DESTINY 2 KEYBOARD SETTINGS
Destiny 2 Keyboard Settings: Recently, Bungie made some exciting announcements about Destiny 2 for PC that probably made a lot of gamers display extreme reactions. One of them, and probably the most controversial among them, is about Destiny 2’s supported input devices, which include fully supported mouse and keyboard. According to Bungie, they are continuously checking and making adjustments on the game to ensure that they meet PC gamers’ expectations come October 24 launch. They also want to make sure that the game is well balanced and will feel right on mouse and keyboard. This made a lot of hardcore console gamers frown, to put it mildly. Apparently, there are still some people who have not yet moved on from the primordial issue of MKB (mouse + keyboard) as a form of cheating. On the extreme, brighter end, allowing players freedom to choose their preferred input devices—be it mouse and keyboard or controller—combined with Destiny 2’s stunning 4k resolution running at 60 to 144 frames per second (FPS, also called frame rate) opened Destiny 2 to new gamers and even won the hearts of PC game veterans who have long retired or have gone on hiatus.
What’s more delicious about the news is that keyboards are fully customizable. Meaning, if you are not happy with the default keyboard setting for Destiny 2, you can assign new actions on the keys based on your own preference and comfort. To give you an idea, here’s the default keyboard setting for Destiny 2:
Character Menu – F1
Directional Movement – W, A, S, D
Sprint – Shift
Crouch/Slide – CTRL
Jump – Space Bar
Weapon Selection – Kinetic Weapon: 1, Energy Weapon: 2, Power Weapon: 3
Grenade – Q
Melee Attack – E
Reload Weapon – R
Summon Ghost – Tab
Super Ability – F
Guardian Super (Warlock Dawnblade, Hunter Arcstriker, Titan Striker) – X
Class Ability – V
Social Commands – Highlight Player: C, Interact: G, Emotes: Arrow Keys (Left, Right, Up, Down)
Fortunately, unlike mouse control, keyboard setting for Destiny 2 is very straightforward. It’s just a matter of assigning an action to a specific key. No need for those sensitivity-hocus-pocus or DPI-mumbo-jumbo of mouse setting. BUT—yes, there’s one and we bet you didn’t see that coming—just like your mouse, the keyboard plays a very important role in your Destiny 2 gaming career. As your means of interacting with the game, it is important that you get the right keyboard. For the longest time, keyboard’s significance and the value of using the right kind has been downplayed, if not ignored. As a result, not too many players (except for the elite few who make knowing everything about the game their business) are aware that using the wrong keyboard has detrimental effect, not just on your body but on your in-game performance as well.
BREAKING DOWN THE KEYBOARD
So how do you choose “the One”? How do you know that a keyboard is perfect for you? There are many indicators, actually, but they often go unnoticed because the person buying the keyboard does not have a clue on what to look for. To give you an idea, let’s take a quick look first on how keyboards work.
Generally, there are two kinds of keyboard: mechanical and rubber dome. Mechanical keyboards use metal spring and individual switch on its keys. This contraption under each key is what gives you that distinctively familiar response when you press a key. You sometimes feel it as slight bump, soft click, or smooth touchdown at the keyboard base as if saying it has received your message and will now relay it to the computer. Some gamers and tech people call this auditory and tactile feedback; we call it “popping spice that makes mechanical keyboards hot.”
Each key on the mechanical keyboard consists of the following parts: keycap (the plastic cap and topmost part of the key where symbols are printed), stem (the protrusion that supports the keycap), switch housing (the casing that contains the assembled switch and spring), slider (lunges at the spring and impedes the metal contact leaves from making contact), metal contact leaves (registers a keystroke every time the two leaves come into contact with each other), and spring (resets the position of the switch after each key press).
Rubber dome keyboards, on the other hand, use a rubber sheet under the keys instead of switches and springs. Unlike mechanical keyboard keys, the resistance in rubber dome keyboard is softer and the feedback is gentler. You know that you have completed the task of pressing the key because there’s a smooth and very subtle “thump” right after you did it. Each key usually consists of only three to four components: keycap, slider, silicon membrane layer, and PCB or Printed Circuit Board with electronic circuits.
Take note that not all keyboards have the same key responsiveness. Depending on the keyboard switch’s movement, keys may need slightly longer or shorter press time to register a keystroke. Keyboard switch movement can be categorized in three ways: linear, which is characterized by smooth and consistent keystroke; tactile, gives you a sudden “bump” in the middle of executing the keystroke; and clicky, similar to tactile but with a sharp “click” toward the end of keystroke execution.
Response, feel, and switch movement are keyboard characteristics that can never be attained no matter how epic your keyboard setting for Destiny 2 is. Thus, it is imperative to carefully assess the keyboard’s features before deciding to buy it.
