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Oblivion: The Elder Scrolls IV - Play with a Gamepad or Joystick

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This profile is compatible with any standard PC Gamepad, Xbox 360 Controller, Playstation (PS4, PS3, PSX), or any similar devices
This is a Entirely new Oblivion profile that I have created to more closely match the XBOX 360 Version of the game. I even went so far as to set the look speed to perfectly match the Xbox game's look speed.

This profile has many new additions that where not included in my original profile so there is really no reason to not use this new version over my previous versions.

You should use Pinnacle Game Profiler version 6.0.1 or higher to insure compatibility.

As of Pinnacle version 6.0.1 the direct input hooks still don't work with this game so it is necessary to disable the game's joystick support. To do this Open the Oblivion.ini file located in the My Documents\My Games\Oblivion folder with Notepad and find the line "bUse Joystick=1". Change that line to read "bUse Joystick=0". Save the file and exit.

As always, be sure to keep the in game controls set to there defaults.

You may find that the run / walk aspect of the games movement is reversed. To fix this, simply press the Caps lock key.

The right analog stick can control the journal map if you press and hold the analog stick button while moving the stick in the desired direction

You can place a map marker on the journal map using the left shoulder button. Put the mouse pointer over the area on the map you want to place the marker and press the left shoulder button. (don't Hold)

The left shoulder button can also be used to drop and hold a inventory item by highlighting the item with the mouse pointer and holding the left shoulder button for a moment.

you can press the right analog stick button to change between 1st and 3rd person view and you can change the zoom level by holding the button down and moving the analog stick forward or backward.

The journal button has a slight delay. This is by design in order to help discourage potential synchronization issues when interacting with containers.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something

Have Fun and remember to leave feedback both good and bad.

Here is a link to a video overview for this profile :


Updated 8/14/11
I have very slightly updated this profile to address a issue where the profile configurations could get out of sinc if the left shoulder button where held in the journal while not executing drop and grab. now if you hold the left shoulder button down in the journal and you are not dropping and grabbing, the journal will close and the configuration will be reset to the default one.
Here is an Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion profile I made.

This profile replicates the Xbox 360 version.

First and foremost, you MUST follow the 2 instructions below for this profile to work properly.

In order for this profile to work, you must disable the default Joystick support. To do this, go to Documents -> My Games -> Oblivion -> and open Oblivion.ini in Notepad. Once Oblivion.ini is open, press CTRL+F and search for "bUse Joystick=1". You must change it to "bUse Joystick=0". Now save and exit, and the Default Joystick support will be disabled.

2. You MUST, change the Run control In-Game to P. (Pause Menu -> Options -> Controls -> Controls -> Run - Change it to 'P').

Also, one issue is that both the Spacebar and Enter keys are mapped to the 'A' button, and when you activate a corpse/container with A, and try and take an item out with A, it closes the container/corpse instead of taking the item. The only workaround I have figured out at the moment is to use a double command:

-Press A to
Navigate through ALL Menus, Equip Items from your Inventory, Take Items From Containers/Corpses, Buy Items from Shopkeepers and so on. (Press A = Enter)

-Hold A to Pick up Items from the Ground/World, Activate Doors, Activate Corpses/Containers, and Talk to People (Hold A = Spacebar)

You can navigate through all menus, and Journal with the Left Joystick, and Left and Right Bumper. Read the Controller Guide thoroughly for all controls.


-June 27, 2011

Added Map Marker function to 'Hold B'

-June 29, 2011

Added Up/Down Menu Scroll

-October 10, 2011

Changed Walk/Run Sensitivity

Controller Guide:

Updated - 10/10/2011
Feel free to post any Questions.
Feedback is always appreciated.
This is the profile I made from scratch. Its a little like cid67's profile in most of basic controls, but mine features a few different things, most notably, improved menu navigation; ability to switch between menu categories by pressing the bumpers; ability to drop items by pressing the X button inside the journal.

With my profile, you also have to go to C:\Users\Girard\Documents\My Games\Oblivion.ini (Thats for Vista, folks) and disable controllers. Use the CTRL + F command and type in bUse Joystick. you should find something like "bUse Joystick=1". Then change that 1 to a 0. BE SURE TO BACK UP THE DEFAULT JUST IN CASE. Also, make sure all controls in the game are set to Default.

Also, in an effort to avoid potential errors with the configuration of the Journal, I put a 0.1 second delay before the journal will actually come up. This way you won't swap configurations accidentally while bringing up the journal to grab potions or something while in combat, because it forces you to hold down the journal button. Please don't complain about having to hold down the B button for 0.1 seconds. Also note that you should hold the B button down while exiting the journal as well.


