Call Of Duty: Mobile Brings Back Controller Support--With Some Changes

Touch players and controller players will be kept separate.


Call of Duty: Mobile launched with controller support, but it was hastily pulled from the game. At the time, Activision mobile VP Chris Plummer said it would continue to be tested with a select portion of players, and now the feature has returned. In an update, the company explained how the feature now works.

Right now the game only supports official PS4 DualShock 4 (except first-generation) and Xbox One controllers. It warns that using non-supported controllers could impact functionality, but further updates may add more controller support. Controllers only work during a match, so you need to use the native touch controls to navigate menus. You can modify your settings in the "Controller" section of the settings menu, which had previously been replaced with an "Other" section when the feature was yanked from the game.

You'll be matched up against other players using controllers, and touch users will be matched with other touch users. Plummer had previously indicated that if controller support came back, it would keep players separated this way in the interest of fairness and game balance.

Though the controller support is welcome for many players, GameSpot's CoD Mobile eview found the touch controls surprisingly intuitive and easy to use, without compromising the skill required for competitive play.

"Beyond its messy microtransaction menus and the slight time-saving purchases, there's not much else in Call of Duty Mobile that detracts from its faithful recreation of the exhilarating and fast-paced multiplayer action of the core series," Alessandro Barbosa wrote. "It's flexible and easy-to-use control scheme mitigates the lack of controller support, and its celebration of the best modes and maps the Black Ops and Modern Warfare series have produced makes it a pleasure to line up game after game."

The update also packed another surprise for fans: a limited-time Zombies mode.

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I find the touch screen controls are really good. Good enough that I won't bother grabbing a controller.

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