CHOOSING THE ONE: MAKINGS OF A GOOD KEYBOARD
Now that you have a general idea on how keyboards work, let’s move on to factors that set a good gaming keyboard apart from the rest. More specifically, we have listed a few tips on how to determine if the keyboard that you’re eyeing is “the one keyboard that will rule them all,” at least based on your physical built, gaming habits, and personal preferences.
1. The keyboard should be able to give you an audible, clear-cut signal that the key press has been successfully executed. Also, you should be able to feel something distinctly familiar—perhaps a subtle resistance or a slight bump followed by a snappy “click” – that will help notify you every time a keystroke is successfully registered. That way you can move on to the next task and avoid making unnecessary presses or extra taps. Remember that in Destiny 2, every second that you’re able to save means higher chance of owning your enemy. To put it simply, look for a keyboard with keys that create strong, sharp sound and give the least resistance when pressed. Remember, there’s no command in any keyboard setting for Destiny 2 that can provide you with this feature so you cannot afford to neglect this.
2. Since you will be spending hours after hours of intense gaming with your keyboard, it is important to get one that’s sturdy enough to endure unintentional “abuses” as players tend to unintentionally press buttons more violently and smash keys harder and more frequently when engaged in a battle. Check the keyboard’s lifespan as well (it’s often expressed in number of keystroke cycles). Since Destiny 2 is action heavy and fully support in-game text chat, you really need a keyboard with reliable keys, ones that do not fall off due to overtapping of emotes keys or suddenly stops responding because you’ve been using WASD way too much. No keyboard setting for Destiny 2 can extend your keyboard’s lifespan so make sure you get one that can take the highest number of keystroke cycles.
3. Go for keyboard that offers extra features. It doesn’t hurt to have illuminated movement keys or zone lighting that separates ability keys from weapons keys. Some keyboards even allow keycap swapping and have more programmable keys than you will ever need. Imagine what kind of keyboard setting for Destiny 2 you can do with it. That would be dope!
4. Never take ergonomics for granted. More than having flashy designs, cool lighting options, matching colors and branding, it is more important to have optimal shape and size based on your personal body build and habits. Before you buy, you should test first if the keyboard gives you enough room to move your hands comfortably without ending up in a knot. Check as well if you can press buttons and keys in various orders without accidentally hitting two or three more. Don’t forget to feel the edges, make sure that it’s not too think, too steep, too curvy, etc. Finally, place your arms on the keyboard and imagine yourself in the same position for at least thirty minutes. If you see your arms going numb after resting your wrist or elbow on the keyboard for extended period, then it’s not the right design for you. Remember, no matter how OP your keyboard setting for Destiny 2 is, you will never win if you’re suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.
5. Verify if the keyboard supports simultaneous pressing of multiple keys. It would be a pity if you were able to come up with a godly keyboard setting for Destiny 2 but couldn’t execute properly because your keyboard do not have anti-ghosting technology. Remember that you are playing FPS slash MMORPG with hints of MOBA and a dash of RTS. Your gaming life is defined as “always on the edge,” “quick-paced,” and “spontaneous.” You need anti-ghosting to make sure that the keys you strike registers concurrently and accurately.
6. Read the manual and check if it has anything to say about “responsiveness.” A decent gaming keyboard should have minimal to zero delay between keystrokes. Seeing your OP keyboard setting for Destiny 2 fail because of a laggy keyboard is absolute torture. What’s more, a game that runs on 4,000 resolution at 144 frames per second do not deserve a keyboard with crappy response rate. You’ve already invested enough just to be able to play it at maximum setting, you cannot skimp on the keyboard now. Additionally, during high level gameplay and high-stake events, every millisecond matters. This is especially true for gamers who use heavy macro editing/key binding.
There are so many keyboard varieties in the market nowadays that you couldn’t help feeling nostalgic about the way it was a couple of years ago. Back then, keyboards were just a tool for typing, moving game characters in four different directions, picking up loots and opening/closing objects, jumping, and hacking/slashing. It didn’t matter what kind you bought because game resolution was so low, you wouldn’t know the difference between an expensive brand and a cheap generic keyboard anyway. During those years, concepts like keyboard setting for Destiny 2 or terms like macro key configuration were non-existent. There were no distinctions between keyboards; as long as it had QWERTY keys on the surface, it’s a keyboard.
Nowadays, we have smart, programmable keyboards; gaming keyboards that bring our favorite game’s “feels” beyond the corners of the screen; and custom keyboards that are so flexible, you can choose the keys you want backlighted and even remove key sets that you don’t need. You can even order keyboards with your preferred switches (tactile and silent, tactile and clicky, or linear and silent). For gamers who are used to ramming their keys while playing, there are keyboards that are designed to look, feel, and sound like a war tank. Really, there are just so many options and alternatives that it’s easy to lose yourself while shopping. To make sure you don’t end up spending for a keyboard that you can’t use or don’t need, make sure to test them first before making a decision. In the end, everything depends on your preference. Just don’t forget to take into account your Destiny 2 Keyboard Settings.