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Seal__McClubsky #1 Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:21 PM

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Hi fellow tankers,

 

since iOS 13 it is possible to couple XBOX and PS4 controllers to your iOS devices like iPad and iPhone. Has anyone tried this with Blitz? And if so, what is your experience?

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Mjr_Eazy #2 Posted 14 October 2019 - 09:53 PM

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Interesting, I've not tried but will give it a whirl with xbox controller (my eldest has took PS4 to Uni with her :() and post back results...

I found this which reckons it works and has mappings of buttons...

https://controller.w...-of-tanks-blitz


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O_o__O_o__O_o #3 Posted 15 October 2019 - 12:14 AM

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it will not work since blitz dont support controls
unless they added it specially for ios 13 and forgot to mention it in latest update
if you have rooted android device you can overlay it on top of the touch controls but its not working great
buy used xbox 360 for £20-£30 and play wot console if you want to play with controller :)
if u prefer you can also get some cheap windows tablet and attach kb&mouse
linx 7/8 goes again for £20-£30 used :)

The_Mighty_Wombat #4 Posted 15 October 2019 - 06:23 AM

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I had a controller set up prior to this update and havent tried since.

The controller could work but lacked support so some buttons couldnt be mapped.

I also used a xbox controller and mapped it to work on pc for Wotb, Wot and WoWS.

 

I found for tanks the controller lacked the accuracy that touch screen or mouse gave. 
I gave up the controller pretty quickly for these but still play the occasional wows game with it.

You can try mapping it and play around in a training room to test it. 



Mjr_Eazy #5 Posted 15 October 2019 - 07:33 AM

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I found this video which reckons it’s Xbox One S controllers and PS4 controllers with iOS 13...

I don’t think mine is xbox 1s, I got it at launch...

xbox bit is from 1:50...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZOAyT0unnU

 

Updated: I’d forgotten my middle one has an xbox one s in her room so tried that controller, it worked fine...

Ignore the naysayers - IT WORKS!

driving seemed fine and the look around with right stick is very natural for a gamer, it had the consumables mapped to abxy and zoom on L1

Chat not being mapped I could live with out but and this is a deal breaker for me...

I couldn’t find a way to change ammo on the controller :(


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gallabru #6 Posted 15 October 2019 - 10:45 AM

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I had a bluetooth controller for use on my Android Tablet. I was hoping to be able to press all buttons simultaneously or get used to rotating turret without rotating the direction of observations.

As said above, I found the direction buttons were not that accurate and learned that I was too old to control more than two fingers at the same time. I have abandonned that.


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Mjr_Eazy #7 Posted 15 October 2019 - 11:35 AM

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I found driving and looking round with the 2 thumbsticks very responsive and intuitive and better than touch but not being able to swap ammo without using touch screen was a deal breaker, I’ll have another go later and see if I can remap buttons...

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Seal__McClubsky #8 Posted 15 October 2019 - 12:59 PM

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Thanks mate! Keep me posted... the ammo thing is a bummer indeed, except when you play tier 1....

 


Mjr_Eazy #9 Posted 15 October 2019 - 10:16 PM

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Lol, tier I it is...

I had a quick look and didn’t see anything in blitz or settings on my phone to let me map buttons...

I raised a ticket to see if they can help, long shot I know....


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Buckleyteer2 #10 Posted 16 October 2019 - 10:09 AM

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Interesting so you just connected through Bluetooth??

The_Mighty_Wombat #11 Posted 17 October 2019 - 06:44 AM

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View PostBuckleyteer2, on 16 October 2019 - 11:09 AM, said:

Interesting so you just connected through Bluetooth??


Yeah just use bluetooth to connect, just pair it like a new device.

Then some controls will automatically map.

Some apps will have a settings menu to help map buttons.

I cant test blitz as not at home. 

This link could help. 

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-hook-up-a-game-controller-to-your-ipad/


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Mjr_Eazy #12 Posted 17 October 2019 - 06:56 AM

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View PostBuckleyteer2, on 16 October 2019 - 10:09 AM, said:

Interesting so you just connected through Bluetooth??


yeah, I just did what the video I posted said...

It has to be iOS 13 and a specific model of xbox one s controller, the video I posted has the number, any ps4 one should work...

I combed through settings in iOS and in the game and couldn’t find anything, I was hoping there’d be something like the keyboard mapping settings page in blitz you get when on Mac/PC...

Maybe I missed it so if anyone else finds one let me know pls as it was a lot better than touch for me on phone, not having the touch buttons and my big fat thumbs clutter 1/2 the screen was brilliant and the driving/aiming/shooting just felt so natural...


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O_o__O_o__O_o #13 Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:57 AM

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like i said blitz dont support controls thats why you cant find where to map buttons :)

you may be able to connect and use half the functions but overall its not optimised

only methods of play supported by WG are touch and mouse and kb

i tried 1-2years ago on my rooted tablet with an app to map buttons and worked almost fine but the aim was awful for me to control but seems like its great for you :)

maybe send a ticket to support if you are lucky and many people ask for this they will add it next year

 



Seal__McClubsky #14 Posted 17 October 2019 - 11:26 AM

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I will send a ticket. Would be brilliant to have physical buttons... too often i missed the fire button...

 


The_Mighty_Wombat #15 Posted 19 October 2019 - 08:23 PM

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Got home today and tested the xbox controller on ipad air 2 with latest updates.

Super simple to pair it on bluetooth like any new device.

Loaded up game and no native support.

So menus etc must be navigated by touch screen.

 

Loaded up a training room.

left thumb stick is move tank

right thumb stick is aim

left button is zoom in/out

right trigger is shoot

y consumable 1

x consumable 2

a consumable 3

so the absolute basics work with other buttons doing nothing.

 

no mapping for chat commands, menu or ammo selection. Even with ammo selector open there was no actions.

 

Driving and aiming with thumb sticks is a personal preference but found them too quick to aim accurately, even after adjusting camera and joystick sensitivity in game settings.

I can test other stuff if needed.

 

If your mainly having trouble hitting the fire button the go into settings, controls then customization.

you can move the fire button and there is a slider to enlarge it.

Enlarge and move it to a more natural position and you should be able to hit it easier.

Moving too many items can play havoc with muscle memory, new updates that reset buttons throw me off till I set them up again. 



Seal__McClubsky #16 Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:51 AM

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Thanks for the elaborate feedback, Wombat. Let’s hope WG will incorporate controller controls in a future update. The only thing that will be impossible to do is chatting. Not a big loss there.....:hiding:

 


Mjr_Eazy #17 Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:10 AM

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View PostSeal__McClubsky, on 20 October 2019 - 09:51 AM, said:

Thanks for the elaborate feedback, Wombat. Let’s hope WG will incorporate controller controls in a future update. The only thing that will be impossible to do is chatting. Not a big loss there.....:hiding:


Yeah thanks Wombat, I was too lazy to write up details ;)

Aye,  no chat is no big deal, the only thing I would like is ammo selection, I have tried playing a few with controller and found it good but have parked it as can’t live without ammo selection, yes I spam a lot of prammo :P

 

As O_o__... said it’s not officially supported...


 



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The_Mighty_Wombat #18 Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:25 AM

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It wouldnt be hard to set up the ammo selector and quick chat emotes.

The d-pad is still unassigned and a couple of the free buttons could even be used as hotkeys.

But I dont see WG bothering for controller support anytime soon.



O_o__O_o__O_o #19 Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:37 AM

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wow they recommended you the forum not their useless discord im really impressed




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