Movement - I made it so you can use the analog stick in merchant menus without having to swap configs, but whenever you pressed a diagonal direction it would move over to the left or something, so I made it an eight way config so it wouldn't do that. However, movement is choppy. Working on making it work.

Scrolling - When scrolling in menus or books and stuff, you can't hold down in the direction you want to go and have it keep scrolling for some reason. Working on it.
i took some time to try this program out and this my first attempt any feedback would be nice Thanks

Installation Notes.
To Make this Profile work correctly you have to modify the Oblivion.ini file in order to disable in game joystick support. heres how. (the file is located in My Documents\My Games\Oblivion folder) Open the Oblivion.ini file in Notepad, and find the line "bUse Joystick=1". Change that line to read "bUse Joystick=0". Save the file and exit.

Make sure to use the default controls within Oblivion.
This is a modified version of the offical profile for oblivion. I made it for the new PGP v5.
It is made to work with the Logitech Precision Wireless PS3 controller but should work perfectly with the ps3 controller as well. It is modeled after the offical controls for the xbox 360 version of the game. I have made one big change to the profile. You can now easily drop items in your invetory by selecting the item as in the console version of the game and doubletapping the square button.
This is a PIN i've made for Oblivion for a PSX/2 Controller on USB Adpater(got mine at radioshack), i got alot of influence from Migeeta's Oblivion PIN. i've completely redone the Commands and even included 2 of my fav IGD's for a PSX/2 controller, It covers everything in the game, no need to use a mouse or keyboard. This also allows you to walk at up to 89% and run at 90-100%, also has a dead zone of 25% which i found to feel really sturdy with this setup.

((((((Control Low-Down))))))

The dpad works just like it does on 360 (using/setting hotkeys) and if you use the shift button (Holding Circle) the dpad switches between, stats,inv,magic,maps using the up,right,down,left. [very handy shortcuts]

The Start button is Wait(t), and becomes Options(esc) when shifted by the Circle button.(exit Options using shift+START again if you dont want to hit return in the menu, to me its just faster this way)

Select is Journal, no matter if shifted or not, and shortcuts to journal/etc is said above by holding circle and using the dpad.

Square button is your "Ready Weapon/Shift" button, when not in the menu it simply changes between weapon/torch*or*sheath, but while in menu you can use it as a shift key(holding it while hitting attack/select key) to allow you to drop items from your inventory.

Triangle is Jump. When shifted it becomes Zoom In while in 3rd person view.*check below for more on zooming*

X button is Activate, which is just like morrowind, takes/opens etc.
When Shifted it becomes Zoom Out while in 3rd person.*see below*

Circle button is the SHIFT BUTTON, it allows for each button to have 2 uses, shifted and unshifted. While up every button uses its "unshifted" commands, but while down, they use the "shifted commands. To find out which commands or shifted/unshifted (i've tried to explain them well in this post) you goto the edit configuration and in the bottom right there is a button "Shifted Commands" click it to see what changes when you use the SHIFT BUTTON, and then click it again (will then be Unshifited Commands) to return to the unshifted commands.

L1= Grab(hold to carry) and R1=Cast, but when in journal cycles thru sub catagories of stats,inv,magic,maps, but if you shift them (holding circle) they will cycle thru the catagories themselves.[also it will cycle from inv/container when taking/putting things from boxes/enemies etc]

L2=Block and R2=Attack/Select(in menus), but when shifted they become L2=Always Run(capslock) and R2=Auto-Move(q).
So the player would shift(holding circle)+R2 to start Auto-Move, then use shift+L2 to change AlwaysRun On/Off to run/walk in Auto-Move, to turn off Auto-Move just do shift+R2 (it will resume in walk/run mode depending if AlwaysRun is On/Off)
You have to keep AlwaysRun OFF when not in auto-move, otherwise the run/walk command on the joystick thresholds will act up, so if you notice your not running when stick is @ 100% and running by barely moving the stick, turn AlwaysRun back OFF (shift+L2) and you should be back to walking/running depending on how much of the stick your using.

L3=Sneak and R3=ChangeView(tap to toggle 1st > 3rd person, hold it down for vanity mode, allowing you to use the right stick to free move the camera around you, most know this from morrowind, its very sensitive, but easily controlled.{best i could do :roll: })
when shifted they become L3=Quick SAVE and R3=Quick LOAD.

Left Analog:
Player Movement(wasd), and also works Menu Up/Down respectively.

Right Analog:
Look/Camera Movement(mouse) and also moves the cursor in menus.

