Can you successfully play Dota 2 with the Steam Controller? I get asked this a lot and I’m convinced the answer is yes. I think it would take a lot of time to get decent with it, but I certainly think it’s an option for a casual player. I don’t believe you could or should substitute your mouse and keyboard if you want to play competitively though.
I’ve been determined to come up with a playable controller configuration. I have been casually playing Wraith-Night since I got the Steam Machine and I think I’ve found a combination that works quite well. With the expected release of custom game modes in Dota 2 I think the Steam Controller could be a popular choice for these types of matches.
If the video wasn’t enough you can view my bind map below. If you’re in possession of a Steam Controller you can search for “Jimo’s Experimental Dota 2 Binds” by navigating the community bind list. Feel free to use my map as a base to build and publish your own.
On the right pad I’ve chosen to use a dead zone of 30% which allows me to comfortably rest my thumb in the centre of the pad. I’ve also set the outer ring modifier to shift which allows me to queue movements and abilities.
For the left pad I’ve set the input mode to 4-way directional with blending turned on, this allows me to make diagonal movements with the camera. I’ve also set a double click function that centres the camera on my hero. The reason I chose double click is due to how many times I accidently clicked the button while moving my camera around.
I’ve put together a gameplay video of me playing Wraith-Night with the Steam Controller on normal difficulty. The video only goes up to round seven as my memory card couldn’t hold anymore space. In the video you’ll be able to tell that I struggled to react quickly to certain situations and I also made a fair number of newbie mistakes. I believe most of my struggles come down to the fact that I’m still relatively new to the Steam Controller, and making the jump from a mouse and keyboard is difficult at first.
I feel that once some more configuration options for the controller are opened up it will only make things better. The cursor sensitivity is my biggest issue as Dota 2 doesn’t allow you to adjust it within the in-game settings. If I was able to adjust it I think things would go much more smoothly.
I haven’t been brave enough yet to try out the configuration in a regular match, but once I do I’ll be sure to update. If you have any questions or requests please let me know in the comments box below.