Using the Playstation Move Navigation Controller with a Mouse

Doctor Bambi here with another tech tip to knock your socks off.

So I’ve been a console gamer for most of my life, but recently, I’ve been getting into the PC scene and I have to say, aiming with a mouse is a lot more intuitive than an analog stick on a controller. Juxtaposed to that is the keyboard which feels like trying to ride a bicycle with square wheels. I have trouble getting my character to move how and where I want them to.

How could I get the best of both worlds without it being awkward as hell? Well, the other day, it hit me, the Playstation Move Navigation controller. No, not the one with the glowing ball on top, the counterpart to it. It has an analog stick, a bumper, a trigger, an x and o button along with a d-pad. I was shocked I didn’t think of it sooner. And it’s incredibly easy to set up on you PC. Note here, I didn’t try this on Mac, but it should work just fine, actually it’s probably a lot easier. But for us PCers, there is a process seeing as how PC does not natively support the playstation controller.

There are a lot of ways to go about this I’m sure, but this one seems to be the best I’ve seen. Just watch this video posted by Wilshire Tutorials https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpSaOJJIun8 but instead of hooking up your regular ps3 controller, hook in your Playstation Move Navigation controller. And… That’s it. Pretty simple assuming you make it through the tutorial without a hitch.

I tried out a few games to see how practical this set up would be and the results were…. mixed. First I tried Dishonored. After readjusting some mappings, I was up and running and it was great. The best way to play in my opinion. Next I tried Metro 2033 and this is where the set up fails, sadly. You see, it technically worked just fine, I just ran out of buttons for all of the actions I needed. This is, in part due to my mouse. I don’t have the fanciest mouse on the market. It has a left, right, and mouse wheel that clicks in. It also has two buttons on the side generally used for moving forward and backward between web pages. So I have 5 buttons to work with on that side, the move controller has the trigger, bumper, the analog stick clicks in like most modern controllers, x and o, and the d-pad for a total of 9. All together I have 14 buttons to work with. That seems like it would be plenty, but most games have a serious limitation. You can’t map the buttons on the controller. You might be able to choose between a few different preset mappings, but this will undoubtedly cause some overlap between the controls you set on the move controller and your mouse.

Where this controller set up really shines is when playing the Walking Dead by Telltale. Being able to move your character around with the analog stick while clicking on parts of the environment with the mouse is absolutely, hands down, the best way to play this game. It was almost as if they’d designed the game with this setup in mind. I’m interested to try out XCOM: Enemy Unknown next. So far it seems that when this setup works, it’s incredible to use, but when it fails, it’s to the point you won’t be able to play the game as it was intended.

Some last thoughts, if you are thinking about doing this set up, you will want to make sure your mouse has as least 5 buttons, and that really isn’t enough to play every game out there. There are all kinds of mouses out there with all different kinds of button layouts.

Anyways, hope this information has inspired you and stay safe travelers!

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