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Can You Play Valorant with a Controller?

Can You Play Valorant with a Controller?

When it comes to gaming, there are a variety of games and ways you can play. The two main ways are via a console (such as an X-box) or on your computer. Many people prefer one or the other and have their reasons for their preferences. However, some people who usually prefer console gaming, really want to try games that are only available on PC. One such game is Valorant. This leads to the question of whether you can play Valorant with a controller?

While it is possible to play Valorant with a controller, it is not ideal. Valorant very much relies on precise and controlled movements. Such precision is much simpler and easier to do with a mouse and keyboard than with a controller, where it’s much easier to overdo any action with a button. 

However, if you like the idea of a challenge or want to try something new, there is safe software you can download which will help make it a bit simpler. Additionally, there are characters you can play as, and weapons you can play with that will make the experience easier and more enjoyable. Read on to find out more.   

Why Is Valorant Harder to Play with a Controller?

As mentioned already, the ideal way to play Valorant is with a computer because a computer can give you the preciseness you need when doing such things as making tight turns or going around corners. However, another reason that Valorant can give you trouble is that Riot, the company that makes Valorant, created the game with an incredibly strict anti-cheat software called Riot Vanguard. 

Many people who have tried playing Valorant with their console and controller have had their accounts and hardware ID flagged, after which they may have to deal with the following issues

  • Their account is sometimes banned from the game entirely.
  • The loss of in-game purchases. 

How Can I Fix the Problem?

Even though Riot Vanguard may cause some problems, there is a software you can download which will be recognized as legitimate and allow you to play on a console. This software, called reWASD, can be purchased as an app for $6. Or, if you are a little short on cash, you can try it for free for 14 days. Not only is reWASD compatible with Riot Vanguard, but there are several other benefits including:

  • 250 preset configurations. These configurations make it easier to assign actions to specific buttons. Instead of having to do it yourself, it is done for you, making the overall transition smoother and less time-consuming. 
  • Works on a variety of consoles. This includes the less common ones such as PS3 Navigation, SwitchPro, or GameCube. 

Which Character Should I Be?

While the right kind of software can help you avoid issues like being banned or losing your in-game purchases, it is not so helpful at the game itself working smoothly. Some things you can do to help make your gaming experience with a controller go well and be as fun as possible are choosing the right characters, and the right weapons. 

If you want to play with a controller, it is strongly suggested that you choose a Duelist as your in-game character. One such character is Jett, whose abilities are such that her movements are naturally more precise even when playing with a controller. 

Should I Choose a Specific Weapon?

In addition to choosing the right character for the controller, you want to make sure that your weapons are good for defending yourself. With that in mind, choose any of the following to have a fighting chance:

  • Sniper rifles.
  • Shotguns.
  • Sheriffs. 

It is important to note that even with the correct software, and choosing the right characters and weapons, that it is unlikely that you will win Valorant using a controller. However, you can still have a lot of fun and give yourself a better chance of succeeding than you would otherwise. 

Final thoughts

Many games are designed specifically for and work better with consoles or played on PC. However, people are often looking for a way to crossover and play games both ways. This is true of the game Valorant, which was designed to be played on a PC. While it is possible to play Valorant with a controller, it is not the recommended method as you don’t get the level of precision you need.

If you still want to try Valorant using a controller and console, then you should download reWASD software, be sure to choose a Duelist as your character, and defensive weapons such as a shotgun, or sniper rifle to give yourself a fighting chance.