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Diablo IV Best Controller Upgrades and Settings

by Troy Gloski 16 Jun 2023

The hits just keep on coming! 2023 is now officially in the running for the greatest year in RPG history. Diablo IV is now available for early access pre-orders and the game officially releases on June 6th, so let’s talk about the best equipment and settings to help you prepare to fight the demonic hoards for Sanctuary in the latest installment of the beloved Diablo franchise!

The Diablo IV Limited Edition Collection

Before you start your epic quest, equip yourself with the best gaming gear for Diablo IV with the Diablo® IV Limited Edition collection from SteelSeries and KontrolFreek.

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Diablo IV Performance Thumbsticks

Experience increased grip and control while you hack, slash, and cast through the nightmarish dungeons and besieged towns of Sanctuary. The official laser-etched design and blood-red color will immerse you in the fight for the fate of the world.

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Diablo IV Performance Thumbsticks (Collector’s Edition)

The Diablo IV Performance Thumbsticks were specifically designed to provide more grip and increased control while you hack, slash, and cast to conquer the nightmarish dungeons and besieged towns of Sanctuary. Limited Collector’s Edition features black on red thumbsticks and comes in an exclusive Diablo IV Heroes Cube Case based on the playable classes!

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Arctis Nova 7 Wireless Diablo® IV Edition

Hear every slash with the Nova Acoustic System and High Fidelity Drivers, enabled by a multi-platform wireless USB-C dongle.

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Aerox 5 Wireless Diablo® IV Edition

Instantly access your library of skills with 9 programmable buttons while safeguarded by AquaBarrier™ technology.

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QcK Heavy XL Diablo® IV Edition

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Artisan Keycap: Diablo® IV Edition

Customize your keyboard with a unique, artisan keycap depicting Diablo's demonic visage. There are only 2,160 of these Legendary-quality items.

Best Settings

Now that you’ve upgraded your controller and the rest of your gaming setup, let’s talk about the best controller and game settings to set you up for the best gaming experience in Diablo IV on controller! First thing you should know about playing Diablo IV on controller is that the Diablo franchise and gameplay was not designed for controller in the past, but all of that has changed for Diablo IV. Controller settings are now natively supported for Diablo IV, but that being said, the controls are somewhat complex, so it’s important to optimize them to your playstyle.

First up in Controller Settings, we’re going to leave controller vibration on for this game.

Next up is Cursor Sensitivity, which we increased to 6 but this is largely personal preference.

Our theory with Dead Zone settings is to leave them as small as possible without experiencing unintended inputs or “drift”, but this will change for each controller base on a variety of factors, so test this out for yourself, decreasing those numbers until you experience an issue and then increase the dead zone by 1 or 2 so that unintended input is covered up by the dead zone.

In the Gameplay Settings, we’re going to turn off Combine Interact and Basic Skill. This will enable us to have a different button for interact and basic skill.

For the Controller Bindings, you want to find something that’s comfortable for you to use. We use X for Interact, L2 for Basic Skill, and R2 for Core Skill. Square, Triangle, Circle, and R1 for Skill Slots 1 through 4 respectively. We have Evade set to our L3, but only because we use a controller with paddles on the back that we have Evade mapped to. If you are using a default PS5 or Xbox controller, we recommend remapping evade to one of the buttons like Circle or maybe R1, to make it easier to activate mid fight while you are moving around with the left stick. For those who have a controller with back paddles, we mapped our other paddle to Core Skill 4 (R1), so that we can quickly use that skill in combat. Use potion we have mapped to L1. We have Mount Combat dismount mapped to L2 as well to be consistent with our Basic Skill.

Hold to Lock Target we have turned off and Persist Target Lock is also turned off. You can still press R3 to lock target, but turning these off will make it easier to Cycle Locked Target, which we have turned on.

Lastly, our D-pad settings are Up for the Action Wheel, Right for Mount, Down for Town Portal, and Left for Respond to Social Request.

Diablo IV is incredibly fun on controller. The game takes full advantage of all the functionality of the controllers to provide you with a complex yet intuitive gameplay experience that makes it super fun to endlessly slay hoards of enemies. Once again, do not forget to check out the Diablo IV Limited Edition Collection from KontrolFreek and SteelSeries.

Check out our other KontrolFreek Blogs and be sure to follow us on TwitterInstagram, and TikTok to stay up to date on the latest Diablo IV news, as we will be covering this game even more leading up to and through the opening of the server gates on June 6th! Join our Twitch streams for some always entertaining gameplay and opportunities to win free KontrolFreek and SteelSeries Diablo IV products! Some lucky viewers will win a complete kit with the entire collection of KontrolFreek and SteelSeries products, so you don’t want to miss any KontrolFreek streams this month!

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