Final Fantasy XIII for PC, controller and settings tips


Controller tips.

First of all, the way to play Final Fantasy XIII on the PC is by using a controller. If you control the camera with the mouse, it will move and feel weird.

You can just buy a very cheap no-name controller and enjoy this game. I play with a Speedlink controller that costs around 10 euro. And the only thing you need to do to play with a controller is to plug it in the PC, the game will auto-recognize it. However, be sure that you install the drivers for your controller and that Windows is recognizing it.

You can also check this tutorial.

The buttons for the controller are as it follows: (the buttons from the right side of the controller) up key for action and the right button for cancel/go back. Check the game settings to see what every button from your controller is doing.

You can just play the game without using the keyboard at all. Be careful, don’t use the escape button from your keyboard. If you do that, the game will shut down.


Camera: Inverted Y-axis (best setting when playing with a controller).
Battle Speed: normal.
Target Selection: Via cursor (to make it feel like the old FF games).
On-Screen Button Explanations: Controller Type.

In order to quit the game, press “Start” and then “Select” from your gamepad. Or as I was saying, hit the escape button from the keyboard.
You can do the same thing to skip the cutscenes, “Start” and then “Select”.


  1. UnlockMyMacro
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

    My game doesn’t recognise my controller (wired Xbox 360). I’ve checked the drivers for the controller and they’re up to date, what else can I do?

  2. Chris (admin)
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Check this tutorial for joy2key. A software that helps you to use a controller in any video game:

  3. Rain
    Posted October 12, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Problem here!!!
    I cannot play the game because my camera is permanently rotating (worked fine till after the tutorial fight) and I can’t fix it with the right thumbstick because of its ridiculous over-sensitivity that leaves no room. It’ll just (permanently) rotate to another direction when I slightly try to fiddle with the stick.

  4. Chris (admin)
    Posted October 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I think the issue if from the controller, not the game.

    However, you should be able to play the game only by using the left thumbstick (to move your character). You don’t really need to move the camera.

  5. Rain
    Posted October 13, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I can’t because camera auto rotate when I attaching controller :'(
    On another game it’s still work fine! >.<

  6. Vincent
    Posted October 14, 2014 at 1:28 am

    @Rain Me too! It’s auto rotate ! My controller is dualshock 1 (from PS2)

  7. Vincent
    Posted October 14, 2014 at 1:34 am

    @Rain: Then I try to use Xpadder but not work, it’s can’t be override

  8. Rain
    Posted October 14, 2014 at 11:15 am

    @Vicent and @All
    Finally I found the way to fix that stupid problem.
    Just following this step:

    First download Pinnacle Gameprofiler from

    Next create new profile and do like that picture:

    Then click Game Profiles -> Edit Configurations and config like that:

  9. Rain
    Posted October 14, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Oops @Chris help me fix img pls!

  10. Vincent
    Posted October 15, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    @Rain: Oh, thank you ! It’s work !!!
    Now I can play with my PS2 controller. You are my hero, man :))

  11. YAP
    Posted October 15, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I’ve the same problem with the Xbox 360 Controller. The right thumbstick is over-sensitive. Trying to even out the roating is like trying to balance a needle on its pointy end.
    Only in FF XIII I’ve a prob with the stick. Other games like Borderland or Big Red Sky in that I use the right thumbstick too are working as expected.

    What do you change about the controller configuration, Rain? Does it reduce the sensitivity or do you delete the rotating or what happens?

  12. Rain
    Posted October 16, 2014 at 11:20 am


    It CHANGE default setting of FFXIII (block game from reading the controller with native support) and used to HOOK game with mapped to mouse, keyboard and reduce sensitivity :)

    As same as you using JoyToKey with super function :v

  13. puscus
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    So, you can skip cutscenes with a controller!
    But can you do that with keyboard and mouse? And how?
    I’m tired to view the same cutscene over and over again, when I keep dying against bosses or eidolons!

  14. Chris (admin)
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    It could be Enter and Space since on the controller it is Start and Select.
    However, you should see the buttons in the game’s settings.

  15. Rain
    Posted October 18, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Try press ‘0’ and then press ‘1’
    Or ‘Enter’ maybe :)