlight Next Enemy
Hatswitch Left: <Reserved>
Hatswitch Top: <Reserved>
Hatswitch Bottom: Hotbar 1-5 Divine Favor
Hatswitch Right: Hotbar 2-5 Divine Might
Back Button: Map
Start Button: Quest Report
Left Side Button: Highlight Next Object
Right Side Button: Zeal
So as you can see there is a TON of goodness you can cram into the XBOX 360 controller. The thing is HELLUVA comfortable and easy to handle, as well as easy on Batteries (1 month on a pair of Double A’s and still going strong). But because of the sheer amount of equipment players tend to keep on their characters for special situations, you still do need a keyboard nearby to easily switch to that deathblock necklace when the situation calls for it.
And right now there is a crash bug in the AH when you use the controller to expand the martial weapons list with the controller, so for those times, I just use my mouse as normal.
So how good is the actual control ? Well, I’ve been to the Coalescence Chamber without falling off anything, I’ve been to rainbow in the dark without impaling myself, I’ve survived the Crucible and am still going strong. One of the nice things about the controller is the movement stick seems to have a variable speed control built into it, so moving just a little bit forward slowly inches your guys forward. You actually have variable speed with your characters NOW!
It’s just that good. If you’ve been suffering any RSI then I WOULD STRONGLY recommend the controller route. You might just be surprised how good it actually is and wonder where the little marvel’s been all your life.
Anyways, like all things, your mileage will vary, but I think it was a great investment.Give it a try sometime if you get the chance.