How to Setup a Tablet for OSU?

When you have to set-up your tablet for osu and finally get it done just in time for the next big tournament you are participating in, it can be a stressful task. You’re worried about your tablet being compatible with the game, or that it might not be fast enough to keep up with your movements.

You may be wondering what is configuration? Configuration refers to the arrangement of functional units according to their nature, number, and chief characteristics.

The term is used variously in computing. In computing devices, such as tablets and smartphones it refers to the layout of components and their interconnections with each other. In computers, configuration can refer either to hardware or software, or the combination of both.

OSU! Tablets are portable, multipurpose devices that can be used to play games, watch movies and even browse the internet. Admittedly, there are more tablet configurations than you can ever need — but if you’re just getting started with these gadgets, it’s a good idea to know how to configure your tablet the right way.

Tablets are similar to smartphones in that they have their own operating systems (OS) and third-party software. But there’s one big difference: tablets have a larger screen that can accept more apps and features than an iPhone or Android smartphone can handle.

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Setting Up the Tablet for osu!

First of all, make sure you have a tablet that has the required specifications for OSU! to run. For most people, this means having a tablet made by Wacom or Huion/Yiynova.

  1. Plug in your tablet to your computer. (Make sure it is on the proper port.)
  2. If you are using a USB tablet, go to your start menu and go to Computer, then right-click on the tablet and click Install.
  3. If you are using a wireless tablet, put in the batteries and turn it on. If your tablet came with a wireless receiver, plug it into the proper port (usually a USB port) and wait for it to install.
  4. If you are using a Wacom tablet, there should be an installation CD included in the package. Put this into your CD/DVD drive and install the drivers that way.
  5. The first thing you want to do is go ahead and download the latest driver from Wacom’s website (https://us.wacom.com/en/support/drivers). The drivers are available for Windows and Mac OS X.
  6. Go ahead and install the latest driver on your computer as well as any configuration software that comes with it (such as Wacom Tablet Properties for Windows or Wacom Tablet Utility for Mac OS X).
  7. Next you will want to open up the control panel for your tablet so that we can test if everything is working correctly. To do this Press Start button -> All Programs -> Tablet Properties or Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Tablet PC Settings
  8. If you can move the cursor around with the pen and all of the buttons work correctly then congratulations! Your tablet is working properly! Setting Up OSU!
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OSU! Resolution and In-game Options

Now we’re going to change some settings in OSU! so that we can play with the tablet. Open OSU!. Click on the gear icon next to your username in the upper right corner of your screen, then click “Options”. In this window, you need to change three things:

Screen Resolution

Set this to 1920×1080 or 1280×720. This is because if you make your resolution too big, or too small, OSU! will automatically rescale everything to fit your screen size. This makes your cursor move faster or slower than it’s supposed to, making it harder for you to get used to playing on a tablet.

The checkbox next to “Fullscreen”. This is just a preference thing; I like playing in fullscreen mode but you can change it if you want.

Hitbox Overlap

The hitbox is the invisible “box” around each circle we need to click or tap. You need to make sure that when you are clicking or tapping on a circle, it actually recognizes that you hit the note! Set this option to 0%.

OSU! Window Size

The reason for this is because the hitcircles are large enough now that you can use them as your cursor when you’re outside of OSU! or using other programs. Set it to whatever you like but make sure that it’s big enough for the hitcircles to be visible outside of the game. I personally play at 1366×768.

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Setting up Tablet for OSU | Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are tablets worth it for OSU?

OSU has a lot of resources that allow you to use your tablet in class. However, if you are looking for something that is cheaper, but still offers the same features, I would recommend getting a laptop instead.

Q: What tablet should I buy for OSU?

The most popular tablet among students is probably the iPad. This can be used with the Apple Pencil to write notes in apps like Notability or OneNote. Other students like the Microsoft Surface because of its 2-in-1 form factor and the free version of OneNote that comes pre-installed. You can also check out Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, which has many apps geared toward note-taking. There are many other options as well!

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