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Can You Play Destiny 2 With A GameCube Controller?

Thanks to the tireless efforts of one Guardian, we can all now use GameCube controllers in the Crucible.


One Guardian has gone above and beyond to make Destiny 2 on PC work using a GameCube controller, and the results are pretty great. The Guardian, going by the name of Humble10 on Reddit, posted about their work on this idea, saying that it took. about 2 hours to get fully working. They even included a video of this strange new way of playing.

As you can see, the controls don’t quite map out as they do with say a Stadia controller. Jumping is restricted to the C-Stick for example, and weapon swapping is a little janky because the button input is registered as a double click for heavy weapons, but on the whole, this seems to work rather well.

Humble10 explained that they used a third-party GameCube controller for this, a USB one instead of an original.

The first issue that Humble10 ran into was trigger control registering, it just wasn’t happening. They think that because the triggers on the controller aren’t analogue, that Destiny 2’s internal configuration system doesn’t recognise them. The issue seems to be that Destiny 2 uses input that shows whether a controller is only pulled down by a certain percent, which you can’t track on the GameCube controller.

To get around this, the triggers were mapped to the K and W keys, and that seemed to fix the issue. While it does allow the controller to work, it doesn’t let you use aim assist, a big problem for some Guardians.

The second hurdle that Humble10 came up against was aiming. The C-Stick wasn’t initially an option, because Destiny 2 turns thumbstick input into gamepad input, which won’t work for aiming.

The solution was oddly simple. Changing the C-Stick input to a joystick just fixed it, but Humble10 doesn’t know why. It’s also worth noting that clicking the left joystick will still make a Guardian sprint, but jump as been mapped to clicking the C-Stick, because it was too awkward on the GameCube controller layout to map to a button.

I love seeing people mess around with PC games to see what sort of controller they can run them on. This has to be one of the most inventive, but I think we could still go further if we tried. There are Guitar Hero controllers out there that have been used to kill Crota, what else can we use?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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I'm an avid Destiny 2 fan and player. I fell in love with Destiny 1 during the early alpha and have been hooked by the universe ever since. I really enjoy playing with other Guardians, speculating about the lore, and writing about as much of the Destiny universe as I can.

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