# Joystick to turn object

I have an onscreen joystick that spits out a Vector2 for horizontal and vertical movement. The range is -1.0 to 1.0 What I need to do is based on that vector, calculate the rotation of an object to face the direction of the joystick and also to move at a rate based on how far the joystick is moved in that direction. An example would be if the joystick is half the way down and half way to the right, the horizontal value would be 0.5 and vertical would be -0.5. I need to translate that so the object would rotate 135 degrees to face down/right and move in that direction at half speed. The object is a rigidbody so ideally I’d like to use force to rotate and move since this is how it moves already.

Any help would be appreciated.

To calculate the angle, you an use Mathf.Atan2(). I believe the onscreen Joystick gives you back a Vector2. So:

``````var angle = Mathf.Atan2(v2.y, v2.x) * Mathf.Rad2D3g;
``````

Note that the parameters are y,) not x,y. Also note that the angle starts at 0.0 on the right and goes counterclockwise, so your values of -.5 and. 5 would generate a rotation of -45 which is 315 degrees. Note if you are setting the direction of a Sprite or a Quad for a 2D game, and the front of your character is to the right, you can set the rotation like this:

``````transform.rotation = Quaternion.AngleAxis(angle, Vector3.forward);
``````

…and the angle will match the joystick position.

You can use the magnitude of the Vector2 to scale the movement. There is a slight problem with solution. If the joystick is at an angle, the max value will be sqrt(2), where a horizontal or vertical position will produce a max value of 1.0. So you may want to cap the value at 1.0 or do some other geometry so that a diagonal movement is not faster than horizontal or vertical movement.