Since the battle royale portion of Fortnite was released by Epic Games, players assumed that keyboard and mouse users had the upper hand over controller players because they were able to build at a more efficient pace with their binds and mouse flicks.
However, in recent weeks, players have reported a shift to controllers, with professionals like Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, and Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff all weighing in on how powerful controller aim assist can be. So, while trying out the new season of Fortnite, xQc chose to use a controller, as well as his trusty mouse and keyboard, to see if there was really a difference.
While he found success with using the keyboard and mouse, it was using the controller that xQc realized he could seemingly just spam the aim assist all the way to a win.
As he danced around the new Agency location, he switched back and forth between the two peripherals, picking up kills with both. Yet, when he used the controller, he seemingly couldn’t miss a shot – even though his enemy tried to build a ramp to create space between them.
“This is broken,” he said after getting the kill and switching back to the keyboard and mouse setup. “That’s f**king broken. What a disgusting thing dude. Why is that even in the game?”
“What? I just pick up the controller, hold the button down and that’s it, they all die and it’s over,” he finished, “literally nothing they can do about it.”
While xQc might be ‘disgusted’ by how powerful using a controller can be, it’s unlikely that the complaints from himself, and other players, will spark a major change.
The aim assist given to controller players is often regarded as something that can level the playing field but the keyboard and mouse users still, pretty much, dominate the professional scene.