If only you could bind macros and skills to keyboard on PS3. That's the only thing I dislike about the PS3 version. The controller is enough to do everything. But it's not enough to do everything fast.
I'm right there with you. You can set some of your keyboard buttons up to active the controller buttons, namely L2 and R2
. Now you can hold whatever button down is if you were holding the controller trigger to activate the crossbar(s). Now you CAN do Keybinds, they just have to be Combos. Set the D-pad and Buttons to keyboard keys and you can duplicate the controller functionality on your keyboard. If you set the Cross bar to "Toggle" you can actually do Keybinds directly using this method.
When I play with my daughter on PS3 she can control her character and I can use the mouse to point the way, or even click directly on her cross bar to activate actions. I have her Crossbars set to "Toggle" since her fingers are a bit small for button Combos. And of course I have a "/targetenemy" User Macro for her to get the fights started.
When she plays her character on the PC, all of the Hotbars are on the screen in addition
to the controller Crossbar. Now I have every Keybind, and Hotbar and Menu, etc. available with the mouse + keyboard. It's so much easier to pitch in when I need to.
On a side note: For anyone looking to play FFXIV with your kids, FFXIV on PC is incredibly friendly (PS3 works, just not as many input options). You can both control the character at the same time. I would expect the controller and mouse+keyboard to conflict, but it does not! Not at all. It's like the perfect scenario for teaching a kid to play an MMO. Edited, Sep 19th 2013 1:59pm by Gnu