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KartRider: Drift controller support guide: How to play with a controller

KartRider: Drift has never been more fun!

KartRider: Drift is a fun cross-platform free-to-play kart arcade-style kart racing game that comes from the developer house of Nexon. This brand-new title offers a platform for customizing characters and karts to meet arcade thrills and competition fuelled by quick drifts. To have an edge over his/her opponents, users must be accurate with their Drifts so as to ensure easy turning on very tight corners. However, mastering and performing the Drift mechanism with in-game touch controls is a bit difficult task. A controller could come in very handy under these circumstances with the accuracy, smoothness, and adaptability, that it offers. This article discusses about how to connect your controller to your mobile device and play KartRider: Drift, the controllers that are compatible with the said task, and share fixes to some Frequently Occurring Issues pertaining to controller support.

Controller Support for KartRider: Drift

Well, the good news is unlike KartRider: Rush, KartRider: Drift does come with controller support for both Android/iOS devices. The even better part about this is, both controller input and touch-screen controls can be used simultaneously. This offers you the opportunity to test out both at the same time and determine which one is more comfortable for you.

List of Controllers compatible with KartRider: Drift

KartRider: Drift is compatible with all the controllers. You can use controller support without installing any additional third-party software applications. However, players must ensure that the controller that they are using is compatible with their respective devices. Otherwise, it won’t work. Below are some common controllers that are definitely going to serve your purpose:

  • PlayStation DualShock 4 Wireless Controller (PS4).
  • PlayStation DualSense Controller (PS5).
  • Xbox One Controller.
  • Xbox X/S Series Controllers.

If you want to buy a new controller, in addition to sticking to the above list, you should also research which of the ones stated above is best for your device online. For assistance, you can even get in touch with your device manufacturer to know which controllers would be compatible with their device model.

How to connect your Controller and play KartRider: Drift

  • Downloading any software from a third party can be prone to risks, therefore avoid doing so. Turn on Bluetooth from the Settings menu on your phone.
  • After doing so, a list of Paired Devices and Available Devices for Pairing will appear. At this stage, be sure to turn on your controller.
  • To do so, you must hold both the Share button and the Power button of your controller at the same time to accomplish this. The location of this button varies from controller to controller and is typically found at the top or bottom.
Kartrider-draft-gameplay-drift
Image via Nexon
  • For those using Playstation controllers, the Power button is also known as the Playstation button and would have the Playstation crest engraved on it. The controller is now turned on when you press and hold both buttons for 5 seconds, indicated by the LED that would start flashing.
  • In the list of Paired Devices, your controller will appear if you’ve already connected it to your device before. It will instantly establish a connection if you tap on it.
  • If you are connecting your controller to your phone for the first time, it will appear in the list of Available Devices. To connect them, you only need to tap on them and pair them. If you want to couple your device, a message will appear requesting you to do so. Tap Yes/Confirm. At this point, your controller would automatically turn on.

Launch the game after the connection has been made, and you should be able to use the controller to access all the in-game options and settings. That is, right from the menu screen itself, you can navigate to every in-gaming section by using the joystick controls of your controller.

Basic in-game controller controls

The three elements that you need to be accurate in KartRider: Drift are undoubtedly Drift, Acceleration, and Reverse. Furthur-up in this controller support guide, we will discuss some of the basic in-game controls that you will be needing while playing with a controller. You can view all the other less frequently used controls by navigating to the Controls tab under the in-game Settings menu.

  • Accelerate: R2
  • Reverse: L2
  • Turn Left and Right: D-Pads
  • Use Booster Item: R1
  • Drift: X
  • Return to Track: Triangle
KartRider Drift playing with a controller
Image via Nexon

Players must note that these are just in-general custom controls and can be re-configured according to their ease. Players will gradually learn all the controls of a controller once they start playing with one.

Common FAQs on KartRider: Drift controller support

Q: What to do if the game is crashing while the controller is in use?

Even though all controllers are compatible with KartRider: Drift, some of them are causing crashing problems.

  • If you are experiencing such issues repeatedly, try disconnecting your controller to see if that resolves the issue.
  • If unresolved, try switching over from custom controls to Control Type A, B, or C.
  • If it still doesn’t fix things, raise a support ticket.

Q: Can I re-bind my controller?

Yes. One can always change the controller’s binding by going to the phone’s settings.

Q: How do I bind my controls so as to perform the new Swift cut easily?

Performing the Swift cut in KartRider: Drift requires users to press two directional keys(left and right) on their controller at the same time. While this can be difficult to execute in-game especially if you are using a PS4 controller, it does make sure that you do not require much room to drift. We suggest you bind the left key to the down key on the Directional Pad(D-Pad). This would ensure that you can press both simultaneously.

Give these settings a try and if you are finding trouble connecting to a controller or with the newly added settings, you can always fall back to this KartRider: Drift Controller Support Guide for immediate assistance.

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