How to play World of Warcraft with a controller (2023)

By Gerald Lynch


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World of Warcraft has been the go-to MMO game for 15 years now, and in 2020 it’s in rude health. But what if you want to play World of Warcraft with a controller or gamepad?

It’s set to be a big year for World of Warcraft, with the success of World of Warcraft Classic rejuvenating the hardcare fanbase, and the upcoming Shadowlands expansion making meaningful changes to the early levelling game and adding some huge fresh endgame content for top-tier players.

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There’s never been a better time to jump onboard… but what if you don’t fancy keyboard and mouse play? While many popular MMOs have migrated to consoles, and brought along console-style control schemes with them, World of Warcraft has remained stubbornly traditional in its keyboard and mouse interface.

It’s unarguably a game tailored for mouse and keyboard play. But when you just want to lean back and zip through some level grinding, the sofa-bound comfort of a controller can be preferable to being chained to your desk.

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Enter ConsolePort!

ConsolePort is an add-on for WoW, and it’s simply the best way to play World of Warcraft with a gamepad. This method supports the PlayStation 4’s DualShock pad, and the Xbox 360 or Xbox One gamepad, as well as the Steam controller, and even works alongside popular UI overhauls like the Immersion add-on. It’s not an officially-supported system from WoW developers Blizzard but, honestly, the level of polish on show from the ConsolePort add-on is top-notch, and good enough to be the basis of a controller port should Blizzard ever want to invest in it!

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How to play World of Warcraft with a controller

Setting up the add-on is surprisingly easy. Here’s what you’ll need to start playing World of Warcraft with a gamepad:

Step 1: First of all, you’re going to want to connect your gamepad. If you’ve an Xbox or Steam controller, that’s as easy as plugging it in or connecting to the Xbox wireless dongle or Bluetooth with Steam. If you’re using a DualShock 4 pad, you might want to check out our guide on how to use the PS4 DualShock 4 controller on PC.

If you’re using a Steam controller, you’re also going to need to download the official mapping profile for your controller, and follow these instructions from the ConsolePort page:

– Place the controller profile in [Steam folder]/controller_base/template.

– Start or restart Steam. You’ve then the option to set up a desktop profile (no manual login required), or a Steam overlay (requires manual login).


a. Open big picture mode. Go to Settings -> Controller -> Base Configurations -> Desktop Configuration -> Browse Configs -> Templates.

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b. Select ConsolePort Official in the list.

c. Go back to Settings -> Features -> Steam Overlay. Disable the overlay to avoid conflicting key bindings.

d. Exit big picture mode. Your desktop profile is now configured for ConsolePort.



a. Add WoW-64.exe (or WoW.exe on 32-bit) to Steam as a non-steam game. Name it World of Warcraft.

b. Start big picture mode and find World of Warcraft in your library.

c. Click Manage Shortcut > Configure Controller > Browse Configs.

d. Go to the Templates tab and select ConsolePort Official in the list.

Step 2: Download WoWMapper. It’s a free, simple .exe application that you fire up before logging into World of Warcraft that looks for the game, your controller and the ConsolePort add-on, and pulls them all together. You don’t really need to do anything with it other than having it running in the background, but make sure it’s open before you start playing, or ConsolePort won’t work properly. Download the .zip from the Github link above, extract and run it, or run the application from the browser dialogue, and you’re good to go.

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Step 3: Download the ConsolePort add-on. It is free and can be found on the Curseforge add-ons site. Unzip it, and put that folder somewhere you can find.

Step 4: Find your World of Warcraft add-ons folder. It’s here where you’re going to place the contents of the ConslePort zip download. Typically, it’s found at C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Interface\AddOns. You might have _retail_ or _classic_ variants depending on if you’ve fired up the World of Warcraft Classic mode.

Step 5: Put the unzipped ConsolePort folder in your \AddOns folder.

Step 6: Fire up World of Warcraft, and, in the bottom left corner of the character select screen, hit the ‘Add Ons’ button, and make sure all the ConsolePort checkboxes are ticked OTHER THAN THE ADVANCED OPTION. The advanced options are great, but you’ll want to explore them only if you want to go beyond the default settings. That gets a bit more complicated, and won’t be necessary for most players.

