Destiny 2’s aim assist seems to be causing a rift between controller and KBM users on PC

By Stephany Nunneley
31 August 2017 21:19 GMT

Aim assist is causing quite a few Destiny 2 players on PC to pull on their hair when participating in PvP.

According to various rumblings online, some participants in the Destiny 2 PC beta found a way to trick the game into assuming a controller is plugged in, which has aim assist built into the controls.

Folks are saying these players are benefiting from aim assist while also reaping the benefits of mouse and keyboard precision. In short, players have found a way to plug in controllers and add aim assist to their KBM setup.

This is especially grievous to those participating in PvP as it provides an unfair advantage, which is why some PC players want aim assist disabled in PvP.

“People will take PvP less seriously knowing there are sanctioned aimbots among the playerbase, and it will irreparably damage not only the engagement of [the] most ardent players but if you have designs on making this an Esport, you can kiss those goodbye,” said Destiny player Alcnaeon on the official forums.

Going through many threads on the subject on reddit, NeoGaf and the Bungie forums, players are only concerned with this issue in regards to PvP, not PvE.

Bungie is, however, aware of the conversation surrounding aim assist on PC and even anticipated the subject being broached.

“It’s a conversation we will continue to monitor,” said Bungie’s community manager Cozmo. “Please continue to share honest feedback about your experiences in the wild. This is why we test. We’ll talk more after the PC Beta.”

Reddit user DontReadIntoItPlease pointed out this sort of issue was also present in the Overwatch and was removed after it was brought to Blizzard’s attention. Turns out, folks were using devices such as the Xim 4 mouse and keyboard adapter during the Overwatch beta.

Destiny streamer Dr Lupo tested things out on PC using the adapter, and told PC Gamer using the device will still never be as precise as a native mouse and doesn’t seem to imbalance PvP game for casual players.

“In reality, with how the aim assist has always felt to me within Destiny specifically, I don’t see XIM or a controller as different from each other,” he told the site. “In my opinion, in Destiny’s sandbox, because of how the aim assist (AA) has functioned, a controller with AA is on-par with a mouse with AA via the XIM. The problem I was stating was regarding AA in general in a shooter where native mouse aim (no AA) and any [assisted] aim type (controller or XIM) going against each other would cause issues.”

He went to states that any auto aim system might cause a bit of trouble within the community, as many feel it provides an unfair advantage. perception of an unfair advantage.

“People will look for anything to blame,” he said. “XIM is a usual suspect, depending on opinion, so people will point fingers without any personal experience of their own.

“Players are [currently] shaming others for using a controller. This means the ‘ego’ issue is already at play. And we’re not even done with the beta.”

If you click through all of the links, you will become familiar with the current discussion.

The Destiny 2 PC beta ended today, which means Bungie has plenty of time to figure out how to make both camps happy before release rolls around on October 24.

PS4 and Xbox One players can start playing Destiny 2 next week on Wednesday, September 6.

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