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ESDFy Your Gaming
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Posted 2011-01-11 at 15:34 by Deadfast

DonDOOM brought up the subject of me using a bit weird control configuration in this image.

What you can see there is the ESDF keys configuration. It's not as fancy as it may sound, it's pretty much just WASD except one key to the right. And yet it can make so much difference, especially with a controls heavy game such as Arma 2. I have been using it for over 3 years and not once did want to go back.

The main advantage is that by moving by one key on each row to the right you gain one easily accessible key in each row to your left. Without having to move away from your movement keys you have easy access to 16 keys (not counting the numerical row and Left Windows). That is 3 more than with WASD. It might not seem that much but trust me, 3 keys can make all the difference.




Unfortunately as everything in the world even the ESDF layout has its downside - virtually every single game nowadays comes with WASD layout as the default. That means you have to reconfigure the entire controls scheme. With the aforementioned Arma that is a major pain - some experts claim the game has an infinite number of keys you'd have to re-assign. That is why I recommend starting with something easier - PR:BF2 or BF2 in general is a good start. It worked for me .


On Rhino's request you can download my PR:BF2 ESDF Controls.con file here.
Shut down the game, overwrite the existing file in My Documents\Battlefield 2\Profiles\001*\Controls.con and start it again.

* Number is based on the position in the account login list: 1st = 001, 2nd = 002, etc.


ESDF pros:
  • 3 extra usable keys
  • Using Ctrl won't break your little finger
  • Homerow marker on the F key allows for quick hand positioning
  • You'll be special, Epoch totally digs that!

ESDF cons:
  • Will take a while to get used to
  • Games need to be reconfigured
  • Tilda (~) might not as easily reachable as with WASD on some keyboards


That about concludes it this not-really-PR-related blog post. Before any suggestions for crucifixion are spoken let me just say I will be happy to write about something much more related to Arma 2 modding if requested. Suggestions regarding posts about scripting, dialogs and some basic configs will be welcome. Everything else is out of my area of expertise so I'd rather avoid those than start spouting some nonsense .
Updated 2011-01-11 at 16:40 by Deadfast
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  1. Old Comment
    supahpingi's Avatar
    lifes will never be the same :O
    Posted 2011-01-11 at 15:52 by supahpingi supahpingi is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Rhino's Avatar
    you could upload a controls.con for PR:BF2 with your setup

    I may give it a go, but my Saitek Cyborg K/B has different material on the WASD keys which when mixing normal and WASD keys feels a little odd on the fingers
    Posted 2011-01-11 at 16:03 by Rhino Rhino is offline
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    General Dragosh's Avatar
    So tru so tru dat
    Posted 2011-01-11 at 16:10 by General Dragosh General Dragosh is offline
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    cyberzomby's Avatar
    Cool! I might be trying this out tonight
    Posted 2011-01-11 at 16:13 by cyberzomby cyberzomby is offline
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    Deadfast's Avatar
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by [R-DEV]Rhino View Comment
    you could upload a controls.con for PR:BF2 with your setup

    I may give it a go, but my Saitek Cyborg K/B has different material on the WASD keys which when mixing normal and WASD keys feels a little odd on the fingers
    That is a good idea, I'll edit it in.

    EDIT: And done.
    Posted 2011-01-11 at 16:23 by Deadfast Deadfast is offline
    Updated 2011-01-11 at 16:40 by Deadfast
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    L4gi's Avatar
    Ive never had any problems with WASD. Enough buttons for everything! Might work better in ARMA2 tho.
    Posted 2011-01-11 at 16:58 by L4gi L4gi is offline
  7. Old Comment
    But now I can't double you!
    Posted 2011-01-11 at 17:59 by Cheeseze Cheeseze is offline
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    AfterDune's Avatar
    Been doing that way over 15 years . You have more buttons on the left that you can assign, it's as simple as that.

    The only game I don't use it with is ArmA, as every button has a meaning.

    ESDF is the way to go, that's for sure .
    Posted 2011-01-11 at 18:07 by AfterDune AfterDune is offline
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    NyteMyre's Avatar
    Quote:
    ESDF pros:
    * Using Ctrl won't break your little finger
    It does more then WASD for me :s
    Posted 2011-01-11 at 18:46 by NyteMyre NyteMyre is offline
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    MCI's Avatar
    What are the weapon cycle (f) and enter vehicle (e) keys set to?
    Posted 2011-01-11 at 18:51 by MCI MCI is offline
 


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