How to Play PC Games with a Joystick using JoyToKey
If you want to enjoy PC games with a joystick, you might need a software that can map the joystick buttons and sticks to the keyboard and mouse input. One of the most popular and easy-to-use software for this purpose is JoyToKey. In this article, we will show you how to download, install and configure JoyToKey to play PC games with a joystick.
What is JoyToKey
JoyToKey (or Joy2Key) is a software that enables PC game controllers to emulate the keyboard and mouse input, so that windows applications and web games can be controlled with your favorite joysticks[^1^]. Whenever buttons and sticks are pressed on the controllers, JoyToKey converts them into keyboard strokes and/or mouse movements so that the target application will work as if you are using a real keyboard and mouse.
How to Download and Install JoyToKey
You can download the latest official version of JoyToKey from its website: https://joytokey.net/en/. The download file is a zip archive, so you need to extract it to a folder of your choice. Then, run the JoyToKey.exe file to launch the software. You don't need to install anything else.
How to Configure JoyToKey for PC Games
Before you start configuring JoyToKey, make sure your joystick is connected to your PC and recognized by Windows. You can check this by going to Control Panel > Devices and Printers. You should see your joystick icon there. If not, you might need to install the drivers for your joystick first.
Once your joystick is ready, follow these steps to configure JoyToKey for PC games:
Open JoyToKey and create a new configuration file by clicking on \"Create\" button at the bottom left corner. You can name it whatever you want, but it's recommended to use the name of the game you want to play.
Select the configuration file you just created from the list on the left side. You should see a list of joystick buttons and sticks on the right side.
Click on each button or stick and assign a keyboard key or mouse action to it. For example, if you want to map the A button on your joystick to the Space key on your keyboard, click on \"Button 1\" and then press Space on your keyboard. You can also assign mouse actions such as left click, right click, scroll up or down, etc.
Repeat this process for all the buttons and sticks you want to use for the game. You can also adjust the sensitivity and threshold of each stick by clicking on \"Options\" > \"Configure Joystick\" > \"Advanced Settings for each device\".
Save your configuration file by clicking on \"Save\" button at the bottom right corner.
Launch the game you want to play and enjoy it with your joystick!
Tips and Tricks
You can create multiple configuration files for different games and switch between them easily by selecting them from the list on the left side of JoyToKey.
You can also create profiles for different joysticks if you have more than one connected to your PC. Just click on \"Options\" > \"Configure Joystick\" > \"Select one of multiple joysticks\".
You can use JoyToKey not only for PC games, but also for web games or any other windows applications that require keyboard and mouse input.
You can minimize JoyToKey to the system tray by clicking on \"Options\" > \"Minimize to tray when this window is closed\". This way, it will run in the background and you don't need to open it every time you want to use your joystick.
JoyToKey is a powerful and user-friendly software that allows you to play PC games with a joystick by mapping the joystick buttons and sticks to the keyboard and mouse input. It works with any joystick that is recognized by Windows and supports multiple configuration files, profiles and devices. You can download it from its official website: https://joytokey.net/en/. aa16f39245