Controller to play MAME games on MacBook Air

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  1. bingefeller macrumors 6502

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    im after a controller that I can use to play MAME games on my MBA. I saw the PS4 controller works with Mac, but not sure if it works with MAME. I will just be playing MAME games.

    Any suggestions appreciated.
     
  2. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

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    Logitech F310, $15 on Amazon. Or an X-Arcade joystick if you want to do it properly.

    --Eric
     
  3. bingefeller thread starter macrumors 6502

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    the Logitec looks perfect. do you know if it requires drives or is just plug and play?
     
  4. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

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    No drivers. (Unless you use the switch on the back to put it in Xinput mode, in which case it's basically an Xbox gamepad and needs drivers.)

    --Eric
     
  5. bingefeller thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sounds perfect, thanks!
     
  6. DougTheImpaler macrumors 6502a

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    Seconded on the F310. It's fantastic for MAME and the like.

    I also have a Hori fight pad for PS3/PS4. In PS3 mode, it works without any drivers like a Dual Shock does. The Hori has a better D pad and a 6-button layout like Street Fighter II. It costs quite a bit more, though.
     
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    bingefeller thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I ordered the F310 last night from Amazon, should be here tomorrow.

    Kind of veering off topic, I haven't played any games on my Mac in years, what is the best MAME app on the Mac these days?

    Are these good instructions?

    bamf2048.github.io/sdl_mame_tut/
     
  8. DougTheImpaler macrumors 6502a

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    I use RetroArch. It's an all-in-one multi-emulator wrapper of sorts. It emulates basically every console and also has lots of arcade emulation options, including a current branch of MAME.

    http://www.retroarch.com
     
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  10. Demigod Mac macrumors 6502a

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    8bitdo makes very nicely built retro style controllers that support USB, Bluetooth, Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Switch.

    http://www.8bitdo.com/
     

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