Apex Legends

Apex Legends’ Ace explains why controller players have higher skill floor

Published: 22/Jan/2020 20:54 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 21:03

by Alan Bernal


NRG Apex Legends pro player Brandon ‘Ace’ Winn explained the inherent pitfalls that come with using a keyboard and mouse as well as a controller, comparing the skill ceilings and floors that the peripherals provide for players.

FPS and battle royale players have a long-standing debate on the pros and cons of using keyboard and mouse as opposed to a controller; some people consider both as viable options while others outright bash on the one they don’t use.

With the upcoming launch of the Apex Global Series (AGS), controller players like Jack ‘NiceWigg’ Martin and others are making the switch to keyboard and mouse since the league will be played on PC.

Bangalore aiming down a Devotion in Apex Legends
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Both Controllers as well as keyboard and mouse have their pros and cons in BRs like Apex Legends.

But pros still get asked by casual fans on which peripheral would be better for aiming, improving as a player, and the like. There’s ample room for discussion of the topic, but Ace gave a good summary of what opinions generally boil down to.

When asked if it’s easier to aim with keyboard and mouse on his Jan 21 stream, the pro gave a certain context to the limitations and allowances that both offer.

“Keyboard and mouse has a higher skill ceiling but a lower skill floor,” Ace explained. “You’re going to be worse, if you’re really bad but you can be very, very f***king sick.”

It’s true that keyboard and mouse gives players a certain freedom with their aim and micro-movements that can lend itself to finding a style of play that suits them.

That allowance gives good players unlimited potential to approach the game, but keyboard and mouse can be unforgiving for someone who’s struggling to grasp the basic concepts.

“While on a controller, the skill floor is higher because you have aim assist, but the skill ceiling is lower because you’re restricted via your movement,” Ace said.

Pathfinder looking down the sights in Apex Legends
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Even though keyboard and mouse gives players better control of their character, it could be damning for lower-skilled players.

The NRG star touched on aim assist’s effect on the skill floor; it lets players perfect other facets of their game like their positioning and rotations in a fight since the actual shooting is partially covered with the built-in system.

While that could be beneficial in firefights, when it comes to looting and on-the-fly decisions, the limitations of a controller are going to hold players back.

NiceWigg expressed similar sentiments on December 18 when controller players were making the switch to PC shortly after the AGS announcement, saying that while aim assist does “help you in close range gunfights” there are hurdles that PC players don’t have to contend with.

“[Controller players] have to overcome so many disadvantages — we can’t move while looting, we can’t choose our heals while moving, our creativity is hindered by our movement,” he said.

Keyboard and mouse are going to be used with all AGS players soon, but that could bring up more insight from the pros on the difference between controllers and KBM.

Apex Legends

What is code:truck error in Apex Legends & how to fix it? Latest from EA

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:06

by Tanner Pierce


After Apex Legends received its Holo-Day Bash update, many fans are reporting a brand new code:truck error that’s preventing them from entering the game. Here’s what you need to know about the odd server issue that everyone seems to be getting.

Earlier today, the Holo-Day Bash update went live for Apex Legends, which added in a slew of new content, including some skins and a brand new LTM.

Unbeknownst to players, it seems to have added something else to the game that’s causing a lot of people headaches as they try to log-in.

The Apex community is now reporting a new error code:truck when they attempt to log-in, which is causing some major issues and seems to be caused by the Holo-Day Bash update, although this part is a bit unclear. Here’s what you need to know about the error and if there’s anything that can be done to solve it.

What is the code:truck error in Apex Legends

According to the error messages seen by players, either the game itself or the player is “out of sync with the server.” What that actually means is anyone’s guess.

What we do know about code:truck is that it’s preventing people from logging into the game. It’s affecting a large number of people on all platforms, although the exact extent of this is unclear as of the time of this writing.

Hopefully more information will be available soon.

What can be done to fix the code:truck error?

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a surefire fix for the error. As of 7:10 EST on December 1, 2020, Electronic Arts and Respawn haven’t released a fix for the bug. That being said, they did comment on the error, saying they are looking into the problem.

Beyond that, however, we have no update as to what’s causing this error for some players, how extensive is the problem, and, most importantly, what the fix is for it.

Over on Reddit, some players are reporting on a few different fixes but none of the them are confirmed. One player reported that they were able to workaround the issue by changing the date and time on their PS4 and few others confirmed its success.

Hopefully a fix becomes available in the near future to avoid it spreading to other people, which would result in the amount of players logging into Apex Legends to plummet.