Hi. I have recently had the opportunity to test out the controller build, and here are my findings.
What controller are you using?
I have used both a Xinput xbox 360 controller, and a Dinput generic controller.
Does the controller work?
The xbox controller works fine, mostly, with some bizarre occasions where the game would not register any actions for the button presses (even though it was still registering the actual button presses.)I think this might have had something to do with the controller disconnecting and being reconnected or something to that effect(It would be really nice if the game would recognise that a controller has been plugged in without needing a restart. Don't know the feasability of this). I did find that the advanced audio menu in options caused this behaviour aswell.
The Dinput generic controller, however had a wierd issue where the buttons where mapped completely wrong, (e.g. the game thought Y is A, down on the left analog is left trigger, and the triggers are back and start.)
Please check out the new gamepad customization menu in the Options. Does it work, and does it make sense? Is it relevant to the pad you’re using? How could it be improved?
The new gamepad menu was great, however, aside from the Dinput controller issues, I noticed that logically, the bumper drop down menu should really be below the trigger one. It didn't line up with the controller picture. Somethings that I think would greatly improve the menu: Have line traces coming from the drop down boxes to whichever button they correspond to. This would make it a lot more intuitive as to which drop down affects which button (though it was pretty good anyway.) It would also be nice to have any option that there is for pc keyboard bindings in the drop down (even if they're all not used.)For example an event for starting a car engine that you can bind if you so wish, or a horn/shout key bind event. It would also be nice to be able to remap the d-pad.
I think it would also be nice to have the option to change the button prompts to playstation button prompts, for people who use playstation controllers.
I think the FAQ page was quite confusing, at least for me, as there where no real answers to frequently asked questions on controllers there.
How does your gamepad feel in-game? Is there anything missing, and has anything changed that you’re used to playing with?
The gamepad ingame felt fairly good. I had issues where the character would randomly stop sprinting for some reason, but that could possible be due to over sensive dead zones for the analog input.
There is a strange issue when the game is paused, the "take over player1, add player, cancel" menu you get when you activate your controller, doesn't register any button presses.
How would you like your gamepad play further improved?
I think the new game menu would greatly benefit from bumper support for the "next" and "back" buttons, and I also think having the option to map one of the controller sticks to a cursor would help with navigating some of the more "mouse & keyboard" designed interfaces, e.g. the level up menu, or the device options menu.
I also think a the option for a "favourites" radial menu would be more useful than the current weapon equip radial menus (or keeping both and having the option for switching between both systems.) (Where it's a radial menu that lets you select any of your favourited items.) This could also benefit M&KB users (perhaps letting you set custtom hotkeys for each favourite slot (e.g. 1-9).
Do you play in split-screen? If so, how is this beta playing?
Yes split screen is great. I would like a more clear way of opening the "take over player1, add player, cancel" menu (as currently it's not very clear as to whether you can switch between controll of player 1 or adding player 2 without reconnecting the controller.)
It would aslo be very helpful if the M&KB player's inventory would resize to take advantage of half the screen automatically.
I think the only other thing for split screen to be even better is if in a savegame description it would show you whether there is a player 2 (or 3 or 4) in that particular save (So you can separate your MP saves from your SP saves easier.)
In the current game when you use inventory and character windows, your survivor on-screen can still move and perform some actions. If we were to forbid this, and have you either controller as your survivor OR having you navigate the UI, how would you feel? How would this change your playing style?
I personally think this is a horrible idea, however I am not against restricting looking while a menu is open, and instead binding the second analog stick to a cursor for use in menus.
What other gamepad bugs or weirdness have you noticed in this build?
Aside from the ones mentioned above, the only other wierd thing was that there was some strangeness with getting into a car in split screen. Player 2 occaisonally had trouble getting into the vehicle (It didn't seem to register the A button press.)
This build also contains a java lwjgl upgrade. Have you noticed any changes in game performance and stability, especially at higher resolutions?
It's hard for me to tell on this new beefy system of mine, but I didn't notice any performance decrease, so that's a good thing.
What's the Number 1 most important issue that you'd like to see resolved in the next update to this beta?
For me personally, it would be the easier navigation of menus, as I feel that playing with a controller at the moment has quite a disadvantage speed wise compared to mouse and keyboard. I think a cursor could be the easiest solution to the above problem, and possible a more intuitive way of selecting multiple items and drag/dropping them.