Genshin Impact is available on many platforms, but most players prefer to play it on a PC or smartphone.
Below are the main ways to install and play Genshin Impact on your computer. A mouse and keyboard are standard, but you can also use a controller. Read on for all the details.
How to play Genshin Impact on a PC
Before we begin, here are the game’s system requirements. You should check your PC’s specs before trying to install the game.
- Intel Core i5 and above or AMD equivalent
- Minimum 8 GB RAM
- Have 2048 MB of VRAM, which can be found on your GPU
- An NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 or AMD equivalent
- DirectX 11 Compatible GPU
- Intel i7 and above or AMD equivalent
- 16GB RAM
- 6GB VRAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD equivalent
Your gaming PC must be running Windows 7 and above and have at least 30 GB of free space. However, keep in mind the game’s major updates and prepare at least double the recommended storage space. If necessary, back up some files to a portable hard drive or install a new SSD/HDD.
Follow these steps to download the Genshin Impact desktop client:
- Go to the official website of Genshin Impact.
- Click the “Download” button in the top right corner.
- Choose the PC platform over the other choices.
- Download the game installer.
- Run the game installer and wait.
- After the download is complete, the system will install the game.
- Start playing if you already have an account.
If you have an account, feel free to log in with your login details. If not, create a HoYoverse account and start playing.
Since the desktop client contains many textures and other files, downloading the game usually takes a long time. A fast internet connection usually ensures that everything is ready within an hour.
Alternatively, if you are a fan of Android emulators, you can play the game on Bluestacks or an equivalent.
- Download Bluestacks and install the emulator.
- Click on the Google Play Store app and sign in.
- Type “Genshin Impact” in the search bar.
- Download the official mobile client.
- Download and install the app.
- Tap the Genshin Impact app on the Bluestacks home screen.
- Log in with your login details.
- Start playing.
Note that you may need to verify the device first, but it will only take a minute. Some players prefer this approach because the mobile version is much smaller and doesn’t take up as much space. You can also use the emulator’s features to mimic touchscreen gameplay with a mouse and keyboard.
Playing Genshin Impact on a PC with a keyboard
If you’re playing Genshin Impact on a PC, you’re probably already playing with a keyboard. The PC client immediately uses your PC’s peripherals without any additional settings. Therefore, any supported USB keyboard will work just fine.
Assume we’re using the default settings when talking about controls and actions.
You move with the WASD keys and attack with the left mouse button. You jump by pressing the spacebar and when you are in the air, you can press it to deploy the glider.
You can easily rotate the camera by moving your mouse. The scroll wheel increases or decreases the zoom levels, depending on your preference.
In combat, normal attacks are not enough, and each character has an Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst. They are deployed with the E and Q keys respectively.
The F key is used to communicate or retrieve items. This is useful if you are trying to collect resources or progress through the game.
Press Z to use a quick use gadget. T is reserved for certain interactions and X for falling while climbing.
Use the 1, 2, 3 and 4 keys to access your four characters in the party. Every now and then you get a fifth member that you can temporarily bet with the 5 key.
Why use mouse and keyboard?
Many PC gamers use a mouse and keyboard for its familiarity and convenience. Everything can be assigned to one key and you can easily develop muscle memory. Those mechanical skills transfer quickly when you play other online RPGs.
A mouse and keyboard are also much faster than controllers or touchscreens. The combat experience is smoother and you have less room for error.
Playing Genshin Impact on a PC with a controller
Genshin Impact also supports the use of controllers such as the Xbox and PS4 controllers. You just need to pair them and the game will detect them automatically. Here’s how to switch to a controller.
For USB controllers, plug them into a free port and wait for the system to take care of everything. For Bluetooth controllers, you must enable the computer’s Bluetooth functionality.
Neither of these choices has an in-game advantage over the others. Pick the one you have and you should be able to play Genshin Impact immediately.
- Connect a controller to your game computer.
- Start Genshin impact.
- Log in to your account.
- Press Esc to open the Paimon menu.
- Click on the gear.
- Select ‘Control’.
- Under ‘Control type’, choose ‘Controller’.
- Customize and apply your settings.
Please try again if the controller option does not allow you to use your current device. The PC version works with USB and Bluetooth controllers that your computer recognizes.
When using a controller, movement is performed by the left joystick and the right joystick is used for panning the camera.
The face buttons are used for interacting, attacking and jumping. Your Burst and Skill are located on the triggers, which are located on the bottom of the controller.
Clicking on the sticks will give you access to various functions such as quest navigation and exit from challenges.
The D-pad is where your party members can be summoned on the field as needed. For the fifth member, you need to press LB + Y or L1 + Triangle, depending on your controller type.
Since controllers have far fewer buttons than a keyboard, you’ll need to remember some combinations for specific actions. Many people find this easy, especially if they are experienced console gamers.
Some players prefer to use a controller because of its precision and easy portability. They can also already play Genshin Impact on a console. In these cases, with some modification, they can use muscle memory.
There’s also reason for extra precision in moving and aiming, but mouse and keyboard players say the same thing. Therefore, it is mostly up to personal preference.
Playing Genshin Impact on a PC with a linked Google Account
You need to follow a certain process if you want to link your Google account to your Genshin Impact account.
- Launch Genshin Impact on your mobile device.
- Tap the Paimon menu.
- Select the gear to open the Settings menu.
- Go to ‘Account’.
- Choose “User Center”.
- Look for the email option and send a verification code to your Gmail address.
- Find the email and get the code.
- Go back to Genshin Impact and enter the verification code.
The process allows users to initiate cross-platform and cross-save play. You can now play fluidly on a mobile device and start right where you left off on a PC.
If the verification code doesn’t appear, check if you entered the wrong address. It should arrive within moments of pressing the button.
A seamless experience
While Genshin Impact is not without its problems, many players enjoy its rich storyline and large cast of characters. No matter which controller you choose, it’s safe to say the experience is enjoyable.
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