How to use a PC controller on the elder scrolls game

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How to use a PC controller on the elder scrolls game
Many players prefer a gamepad to the keyboard and mouse. (Video game controller image by Christopher Meder from

In 2006, Bethesda Softworks released "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion," and the game was met with immediate and nearly universal praise. Its compelling storyline, versitile gameplay, rich and believable world and enormous replay value combined to create a fantastic role-playing experience. The game is available on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (PS3). The PC version is optimised for use with a keyboard and mouse. If you prefer to use a gamepad when playing, you can set up and use one with Oblivion, though in some cases you may need to adjust a few settings.

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    Access the controller options in the "Options" menu and click "Controls." Select the left and right arrows at the top of the window to bring up the "Joystick" options. Assign all options for the controller's input. Press "Escape" while playing Oblivion, or select "Options" from the main menu screen.

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    Change the input settings to fit your preferences. Click an action, and the game will prompt you to press the button on the game pad you wish to associate with this action. Press "Escape" on the keyboard to disassociate any input for that action.

  3. 3

    Adjust the Y-axis inversion and joystick assignments, if necessary. Access the "Options" menu under "Controls."

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    Install a third-party controller emulator, such as Pinnacle Game Profiler and JoytoKey (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Check the current keyboard layout designations for Oblivion to determine controller button assignment. Determine the function of each button on the keyboard and mouse to set up your controller.

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    Configure the controller to fit your preferences. Assign buttons on the controller to keys on the keyboard. For instance, if you want the controller's "A" button to make your character jump, assign it to the "jump" action on the keyboard, which is "E" by default.

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    Close Oblivion.

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    Locate the "Oblivion.ini" file in "%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Oblivion" or "%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\My Games\Oblivion."

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    Copy the "Oblivion.ini" file to another place on your hard drive to create a backup copy.

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    Open the "Oblivion.ini" file in the "Oblivion" folder. Open the file with a word processor, such as Notepad.

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    Change the values in the file to exactly the values that appear at the Bethesda support page (see Resources). Search for the terms if you have trouble locating them. The values are all together in the INI file, so you can copy and paste them from the website.

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    Adjust the movement joystick sensitivity in the "Oblivion.ini" file, if necessary. The "fJoystickMoveFBMult" and "fJoystickMoveLRMult" values affect the sensitivity of the joystick assigned to moving your character. The former affects your movement forwards and backwards, and the latter affects your movement left and right.

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    Adjust the viewing joystick sensitivity in the "Oblivion.ini" file, if necessary. The "fJoystickLookUDMult" and "fJoystickLookLRMult" values affect the sensitivity of the joystick assigned to moving your character looking up, down, left and right. The former affects your viewing up and down, and the latter affects your viewing left and right.

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    Save and close the "Oblivion.ini" file.

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    Assign other control functions to the game pad as described in section 1.

Tips and warnings

  • "%USERPROFILE%" is a designator for your documents folder, ususally called "Documents" or "My Documents." Windows will navigate to that location if you copy and paste the directory in section 3 into Windows Explorer. You can also click the "Start" button and select "Documents" or "My Documents" and drill down from there.
  • The default keyboard layout is in your users manual, and the current keyboard layout is under "Options," then "Controls," then the "Controls" button, then the "Keyboard" selection at the top of the window.
  • Often the settings in the "Oblivion.ini" file will help correct issues you may have even with non-Xbox 360 controller joysticks.

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