Step 7: Enter Azeroth with your character of choice!

Step 8: Complete the ConsolePort calibration tool. This will run immediately after you boot up the game, and will ask you to complete a series of button presses to map your controller to ConsolePort’s default button layout. This will put your skills on the most sensibly-mapped face buttons, as well as giving you direct control your character with the left stick, camera control with the right stick, and activating a mouse cursor with a click of the right stick, which in turn lets you move the cursor around. Hover the cursor back over your character and you’re back in control of the camera again!

Step 9: Play and customise! Each World of Warcraft character build and class style plays a little differently, so you’ll likely want to re-map a few commands to different buttons. For instance, on our Xbox controller we have the ‘A’ button set to cycle targets.

ConsolePort is an incredibly versatile add-on. While it’ll always be limited by Blizzard’s lack of native controller support, it does a fantastic job straight out of its default calibration set up. If you have a little patience, you’ll be able to tweak it to work well enough to even handle some Mythic raids, and can easily be switched on or off by disabling the add-on at the character select screen, without losing your preferences.

Top tip! Don’t forget that you have different skills available while holding down the L or R triggers, as well as holding L+R together at the same time. Also, hitting L+R+A brings up a utility wheel where you can put things like your hearthstone, fishing pole or quest items for easy access.

Have fun!

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Gerald Lynch

Gerald is Editor-in-Chief of Previously he was the Executive Editor for TechRadar, taking care of the site's home cinema, gaming, smart home, entertainment and audio output. He loves gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Before TechRadar, Gerald was Editor of Gizmodo UK. He is also the author of 'Get Technology: Upgrade Your Future', published by Aurum Press.

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How do you use a controller on MHW? ›

right click Steam, click Settings, click Controller, click General Controller Settings. enable whichever controllers you wanna use. Have the generic one ticked if you're using xinput or a ps3 controller. tick playstation if you're using a ps4 controller only.

Can you use a controller on New World MMO? ›

New World does not have official controller support; however, all of the keys are re-bindable. So if you plug in a controller, you can go into the options menu, hit controls, and remap all of the keys to the buttons on your controller. It will work once you've done that if you have a controller plugged into your PC.

Can you play any PC game with controller? ›

Any controller that has two analog sticks, two shoulder buttons, and two trigger buttons, and is capable of connecting to your computer via USB, is usable with PC games.

Will World of Warcraft ever come to console? ›

World of Warcraft coming to consoles is a rumor as old as time in the gaming world. However tantalizing the idea has been for the years and years it has circulated, that's all is been is a rumor as developer Blizzard Entertainment has never revealed any solid concrete plans to bring the MMORPG game to console devices.

Does Wow have controller support? ›

While it is possible to use a controller via an in-game console command (opens in new tab) in Shadowlands, it's not at all intuitive and pretty fiddly to set up. So if Blizzard is pushing toward more user-friendly controller support that can only be a good thing, regardless of what happens with Microsoft.

How do you use a controller on New World PC? ›

How to Set Up Your Controller in New World
  1. Launch New World.
  2. Bring up the Steam Overlay by hitting Shift + Tab on your keyboard. ...
  3. From the top-right corner of the Steam Overlay, select Controller Configuration.
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How do I activate a controller on Steam? ›

How do I enable Steam Controller Configuration?
  1. In Steam click on the Steam menu tab.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Controller in the pop-up box.
  4. Click on the General Controller Settings box.
  5. Place a checkmark in the box for your controller type.
  6. Open Big Picture Mode by clicking the icon in the upper right-hand corner.

Is New World MMO pay to win? ›

considering AGS seems to tolerate botters, cheaters, dupers, and gold buyers, id say yes it is pay to win. you can buy all the best in slot gear and weapons with gold.

Do Pro PC gamers use controllers? ›

Most pro players use a mouse and keyboard. But, you should play with what you are good with instead of just playing with what the pros use. Some games you must use a controller because they are unplayable with the mouse and keyboard like Rocket League.

Do most PC players use controllers? ›

Yes, PC gamers do use controllers, however it isn't that common as the majority of PC gamers prefer to use mouse and keyboard.

