A simple setup and configuration for casual play in American Truck Simulator. This is a configuration I use for casual/arcade-type play. I’ve put over 200 hours into the game & made over 7 million in profit so far, and this setup has worked well for me. I hope you find it useful!
For arcade-type play, I’ve stuck with automatic transmission, here. I suppose if you wanted to shift gears, the best option would be to use the shoulder buttons (although you will need to reassign the wipers & cruise control).
Keys & Buttons
This is what your gamepad config will look like:
This should cover all your basic driving operations. tapping the LB will cycle thru the wiper settings, D-Pad UP thru the different cameras, B resets the view to centered cabin view. The rest should be pretty self-explanatory. High beams won’t activate unless the headlights are already on. Headlights cycle thru fog lights/full/off. The RB cruise control is on/off & sets at whatever speed you’re currently doing. The in-game menus accept joystick or Directional Pad inputs, too (except for the photo editor). Otherwise, all other game functions are still accessible through the keyboard.
Although there is a specific gamepad input setting, I don’t recommend it, as it likes to reset to defaults for some reason. I’ve had the best results using the keyboard + Xinput Gamepad 1 setting. The steering sensitivity was the hardest to get feeling natural, and you will probably need to tweak it to your taste. I find those default settings are usually way too sensitive & will have you careening all over the road. These settings should provide a nice compromise between using little taps for straightening during highway driving & pushing the stick hard over for tight turns, though you will need to reduce speed for hairpins (like IRL).
I hope this guide is a good starting point for setting up your xbox360 gamepad for casual ATS play. Please let me know if there’s anything you want me to add, or fix!
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