Choosing a Game Controller For Gaming

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Vortor, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Vortor macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2010
    Hi all,

    I'm thinking of buying a game controller to play some old school games on emulators. Thing is, I would like some recommendations. Wireless controllers would be great, especially if I don't need to install/mess with drivers.

    Some additional information might be useful. The computer is a iMac 27" (late 2009 model) with 10.6.8 Mac OS X.

    I'm more interested in playing NES, SNES and Sega Genesis/Mega Drive games.

    I was thinking getting one of the SNES controllers. If you have one, how does it behave?

  2. kylera macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    You'd have to mod the cable of any of those console controllers, and that's something a bit out of my league.

    I've seen word of how the wireless Xbox 360 controllers can play well with OS X. Try a search for that.
  3. Vortor thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2010
    Hi, thanks for the reply.

    After a quick search, I noticed the wireless Xbox 360 controller seems a good bet. But I didn't read any good reviews from actual buyers. Do I just need to buy the controller or do I need to spend more in additional hardware? What about drivers/programs?

    I would rather have the wireless controller version, but if the wired version is just "plug-and-play" (without the need to mess with settings/install drivers) I would probably buy it instead of the wireless controller.

  4. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    The wired one is plug-and-play, and it's the best controller you can go with for PC gaming. It's pretty much the standard controller now. Some other controllers might have different button and axis placements which might mess things up a little.
  5. ndonnine macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2011

    If you get a wireless, you have to buy a DONGLE! You can't plug in with the cord and play. If you buy a wired you can plug it in and the drivers are on
  6. Vortor thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2010
    I see. Wired seems to be the best bet.

    Thanks for the responses.
  7. Vorsos macrumors newbie


    Mar 25, 2012
    I would not ever recommend the 360 gamepad for emulators, since its d-pad is more suited for games that never use it.
    Your Mac has Bluetooth, so you can use a PS3 DualShock 3 without dongles.
  8. ash.peas macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2013
    Tomee USB controller

    Hey guys!

    I received the Tomee SNES USB controller for Christmas, and I'm having some difficulty setting it up on my MBA. I'm running 10.8.2. The emulator I was initially using was on, but then I read how much everyone liked ZSNES. I'm pretty sure the controller I received is defective, because the characters will walk left without prompt. So, before exchanging the controller, should I look into another USB controller, or would it be wiser to purchase an adapter for an old SNES controller I already have? Thanks! :eek::apple:
  9. blesscheese macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Central CA
    If you already have an SNES controller you like, why not get a Mayflash adaptor

    I have one for my N64 controller, and another for my Wii Classic, and they work great! the Amazon reviews and see if it is for you.
  10. AndiS. macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2012
    Can I use the PS 3 controller in Bootcamp and Osx that way? Wish I had known that before I bought the wireless dongle for my 360 controller
  11. lightz39 macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2012
    xbox 360 controller, don't look at anything else. It will be a waste of time.

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