Xbox and PlayStation Controller Support In Development for World of Warcraft

Author: Jerry Martin

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Filed Under: Featured | News | PC | Playstation

Published On: April 14, 2020

A dataminer named Martin Benjamins was datamining World of Warcraft Shadowlands code, and stumbled across game pad bindings for PS4, PS4 Pro, and PS5. Things escalated quickly from that as it was a strong hint that Blizzard could be working on porting WoW over to PlayStation consoles. Unfortunately, these rumors were shot down quickly, but there is major significance to these game pad bindings and it could change the way you play Wow forever.

Once word about the game pad bindings went live on Blizzard’s World of Warcraft forums, community manager, Randy “Kaivax” Jordan, stepped in to clarify just what these mysterious codes represent. In short, the studios has an ongoing project in which it experiments with controller support for the Shadowlands expansion.

“For a long time, we’ve seen a small number of players turn to 3rd party addons, such as Console Port 17, in order to work through certain accessibility issues. We always want to make WoW more widely accessible, if possible, so in Shadowlands, we’re attempting to add some support for keybinds, camera, and turning a character on controllers such as the Xbox Adaptive Controller.”

So, in other words, if you’re one of the folks that has always wished you could use a controller as opposed to the keyboard and mouse, then this could be good news for you. It does, however, mean that a port to PS4 or PS5 anytime soon probably isn’t happening, so you’ll be stuck playing on PC for the foreseeable future. Of course, you should also keep in mind that Blizzard has ported bother Diablo 3 and Overwatch to PS4 and Xbox One, so it’s not outside of Blizzards capability to port WoW over to consoles eventually.

We’re keeping our eyes peeled for new developments, but until then, be sure to read up on the new PS5 DualSense Controller or how you can sign up for PS5 pre-order notifications.