Baldur’s Gate 3 controller support explained

If you want to give your wrists a break during your hours of adventuring, here's what you need to know about BG3 controller support.

Baldur's Gate 3 controller support: Baldur's Gate 3 Mindflayer holding a red Xbox controller.

Does Baldur’s Gate 3 have controller support? The Larian DnD game is the perfect game for getting comfy with a controller while your character does all the hard work adventuring and battling foes. We’ve tested the settings, and found out how to get connected to your favorite controller.

As we mention in our Baldur’s Gate 3 review, the DnD game is many, many hours long, so there’s no doubt you’ll get to a point where you want to trade in your mouse and keyboard for a controller… if you don’t right away. Given what we also know about BG3 Steam Deck compatibility, you might not be surprised by this BG3 controller support information.

Does Baldur’s Gate 3 have controller support?

Yes. Larian has confirmed that controller support is available in Baldur’s Gate 3 from day one, despite the setting not being available during nearly three years of early access.

Larian shared this information in an extended FAQ on the Larian forum. This is great news for people with comfy couch setups as keyboard and mouse controls aren’t necessary for the RPG game playstyle of Baldur’s Gate 3.

The Baldur's Gate 3 controller settings screen.

How to play Baldur’s Gate 3 with a controller

To connect a controller to Baldur’s Gate 3, simply:

  • Open the setting menu and go to the ‘Interface’ tab.
  • Click the ‘Input Type’ drop-down menu.
  • Select either ‘Automatic’ or ‘Controller only’ depending on your preference.
  • Connect your controller and wait for the game to detect it.

If you want to play split-screen multiplayer in BG3, then you can do so by connecting up more than one controller. This will disable your keyboard and mouse from playing the game, so do bear that in mind.

With so many tough choices in DnD game already, from building your character to choosing which of your BG3 companions to romance, hopefully opting whether to use Baldur’s Gate 3 controller support will be an easy decision. If not, you could always roll a dice.