How do I force a game to play with a controller? ›

From the game's menu in Steam's Big Picture mode, simply click “Manage Game,” and then in “Controller Options,” make sure it's set to the “Forced On” option. Once enabled, click the “Controller Configuration” button to customize your controller's layout to your heart's content.

Is WoW 2022 free? ›

Blizzard Entertainment — the developer behind the legendary MMORPG World of Warcraft (WoW for short) — has announced that from now until September 5, 2022, returning players can get the base edition of the Shadowlands expansion for free, along with a Level 50 Character Boost.

How much does it cost to play WoW in 2022? ›

In short, you can begin playing WoW Classic and all content up through the 8th expansion (Shadowlands) for the price of a monthly subscription. In the U.S., this will cost you $14.99/month for a single month, $41.97 for 3 months, or $77.94 for a 6-month commitment.

Is WoW Worth Playing 2022? ›

I encourage everyone to try it at least once, it's a truly immense game and no matter what you like to do in a video game WoW will have something to satisfy you.

Can you play MHW on PC with controller? ›

Monster Hunter World was designed to be played on a controller. You want to make sure your controller has clickable right/left analog sticks. I reccommend either an Xbox Controller or a Stratus Duo.

Can a controller be as good as a mouse? ›

The precision of a mouse & keyboard can't be matched in this scenario. However, if you play a lot of racing games or car games (think Rocket League and sim racers) then a controller is likely to have the edge for you too. You should buy a controller if you: Prefer a traditional pad in both hands.

What are the controls for WoW? ›

The basic movement keys are W, A, S, and D. You'll find that a lot of games use this layout. Press W to go forward, S to go backward, A to turn left, and D to turn right. It's not a bad idea to practice leaving the fingers of your left hand on those keys, and your right hand on the mouse.

Is World of Warcraft only on PC? ›

In short, no, World of Warcraft is not available on console. While Blizzard's other titles, including the likes of Overwatch and Diablo, are available on all platforms, WoW remains a PC exclusive.

Is WoW free to play? ›

How do I renew my WoW subscription? World of Warcraft is always FREE to play up to level 20, but in order to play high level characters you'll need a subscription.

What kind of PC do you need to play New World? ›

Can I Run New World? Despite its game world's lofty size, the New World system requirements are quite modest. On the CPU front, you'll need a minimum of an Intel Core i5-2400 or an AMD quad core processor, but stepping up to an Intel Core i7-2600K or AMD Ryzen 5 1400 will provide a more stable experience.

Why won't Steam let me use my controller? ›

To do that, go to the game's Properties > Controller and set it to Enable Steam Input. Restart the game and see if it fixes the issue. If the problem persists, launch the game, go to the Options menu, and select Steam Controller Settings.

Why won't my Steam game recognize my controller? ›

What causes Steam not detecting controller? According to user reports, the issue is often related to improper game settings. In addition, some incompatible device drivers, hardware defects, and outdated clients are responsible for the error.

How do I get Steam to recognize my controller? ›

To do this, please follow these steps:
  1. In Big Picture mode, go to Settings > Controller > Controller settings.
  2. Highlight your Steam Controller in the device list and select. Support.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the diagnostic test.

Is there a monthly fee to play New World? ›

Does New World require a monthly subscription? New World does not have a monthly subscription fee. This means that once you purchase the game, there are no ongoing costs or fees to play it.

What MMO is 2022 worth? ›

WoW might not be the king it once was, but the game still performs at the top tier. Modern WoW is more approachable than ever, it still plays great, and for this, it's counted as maybe the best MMORPG even in 2022.

Do you need a good PC to play New World? ›

New World game details

You'll need at least an Intel Core i7-2600K or AMD Ryzen 5 1400 for a CPU. It currently has some of the highest system requirements out of any game in our system so hopefully you have a really high-end PC if you're looking to check this one out.

Why is aiming with a controller so hard? ›

Sensitivity, precision and you being too used to using a mouse. With a mouse you can easily change the sensitivity and be a lot more precise. However on controllers a higher sensitivity would usually be a pretty bad choice. With a mouse everything happens a lot faster and you can be a lot more precise.

