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Can You Play Escape From Tarkov With a Controller?

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Escape from Tarkov became a smash hit, thanks to sites like Twitch, and was beloved by fans for providing a hardcore, in-depth RPG. The game's brutal difficulty made it a standout among much tamer battle royales like Fortnite and PUBG. Despite this, there has been a lack of dedicated controller support. While PC fans can easily access this game, many console gamers are wondering if it's possible the game will provide controller support in the future.

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If you're thinking about going the controller route, the Xbox Elite Controller is your best bet / Courtesy of Microsoft

Can You Play Escape From Tarkov With a Controller?

In short, there is no official support for either Xbox or PS controllers. The main reason seems to be that Escape from Tarkov is too complicated to put on a controller, as it requires a flexible amount of buttons that can only be found on a keyboard.

While this is unfortunate for console gamers, that doesn't mean there's no support period. There are a few methods to playing it through a mildly convoluted workaround. One way to do it, according to TheGamer, is to launch Tarkov in Big Picture mode, thus allowing you to map keybindings to the controller. It is advised to use an Xbox Elite controller, as the back paddles will give you four additional buttons to work with.

Despite there being a workaround, the best way to play is via keyboard and mouse, as the range of options beats any type of controller easily. Still, for those who need a controller for some reason, there are a range of options to help you enjoy the game.