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The average PC gamer likely has one controller that they use for a particular game. Plug that controller into your PC, launch the game, and play. Not a lot of extra thought. however, can Learn how to use your controller and create an experience specifically tailored to the games you play and how you play. Next, let’s introduce reWASD.
Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of reWASD. The company is relatively small in the gaming world — he only has 625 members on the reWASD subreddit at the time of writing. But I have no idea why that is the case. I tried the app earlier this year and now wonder how I would have lived without it.
To fully understand what this software can do, let me explain what it is, my specific use case, and how reWASD improved everything.
About this article: I bought a deluxe reWASD license for myself and have been using it for 10 months.
What exactly is reWASD?
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In essence, reWASD is a complete customization suite for almost all major game controllers. If you can connect your controller to your PC, this software will most likely allow you to customize your controller to your heart’s content.
Also, “customize” doesn’t mean swapping buttons or writing macros.in short customization, as in letting the controller do almost anything. Hit the “B” button to launch Microsoft Word on her computer, type “Hello World, I’m typing in Microsoft Word”, and then email the document to Mom? I don’t know why they do that, but reWASD basically turns your controller into whatever you want: a keyboard, mouse, another controller, a gyro controller, or any input method imaginable.
reWASD is like God Mode, but for controllers.
In addition to comprehensive customization options, you can also configure your controller to perform different functions in different scenarios and automatically switch between them. For example, say Game A and Game B have their own custom controller layouts. When you launch game A, it gets one layout, and when you switch to game B, it automatically switches to your own layout. Do you have two different layouts for game B? You can hot swap between them with a button combination. Additionally, if you switch to desktop between the two games, you can also use a specific configuration for that.
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Those with multiple controllers for different situations will appreciate the power of reWASD. This software allows you to customize specific controllers for specific actions. This means that if you have two Sony DualSense controllers, you can create specific macros for each rather than being limited to both controllers having the same customizations.
Indeed, many of these features are possible with other software, including the Steam Controller Overlay. However, reWASD is platform independent, so you don’t need Steam (or anything else) open for it to work. It also has pretty much every controller option we’ve ever seen in one suite, so you don’t have to jump between different programs to get what you want. Finally, I’ve never come across controller software that looks better, works better, and is updated more frequently.
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Usage: PC games, emulation, mouse functions
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Common PC games use reWASD to remap the Sony DualSense controller to the Xbox One controller. This is mainly for on-screen button matching for older titles. In fact, I swapped the buttons on the DualSense to match his ABXY face buttons on the Xbox controller. With custom buttons and reWASD, older games will think you’re playing with an Xbox controller and show Xbox buttons on your screen. These buttons match what you see on your controller.
No need to drag a keyboard and mouse to your couch when you can control everything from your controller with reWASD.
Why not actually use an Xbox controller? In my opinion, Xbox controllers lack gyro support or touchpads, so DualSense is much better for PC gaming. With DualSense, you can game on your couch or use your touchpad as a mouse when you need it. This gives you the full couch experience without having to touch a keyboard or mouse.Gyro controls are also available if you prefer. For example, you can make your character jump when you pull the controller up, or crouch when you push it down.
We also do a lot of retro console emulation. To that end, I mostly use his 8bitdo SN30 Pro Plus controller, so you get that Nintendo feel (and Japanese-style face buttons). The SN30 Pro Plus has all the buttons found on all Nintendo consoles, so you can customize your controller to function differently on each emulator. For example, the GameCube controller has the traditional ABXY buttons for him, but not in the usual layout. You can swap them out as needed in GameCube games, but they automatically put them back together when playing SNES games.Similarly, the SN30 Pro Plus’ gyro controls allow it to emulate a Wiimote ( Thanks to Dolphin, I’m using his real Wiimote for this). And with reWASD, you can easily perform touchscreen functions on your TV. This is especially useful for Nintendo DS and 3DS emulation.
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It also uses a popular emulation frontend called LaunchBox (if you don’t know, there’s an Android version now). With reWASD you can easily swap from LaunchBox to an emulator and control each program with a separate setup. This allowed me to have full control of my PC from my couch without having to touch my keyboard or mouse.
With reWASD you can sit in your living room, turn on your PC and play games. Jump from PC games to emulation without standing up or using anything but a controller. You can even switch to your desktop to open new programs, change settings, or even shut down your PC from just the controller. You can hot swap controllers in the middle of a game if you want. For every problem you’ve ever thought of, reWASD has a solution.
reWASD is cheap, well supported, and has a great Android app.
You can get started with reWASD for free for 7 days. During that trial period, you will have access to all features of the Basic license. A basic license allows you to do everything important and costs $7.00. This is a one-time fee, not a monthly bill.
After playing with various settings for about an hour during the trial, I immediately purchased the Deluxe Lifetime Pass. The Deluxe Package gives you access to advanced mapping, more save slots, and other great features. It costs just over $40, but it has frequent sales (only $25.99 at the time of this writing). Now that I know how much my gaming life has improved, I’m willing to pay $100 for this software, so $40 is a steal, not to mention the $7 base license.
Paying just $7 for what this software offers is a steal.
There are also mobile apps for Android and iOS. When used on the same network as your PC, you can view and control mapping from the app without using PC software. This allows you to swap controller macros on-the-fly without leaving the game, for example. You can even turn your phone into a controller with the reWASD mobile app. This allows games and emulators to support both gyros and touchscreens. This mobile app is free if you have a PC app license.
reWASD is also frequently updated with new features. In the 10 months I’ve used it, it’s added support for new controllers, including the Xbox Elite Series 2. Customer support is also very good, with representatives responding very quickly to his Reddit posts and support tickets. I struggled to get things going at first, but the rep helped me every step of the way on his reWASD subreddit.
As long as you don’t mind the learning curve, you’ll get great software, affordable prices, and great support.
Unfortunately, this leads to one big problem with reWASD: the learning curve. With so many options it can be very overwhelming to learn how it all works. It’s not a solution for. Expect to spend a few hours learning how to do everything the suite has to offer. increase.
I honestly don’t understand why reWASD isn’t popular. This was literally a game changer, so I hope more people check it out after reading this.