I disagree with the weapon-wheel.
Yes, it would be a legal option which would allow us to equip/unequip it quickly, too, but there already are complaints about too few slots on the wheel and about being forced to place the binoculars on the wheel, if we want to use it.
Additionally it must be a solution which works for PC and consoles. In the past I made multiple suggestions how it could be done, but currently I cannot recall which one was the last or the best idea. At this point I absolutely agree that it should be as simple as the flashlight is. A single button press to activate/deactivate it. That’s also something I would wish to have for the binoculars, but that’s not the topic now. If the existing buttons on consoles don’t offer a free space for these functions, a combo of two buttons is an idea, too.
In the past I often thought that the dpad would be ideal to place a flashlight, binoculars, the gas mask and maybe healing on.
In this case there just have to found a new solution for switching ammo and firing mode, but that shouldn’t be that hard… Just different. For example we could use the weapon wheel as Trigger for that. Open the wheel, select the weapon with the right stick and then press dpad left/right for changing firing mode or ammo for the gun. Would work, but wouldn’t be as quick as it is currently.
So which item/function has higher priority to be accessable easier/faster?
Idk. I guess that also depends on everyones playstyle.
Last but not least, I didn’t use gas masks or binoculars for years now. Why? It’s currently too time consuming or needs space on the wheel which I need better for other items/weapons. And I don’t really need them. I don’t use the hacking skill and I avoid gas plus there are no rooms with gas that I need to enter again… Or I just heal myself if needed.
Switching firing mode is something I don’t do often. Switching ammo on the other hand is used more often, but not every time… Sometimes for switching to emp-rounds and back (firebirds)… Rarely for switching to experimental ammo and back.
But that’s just my opinion and way to play.