***************READ THIS PLEASE********************
Ok now about the Zooming, you can NOT zoom while in Vanity mode, reason being is it will quick load you(cuz when shifted R3 is quick load), which could be disasterous if you havent saved recently >
Hey guys, heres the perfect XBOX 360 controller setup

First thing youll need to do is to turn off (YES turn off joystick support in the oblivion.ini file under My Documents\My Games\Oblivion\Oblivion.ini

Look for:

bUse Joystick=1

and change it to

bUse Joystick=0

And then just make sure your oblivion controls are set to default in the options

Have fun and post up any thoughts or changes that could be made to work better
Hey guys here is the Thrustmaster Firestorm Gamepad setup for Oblivion which can be used as a base for nearly all pads to work with oblivion.

First thing youll need to do is to turn off (YES turn off joystick support in the oblivion.ini file under My Documents/My Games/Oblivion/Oblivion.ini

Look for:

bUse Joystick=1

and change it to

bUse Joystick=0

And then just make sure your oblivion controls are set to default

This is a Pinnacle Game Profile for The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion from OblivionModda

This Profile works with all 12 button controllers. To enable any Pinnacle Game Profile to work with Oblivion you have to tell the game not to use the do this you need to edit the Oblivion.ini located my documents/my games/oblivion/Oblivion.ini NOTE: Always make a backup of your .ini before making and saving any changes. Once you have opened the Oblivion.ini with Notepad press Ctrl + F and type in bUse Joystick=1 and change the 1 to 0 then save and close. Now launch the game with this profile and all should be well.

I'm assuming that you know how to install Game Profiles but if you need help then just leave a comment.
hey all, first post here, I got cids profile yesterday and was playing with it for a while when a few thing started bugging me. so i fooled around in pinnacle for a bit and came up with this.

what's changed:
added a drop function to the x button
made it so that the left and right bumpers change between the stats\item\magic\map and the left control stick left and right changes the sorting tabs inside these

this almost completely eliminates the need to use the joy to mouse and R trigger to navigate the journal, the only time it should be necessary is when quick traveling and selecting haggle in shops
also the LB and RB are used to select between buy sell in shops

one side note, use the x button when taking inventory from a container
since i didnt change anything with the action\select command used on A when looting with it, it will close the container after each item is selected, but an added effect of the drop command i added allows you to loot without closing anything :) just another way to eliminate the mouse.

its not much but it makes the games controls feel much more like the 360 version
all of the instillation instructions should be followed just like cids

I've been playing with this setup since and haven't encountered any problems.

all credit goes to cid for his great profile i just changed a few things around
enjoy :D
Installation Notes.
To Make this Profile work correctly you have to modify the Oblivion.ini file in order to disable in game joystick support. heres how. (the file is located in My Documents\My Games\Oblivion folder) Open the Oblivion.ini file in Notepad, and find the line "bUse Joystick=1". Change that line to read "bUse Joystick=0". Save the file and exit.

Make sure to use the default controls within Oblivion.


I have released a new profile for Oblivion to replace my previous Oblivion profile.

I was Never satisfied with the way my previous profile handled this game's journal and menus, in addition to some other things and I wanted to fix.
There are lots of little improvements here and there to enhance the profile's playability. I'll try and describe the most important ones.

1. The Games Menu and Journal now are completely navigable with the left analog stick except where the game requires you to use the mouse cursor to select something. The left and right shoulder buttons will toggle the inventory / Journal pages

2. The mouse cursor works with the right analog stick. you will want to use this mouse cursor when dropping Items from your inventory / journal.
Simply move the mouse cursor over the item you wish to drop and press the right trigger. if you want to grab the item and place it in the environment you can hold the right trigger and while doing so, place the item with the right analog stick.

3. If you press down on the right analog stick and move the stick forward or backward, you can adjust the zoom level for the 3rd person view.

4. The joystick sensitivity,dead zones etc have all been updated and many other aspects of the controls have been fine tuned for maximum playability.

I'm sure I'm missing something but your just going to have to play this profile and get a feel for it yourself.

Keep in mind that this profile contains many custom commands that are hidden from the command list in order to keep things from getting to complicated. Because of this, if you decide to change the controls, there is a good chance you will not be able to restore the profile to its defaults
without reimporting it.

UPDATE: I have released a improved Oblivion profile here.
No, this is NOT just another controller mapping. In addition to the attached, you need the XBox Controller Support mod from the Oblivion Nexus. See that mod's page for details on why this works better and installation instructions.

EDIT: There is a slight bug with v1.5....if you try to open your inventory while blocking you will ALT-TAB to your desktop. I'll fix this tonight when I get done working (November 8 ).
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