Questions about game controllers (which, unlike the more generic peripherals, are used to control games).

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How can I identify the new Xbox 360 controller in stores?

The new Xbox 360 controller is starting to become available in local stores, at least I think so. Is there any way I can identify the new controller, either by looks or a serial number or something? ...
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Can I remotely control my PS3 with my laptop?

Is there any way that a laptop can be used to control a PS3? Most of my searches have turned up articles aimed in the other direction (using a PS3 controller on a computer), but I've not found ...
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Does Xbox 360 USB controller work out-of-the-box on Windows/Linux/Mac?

I'm planning buying a wired USB Xbox 360 controller, but I would like to know a bit more about it before actually buying. Most (all?) USB controllers identify themselves as USB HID (Human Interface ...
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How to fix USB gamepad problem with Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) Classics 1

Lately I bought Sega Mega Drive Classics 1 on Get Games, featuring Golden Axe, Shadow Dancer, Crack Down and several others (also available on Steam). The games work perfectly with my ancient, ...
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Where can I order thumbsticks for my PS3 dualshock 3 controller?

My son has a nervous habit of chewing on the PS3 controller's thumbsticks during cut-scenes. One day, he actually ripped the top of it off. Glue worked for awhile, but the top eventually came off ...
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How to fix gamepad problem with DOSBox-ed One Must Fall 2097?

Recently I played an excellent, 1994 now-freeware fighting game, One Must Fall 2097. The game works wonderfully under DOSBox, with fully supported sound and gamepad control, which I personally prefer ...
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Does the Wii Sport Kit improve your control?

I found a sports kit with the following: Steering wheel Tennis Racket Golf club Baseball bat Cricket bat Do any of these improve your control?
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Is there a smaller Xbox 360 controller available? [closed]

My wife finds the standard XBOX 360 controller too large for her hands, so doesn't use the console. It seems there was a smaller controller on sale from Madcatz, but it is no longer available. Does ...
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Best way to improve execution with a fightstick?

I bought a fightstick some months ago, and I'm enjoying it a lot, I find it more fun to play fighting games with it, but I feel like I've stopped improving. I read in several places that it takes ...
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Should I buy a gamepad or joystick for PC gaming on my Media Center?

We've started playing Madagascar and Lego Star Wars on our Windows media center PC connected to the TV. Using the wireless keyboard works but isn't ideal. What kind of gaming controller would you ...
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ION Drum Set Pedal Compatibility

I currently have a RB1 set that I got way back when it originally came out, but I've been considering getting a new set so that I can start playing pro drums on RB3. I figure that if I'm going to get ...
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Nice DPad controllers for fighting games on XBOX 360

So I want to be able to play fighting games on a 360, but the D-Pad on the standard controller is terrible. I don't really want to use an arcade stick either. Are there any controllers for the Xbox ...
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Will 360 games such as Guitar Hero recognize my USB midi device if I plug it directly into a controller port?

does anyone know if I can connect a usb MIDI device (my drum machine) directly to a controller port and have it recognised within the likes of Guitar Hero? Thanks.
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Can I use PS3 controllers on a PS2

Is there a way to use a Playstation 3 controller with a Playstation 2? (Perhaps with a wireless dongle plugged into the front of the PS2..) Our PS2 controllers are getting knackered, and I'm loathed ...
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How can I emulate keyboard and mouse commands with a game controller? [closed]

Some programs exist to allow you to use game console controllers (such as the Xbox 360 controller, or my usb-connected SNES pads and dual-shocks) to play games that don't support controllers natively. ...
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What that alternate connector is for on the Xbox360 controller?

If you look at wired Xbox360 controller it has what looks like 2 filters on its wire near USB connector. I only recently noticed that that bigger filter is actually an alternate connector with ...
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Racing wheel controllers for XBox 360

I'd like to pick up a racing wheel for the Xbox 360 (bonus points if it supports PC and/or PS3 as well), but I can't find any that seem to be still distributed. Logitech's and Mad Catz's models are ...
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Can I use my Xbox 360 controller to play PC games?

I bought the Prince of Persia trilogy games yesterday at a garage sale and I want to play them asap! I remember them being great on the PS2. Can I use my Xbox 360 controller with my laptop? Would I ...
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Are there any tips for improving driving skills in racing games using an analog stick controller?

I enjoy console racing games, but not really enough to invest in a steering wheel controller and pedals. That being said, when I'm using the analog sticks to steer, I don't ever feel like I can hold ...
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Compatibility of controllers for PC games

As the number of console ports seems to increase, there are more and more games that are meant to be played with a controller like on a console. The keyboard controls are sometimes pretty clumsy. If ...
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Can the Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit cable charge regular Ni-MH batteries in the controller?

I use regular rechargeable Ni-MH AA batteries in my Xbox360 controllers, which I charge in a regular AA battery charger. Since the Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit batteries are just Ni-MH batteries, ...
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Steering wheel controller for PS3

I am thinking about getting a steering wheel controller for the PS3, primarily for Gran Turismo 5. Is there a website which compares all the available options, so I can choose the best one for me?
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Gamepad for Assassin's Creed for PC not working

I have a Logitech wireless gamepad which is not recognized by AC. Any ideas?
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Syncing Xbox Wireless Controller w/ Mac

Can anybody please assist me in furthering my attempts to get my Xbox controller properly synced with my Mac Pro? I'm using Snow Leopard and I have downloaded the driver software from tattiebogle.com. ...
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Get Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit) to recognise my xbox 360 controller

I got Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit) from steam and need to play it with a controller (not keyboard and mouse, due to RSI). But was disappointed that it doesn't work with the xbox 360 controller - ...
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Are there any racing wheels that support both XBOX 360 and PS3?

