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How to Play World of Warcraft With a Controller

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Even wondered how hard it is to play WoW on your TV using a controller? We tried just that and it's easier than you might think. In this article, we're taking a closer look at how to play the game using a controller.

Note: This is mainly intended for leveling and world quests, not end-game raiding.

Requirements

  • ConsolePort: A WoW addon which natively supports Xbox and DualShock controllers.
  • WoWMapper: Third-party software for keyboard and mouse emulation.
    • This software is not against the ToS, because it does not automate your gameplay. Multiboxers are without any issues using ISBoxer for instance.
  • Xbox or a DualShock controller: Alternatively, you can use a Steam controller and enable Stream streaming. Setup instructions can be found here.
    • DualShock's touchpad acts like a mouse, which is quite nice.
  • A long HDMI cable: In case you decide to hook up your PC to a TV.

Instructions

  1. Extract ConsolePort to Interface/Addons. The addon can be downloaded through the Twitch app too. Make sure the addon is enabled when you log in to the game.
  2. Install WoWMapper and connect the controller to your PC via cable or bluetooth. Make sure the controller is recognized by your operating system.
  3. Log in to the game and make sure ConsolePort is enabled.
  4. Now it's time to choose your controller layout.
  5. Grats, you can now start playing the game with a controller.
  6. (Optional) Enable Action Camera for extra immersion by typing /console ActionCam full/console ActionCam basic or /console ActionCam default, depending on whichever you prefer most. You can turn it off by typing /console ActionCam off command.

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Customization and Further Reading

If you'd like to customize your keybindings or use custom profiles, check out ConsolePort's official website, instructions over at Curse, and the following video.

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i used to use an original wii-mote to play. it worked out well actually and was totally playable but i got sick of swinging my arms around in the air to cast my rotation. now i usually just bind a few macros to my mouse wheel and scroll it up and down all day. but since i have a few extra controllers sitting around i'll give this a whirl when i get back on wow for classic release.

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2 hours ago, Adorable said:

i used to use an original wii-mote to play. it worked out well actually and was totally playable but i got sick of swinging my arms around in the air to cast my rotation. 

the arm swinging casting sounds like it might have been more entertaining watching the player than the game lol i can just  imagine the comments from my kids if if tried that lol

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7 hours ago, Adorable said:

i used to use an original wii-mote to play. it worked out well actually and was totally playable but i got sick of swinging my arms around in the air to cast my rotation. now i usually just bind a few macros to my mouse wheel and scroll it up and down all day. but since i have a few extra controllers sitting around i'll give this a whirl when i get back on wow for classic release.

It actually makes sense when playing a melee character tbh. 

Substitute wasd with a dancing pad, maybe use some weight bracers if you are that fit, and if somebody asks how do you keep yourself in shape, just say "with a few world quests" ;D

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Huge fan of console port, nice seeing it being promoted with topics like this!

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Note: This is mainly intended for leveling and world quests, not end-game raiding.

I mainly use this while leveling alts and chill content (xmog / mount runs), but i decided to try to take it one step further.. Mythic raiding current content! 10 out of 11 bosses in antorus mythic downed with controller (played paladin tank on varimathras, and didnt set up keybinds)

Was fun to try this, but obviously it was a bit more crippling than keyboard and mouse. This was our 4th kill if i right recall, and i did NOT use it on progression.

A bit old video, but here's for those interested to see how it is while mythic raiding

 

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