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Both keyboard and USB gamepad controllers can be used to play Need for Speed: World, although the title was designed with the keyboard as a primary input device. There is currently no option for controller users to change their controls in-game.

Number Keys Typewriter Keys
1 Engage Powerup 1 W Accelerate
2 Engage Powerup 2 E Look Behind
3 Engage Powerup 3 U Open Profile Gadget
4 Engage Powerup 4 O Open Friends List
Cursor Control Keys [ Join Multiplayer Event
Up Accelerate ] Join Single-Player Event
Down Brake/Reverse \ Open Race Gadget
Left Steer Left A Turn Left
Right Steer Right S Brake/Reverse
Numeric Keys D Turn Right
2 Engage Powerup 4 H Enter Safehouse
4 Engage Powerup 2 Return Focus on Chat
6 Engage Powerup 3 C Change Camera Angle
8 Engage Powerup 1 N Open News
+ Open Help Gadget M Open World Map
Modifier Keys Space Handbrake
Left Shift Change Gear (Up) Backspace Reset Car
Left Ctrl Change Gear (Down) T Push-to-talk (Voice Chat)
Alt & Z Toggle HUD . Push-to-talk (Voice Chat)
PrtScrn Capture Screenshot K Engage Car Sounds
L Engage Police Lights
V Enable Free Roam Camera

Episode #44 of Ask Marc stated a list of compatible USB gamepad controllers;

  • Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
  • Logitech ChillStream
  • Logitech Rumble Gamepad 510
  • Logitech Rumblepad
  • Logitech Rumblepad 2
  • Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2
  • Logitech DualAction Gamepad
  • Logitech G25 Wheel
  • Logitech G27 Wheel
  • Logitech MOMO Force Feedback Wheel
  • Thrustmaster Universal Challenge Racing Wheel


Episode #56 of Ask Marc contained a question regarding vibration or force feedback for controllers. It was stated as "not a top priority" because the majority of players are using keyboards as their main input device.

Note that the specific button names have been normalised across all controllers based on location

Powerups
Direction Button Up Engage Powerup 1
Direction Button Left Engage Powerup 2
Direction Button Right Engage Powerup 3
Direction Button Down Engage Powerup 4
Basic Driving
R2 Trigger Accelerate
L2 Trigger Brake/Reverse
Left Analog Stick (Left) Turn Left
Left Analog Stick (Right) Turn Right
Other Driving
Right Stick (Up) Change Gear (Up)
Right Stick (Down) Change Gear (Down)
R1 Trigger Look Behind
L1 Trigger Handbrake
Modifier Keys
Left Central Button Reset Car
Right Central Button Change Camera Angle

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