I swear I came across one that did a couple years ago (had some kind of weird dongle that would allow it to work on pretty much everything), but I could be thinking of something else. I'd rather not ...
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PC Compatibility of MadCatz Rock Band 3 Wireless Pro-Drum and Pro-Cymbals Kit for Xbox 360

I would like to ask if there is anyone who tested Xbox 360 Rock Band 3 Pro Drums in a PC? I'm planning to buy one. Although I like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, I plan to use it in a Drummania-like ...
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Is there a way I can emulate an Xbox 360 controller on the PC?

On my PC, I have a non Xbox controller which has exactly the same button scheme as Xbox controllers. However, I cannot play a lot of Windows Live games (Fallout 3, Batman: Arkham Asylum) using it ...
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Does XBox gamepad emulator software exist for the PC?

What I'm hoping to do is use a second keyboard and/or mouse in the place of a gamepad for games that require a gamepad to enable multiplayer gaming. I've noticed a few games that are XBox ports have ...
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Kinect Joy Ride: Playing the game with wireless controller

Is it possible to play Kinect Joy Ride with wireless Xbox 360 controller? I don't own Kinect yet.
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Can you charge the PS3 wireless controller over regular USB?

I normally charge the PS3 controller by connecting it to the PS3 while its idling, but I guess it's much easier to charge it through my PCs USB port. Would this work?
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Is the XBox 360 wired headset compatible with Rock Band 3?

we just got Rock Band 3 for XBox 360 and we're trying to use the wired headset attached to the vocalist (wireless) controller as a mic. This work in Rock Band 1 and 2, but it's not working in 3. Is ...
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Joystick D-Pad not working on sdlmame

I wasn't sure on which StackExchange site I should ask this, so I'll give it a try over here. I installed sdlmame (0.140-1) and qmc2 (0.2.b17-1) as a frontend on ArchLinux. I enabled a USB joystick ...
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How are the many signals of a N64 or Wii joystick sent to the console by only 2 wires?

I am curious as to how only 2 wires (perhaps 3 or 4) inside a N64 or Wii gamepad are able to send the many signals of the different inputs at once. It used to be that for just one ON/OFF input, we ...
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Troubleshoot continually reconnecting controllers?

I have an XBox-360 and some wireless controllers. The TV is 15ft from the couch, and in a direct line of sight (eg, empty space between the two). But the controllers are continually ...
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Does playing racing games with a wheel and pedals affect your real-world driving?

I am worried that if I got used to pulling the 'stunts' one would pull in video games with the same physical interface of a real car, it could lead me to bringing the same 'stunts' on real streets. ...
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Are there adapters to use one controller (possibly Xbox) as both Wii classic controller and as Gamecube controller?

Basically I want to have one single gamepad (and I like the Xbox layout best, but it's not imperative), so I am searching for one of the following solutions: One or two adapters USB (at least Xbox ...
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How to quickly pair a guest's Wii remote?

Every time my friends are over with their own pair of Wii remotes, I have to do this hit-or-miss pairing dance over and over again. I'm not sure what the "correct" way of doing this is, and the manual ...
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Do some Wii games require a Classic Controller?

Are there any Wii games that require me to use a Classic Controller and won't work with a Gamecube controller or Wiimote+Nunchuck? Are there any controllers that have both a Wiimote and a Gamecube ...
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Do gamepads always deteriorate from extended disuse and is there anything to be done about it?

I've owned two USB gamepads for PC now. The first was some noname pad I got really cheap in a supermarket. The second was (and is) Logitech Rumblepad 2. In both cases I've had the same problem: When I ...
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Left Handed controller

Whilst I am right-handed in pretty much everything, I am not when it comes to playing guitar (real or otherwise). Are there left handed controllers available from Rock Band/Guitar Hero...? If I'm ...
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Will a normal electric guitar work with Rock Band 3?

I've seen a couple of articles that talk about the guitar controllers for Rock Band 3. Option 1 (the Mustang): A plastic controller in the style of the current controllers, but with buttons for ...
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How to fix broken controllers/pads?

Recently, I took off my old consoles from their boxes with the intention to do some retro-gaming but found two problems which look alike: my gamecube controller has a problem where it's digital stick ...
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Mouse and Keyboard for XBox 360?

I know there are third party attachments you can get like the XFPS Sniper or the Mayflash Max. So two questions really. 1: Has Microsoft given a reason why they decided not to allow the use of a ...
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Do Guitar Hero peripherals work with Rock Band and vice versa?

I own the Guitar Hero instruments. Can I buy a Rock Band game and use the instruments from Guitar Hero to play the game? And vice versa?
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Can you use the Wii Classic Control for the Wii version of Destroy All Humans?

I find the controller layout of Destroy All Humans for the Wii to be too annoying to play for long, using the IR sensor to control the camera is just a pain. I really liked using dual analog sticks ...
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Xbox 360 Wireless Remote batteries - aftermarket or official Microsoft ones? [closed]

I have used a mix between the actual rechargeable battery back, and the 'psyclone gaming' batteries (usually found at Target or Best Buy in the US). I am starting to get annoyed, because the ...
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The disappearance of the joystick

In the Commodore and coin-op days, the joystick was the controller, with occasionally the trackball (for Marble Madness) and the paddle (for pong and similar concepts, e.g. Arkanoid). The use of the ...
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How do I use Wii remote and other controllers for PC games?

Is there a device or adapter (similar to the one asked about here for the Xbox 360) to allow me to use my Wii remote and classic controller to control PC games?
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Is there any fix for the controller of Saints Row 2 on PC

I recently bought Saints Row 2 at Steam, however, the controls seem to be unnatural and hard to control the main character. Things like strafing left or rotating the character are unbeliveably ugly. ...