Why are PC players better than controller players? ›

Pc has better framerates and graphics but, network speed is roughly the same. A top tier pc player is better than a top tier console player, but there is no reason a bad pc player would be better than the average console player. “Better" is subjective. A console gamer will not understand having to go through the .

Is it easier to aim with mouse or controller? ›

The most obvious advantage of a mouse over a controller is that it can make aiming easier. In a first person shooter, or any game where accuracy is important, a mouse is usually a competitive advantage, and facilitates easier execution of reaction-based shooting, like flickshots.

Is it easier to play on controller or PC? ›

A Keyboard & Mouse Is Better, But Harder To Master

The ergonomics of a controller makes it difficult to press many different buttons together or in quick succession. This means that you may be able to get the basics down in most games, but performing more complex moves isn't going to be as easy.

Are PC games better with controller? ›

It might seem counterintuitive, but these PC games are much better if you use a controller instead of the old mouse and keyboard. A keyboard and mouse configuration is suited for many PC games, yet it is intuitive to use a controller with specific genres such as sports games, racing titles, and fighters.

How do I get games to recognize my controller? ›

You may have to enable the game controller for the game.
To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Settings.
  2. In the Control list, click to select the Enable Joystick check box.
  3. Click OK to exit the settings window.

Why won't my controller connect to my game? ›

If your Xbox controller won't connect, you should first make sure the batteries aren't dead. You can also try updating your Xbox One controller and console to fix the issue. Check that there are no interfering objects or devices, and move or disconnect them if necessary.

Can I use Xbox controller on MHW for PC? ›

To be clear, it absolutely does have controller support including in game prompts.

Is it better to play MHW with keyboard or controller? ›

Pretty much every game other then a select few platform games, plays better on KBM. Mhw and Rise is amazing with KBM. Played with both gamepad and KBM.

Is Monster Hunter a controller game? ›

Monster Hunter Tri features a wide array of controller configurations and options.

How do I use PS4 controller on PC? ›

While pressing and holding the SHARE button, press and hold the PS Button until the light bar flashes. Enable Bluetooth on your device, and then select the controller from the list of Bluetooth devices. When pairing is complete, the light bar blinks, and then the player indicator lights up.

Can you play all PC games with Xbox controller? ›

Xbox Controllers

Whether it came with the Xbox One or Xbox Series, or you bought it separately, the Xbox Wireless Controller is immediately compatible with any Windows 10 or 11 PC as a wired controller; just plug it into a USB port and you can start playing with it.

What PC games can I use my Xbox controller on? ›

  • Rogue Legacy 2. August 18, 2020. PC. ...
  • Train Sim World 2. August 20, 2020. PC. ...
  • Fly Punch Boom! May 28, 2020. PC. ...
  • Blair Witch. August 30, 2019. PC. ...
  • ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove! February 28, 2019. MAC. ...
  • The King of Fighters AllStar. July 26, 2018. PC. ...
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance. February 13, 2018. PC. ...
  • Astroneer. December 16, 2016. PC.

Can you use classic Xbox controller on PC? ›

The original Xbox controllers are USB-compatible and can be connected to a PC with an adapter. Cutting original Xbox controller cables to make an adapter is not necessary.

What takes more skill keyboard or controller? ›

controller takes more skill than keyboard mouse.

Do most PC gamers use a controller or keyboard? ›

No, a majority of PC gamers play with keyboard and mouse. This is because most pc games are developed to suit a mouse and keyboard better than they would a controller. Although having said that, lots of gamers use controllers and steering wheels among other types of gadgets.

Is controller better for gaming? ›

Evenly Matched. It may not be the most satisfying answer, but the truth is that there is no clear victor between keyboard and mouse vs. controller. It comes down to the genre of game you're playing, and, most importantly, personal preference.

Is controller good for gaming? ›

These gaming controllers have an edge while playing on a gaming PC. From poorly ported console games to action adventures and racing simulators, there are more than a few cases where a gaming keyboard and gaming mouse aren't necessarily going to be the best input options for PC games.

Is Monster Hunter world Iceborne the same as Monster Hunter: World? ›

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is a brand new expansion for Monster Hunter: World. A new world awaits, with more powerful monsters, and challenging master rank quests!


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