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[Bedrock] Improve mobile touchscreen controls

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    popmanbrad commented
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    yeah i literally cant play minecraft on mobile because of the controls i end up dying or walking into things or not walking at all or not being able to hit what im looking at the amount of times ive died to creepers on mobile is insane on console and pc i have no died once to creepers skeletons or zombies

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    piperviper commented
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    I think some simple improvements could go a long way. The ability to relocate on-screen buttons. A visual indicator for long press (mining) on the cross-hair with split controls. Perhaps, a double tap and hold option instead of long press for mining. Maybe, and option for a. Virtual thumb stick instead of directional buttons. All of these seem like minor changes that would go a long way toward making mobile more playable than it currently is.

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    Thanh Giang commented
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    Yeah the controls are so bad that I accidentally punch my pet for than 100 times now

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    Valiant7000 commented
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    Two things:
    - Double-tap and hold for mining

    - Optional single press to sneak

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    Crux Shade commented
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    Please consider 'joystick' like controls instead of D-Pad. It make sense as touchscreen gestures mostly based on swipes. You can refer all other open world games like PUBG etc

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    Tony Morris commented
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    Play Ark mobile and see what Minecraft controls should be. That is easily the most intuitive control system for a first person survival crafting game on mobile devices.

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    It would be so good if there were controls like fortnite where there's an attack but joystick jump button and all of it would be customizable 

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    Yes we really need a new way to control our characters. For example :boat controls, they suck honestly. Pls Mojang give us better controls

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    Oakleaf30 commented
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    People who play on servers and vs Windows 10, it’s super annoying cause they just combo you into oblivion while you’re still trying to look at them properly.

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    DexTroZ08 commented
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    Ur words are so true.
    The controls are worst than any game and Minecraft should look after this because bedrock is not something made for mobiles but it's a cross platform game so guys with console and pc already have an advantage over mobile players but with current set of controls....... Seriously it's a bullshit.
    Areana games on server are not even worth playing and the only competitive game is hide and seek.
    Freaking crazy.
    Developer must look after controls because it's truly worst and it's actually a backfoot for mobile players.
    Things go so worse that now it's been months that have had not played on servers.
    Please devs look after this. Else it's just waste of money.
    Ohh btw... Also in single player.. With this controls... I never want to tackle ender dragon.
    It's not even good for single player worlds.

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    It would not be bad if they changed the way of moving with a joystick.the button to interact on the active bar seems a bit awkward to me and I would like to move it but I can't.This game needs new adjustments in controls, that in some way can be customized, moved, and find more options. These could be a button dedicated to hitting, controls to move better in inventories and chests...

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    Gestetys2 commented
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    And this post forgot about auto crafting, it's unacceptable to have to spam the create to craft a stack of items or more, rockets can't be used easily and placing many blocks is difficult as well

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    Game needs a serious control upgrade adding few things will be better

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    Andracca8481 commented
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    We shouldn't be expected to have a controller on us at all times in order to play Minecraft. That is *ridiculous*. To reiterate what others have already suggested:
    -Joystick option for the left side
    -Dedicated buttons for use/place
    That alone would actually make Minecraft with touch controls bearable. I *hate* trying to turn around and either destroying a bunch of stuff or accidentally placing blocks. Please. This would take like maybe a day for a programmer to implement(I actually don't know much about coding tbh, but your spaghetti cannot be that bad).

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    Pari1724 commented
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    Please to start with, Provide the floating joystick keyboard on left and also customize HUD in terms of placing interact button for example.

     

    There has to be some optimization for Touch controls as it was originally targeted for Touch screens only. You can expect all to have controllers and keyboards

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    Zorasama commented
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    At the least give us optional virtual joystick instead of direction button pretty please

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    I’ve played so many mobile games in first person, and these controls are the worst by far. I suggest that there should be an option in settings called “advanced controls” in case some people actually like the controls as of right now. Once you turn that on there should be a button layout that you can preview where you change the position of buttons. Also, mobile players get incredible reach hacks when building. Take that away and give us a cross hair. The movement stick is fine but you should be able to move where that is to. Here are a few buttons to get you started: left-click, right-click, crouch, jump, sprint. Just by doing what I said you have attracted a whole new community of mobile gamers to your game.

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    AlyxLight commented
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    Touch controls are terrible, I wanted to play when I don't have access to my PC with bedrock/java versions, but currently I can't imagine it. Slowly farming resources is somehow possible, but combat is awful, I suffer every time I'm trying to kill a zombie, and skeletons just end my whole career.

    There are lots of 1st person mobile games with far better controls (a virtual joystick, auto-combat, better backpack and crafting and other ideas, that have already been mentioned in this thread). I purchased your game on Appstore, but now it's just dead weight on my iPhone.

    Community is begging you, improve touch controls, make your wonderful game playable on the go, not only on PC/consoles with gamepads. Thanks!

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    I keep walking to trees and accidentally hitting other players. The directional buttons were the worst idea. They could just add a virtual joystick and an attack button or place block button.

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    RockerrrDon commented
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    Mojang, if you read this comment, please look into redesigning your touch controls. I know you guys want it to be simplistic but it deteriorates our experience with the game. We Pocket Edition players are a part of the community too and that's why we kindly request you to look into the matter ASAP. Designated buttons, navigation and running toggle needs a complete redesign. Fellow minecrafters, please upvote this comment and this post till mojang actually does something about it. We are counting on you devs :-)

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    The controls indeed should be changed. I find it hard to turn and aim because I'm being comboed. Maybe make the dpad a joystick control, single tap sneak, and a dedicated sprint button. That would help. Also, please don't make it lose your sprint when you hit something. This is a MUST-CHANGE for tablet players without controllers.

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    TheSeangle commented
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    Absolutely agreed with you. Joystick, customizable locations for buttons, customizable button sizes (for every button separately), ability to enable LMB and RMB emulating buttons (for reference look at PUBG Mobile players who use 4 fingered controls on YouTube) and relocate them around the screen, there is so much more potential to attract so many new players to the game for such a small effort of rethinking controls

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    H411OW commented
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    This is literally the only thing it needs then this game will actually be popular

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    Pedro KING 13 commented
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    PLS PLS MAKE THIS

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    mrrajib122335 commented
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    Change the split controls's imput method by adding two buttons. One for: destroy block / Attack / eat food / drink milk, another one for: place block / use items / trade villager / use boat- leave boat / feed food.

    Because it would be faster and easier than the current method. In the current method we can not move crosshair and do important actions (destroy block / attack / eat food / drink milk / place block / use items / trade villager / use boat- leave boat / feed food) together. By adding two buttons we can move crosshair and do those actions together.

    Place the place block / use items button at mid right and destroy block / attack button at mid left on the screen. Make it vertically customisable for shoter screens and bigger screens.

    If you guys do not want to replace the current method to this method than atleast add this method in optional on/off toggle, name the option advanced split controls.