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NRG streamer KingRichard under fire for using keyboard on console for Apex Legends

Published: 16/Jul/2019 22:13 Updated: 17/Jul/2019 1:02

by Calum Patterson


NRG member and popular Twitch streamer Richard ‘KingRichard’ Nelson has come under a flurry of criticism, after he swapped out his PC for console on Apex Legends – but used a XIM device to continue using keyboard and mouse inputs.

Apex Legends does not natively support the use of keyboard and mouse on console, owing to the fact that it cannot be played cross-platform (yet), and thus using it vs controller-wielding players presents a significant advantage.

On July 15, KingRichard, who has been vocal about the number of hackers on the PC version of Apex Legends, decided to swap his PC for console, but used an adapter device called an ‘XIM’ (often pronounced ‘zim’) which allows him to use a keyboard and mouse.

The XIM4 device is used to adapt keyboard and mouse inputs to a controller.

Using such a device tells the console, in this case the Xbox One, that the player is still using a controller, and emulates the inputs from the mouse and button presses on the keyboard.

It is generally frowned upon to use such a device, as it gives the player with the extra precision of a mouse, and versatility of a keyboard, a massive advantage over their controller counterparts.

KingRichard made no attempts to hide his use of the XIM, explaining to viewers that he would test it out in some regular public matches to ensure it was set up properly.

Understandably, this concerned many console players, who feel it is akin to cheating to use a XIM device to enable the use of mouse and keyboard inputs.

A post on the Apex Legends sub reddit on July 16, calling out KingRichard (although not by name) and asking developers Respawn ‘not to support’ it, attracted almost 20,000 upvotes, before moderators locked it down.

Respawn please don’t support this! from r/apexlegends

The original poster of the thread deliberately omitted KingRichard’s name to avoid breaching Reddit’s witchhunting rule, but as other users began naming him, the moderators were forced to close the thread.

Players were still adamant that Respawn Entertainment should stand against the use of XIM devices in Apex Legends, some suggesting it breaches the games EULA agreement by tampering.

Some Xbox games do in fact support keyboard and mouse input natively, such as Fortnite and Sea of Thieves, however these titles also support cross-play – meaning PC and console players can be mixed together regardless.

Using a XIM however essentially tricks the console into thinking a controller is being used, giving the user an obvious advantage, thanks mainly to the increased precision of a mouse vs a controller stick.

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Two essential Apex Legends tips every Crypto main should master

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:19

by Alex Garton


Crypto might not be one of the meta legends in Apex Legends for Season 7, but there’s two handy tricks that will certainly help those who decide to main him get the best out of the Surveillance Expert.

Any player can learn how to play one of fifteen Legends available to choose in Apex. However, to truly master a Legend you need to know the character inside-out.

There’s no better way of developing your knowledge of a Legend than taking advice from players who have committed hundreds of hours to learn their strengths and weaknesses.

For Crypto mains, a video posted to Reddit has revealed a few details that will definitely help take the character to the next level.

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The surveillance expert is unmatched in his ability to scout the enemy.

Two tricks every Crypto main should know

In a video posted to the Apex University subreddit, user EhWhateverOk uncovers two essential tips for mastering the Legend. Although the tricks seem simple, it’s surprising how few Crypto players use them to their advantage.

Earlier in the season, members of the community were using his drone to make a flying Rampart minigun, before it was patched. Now, players can hold down the tactical button to place down the drone without entering drone view – which puts you at a real advantage.

This allows you to place down your drone in heated gunfights without putting yourself at risk to enemies.

Here’s my two biggest tips on how to be a good Crypto. Lots of people say they’ve never seen a good Crypto but I think that’s because nobody knows how to use him! from apexlegends

A common mistake made by Crypto players is getting separated from their team due to using his drone view at the wrong time. This tip allows players to place down Crypto’s drone without the risk of isolating themselves from their team, or leaving him vulnerable.

Therefore, you can also be close to the enemy team when using the ultimate. Simply fly the drone high enough so the spherical hit radius only hits the enemy team and not you.

This is a tip that is so obvious, but not all will know it’s possible to use their ultimate when in close quarters with enemies. Often, Crypto mains will use their ultimate and hit themselves with the radius. As seen in the video, to reduce the hitbox, players will need to fly the drone high enough so only the bottom of the spherical hit radius is used.

Although EhWhateverOk’s video only contains two tips, they’re both incredibly useful to know.