Wireless gamepad?

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  1. posnera macrumors regular

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    No idea, I actually purchased the Steam Controller. One thing I have noticed is that most games seem to have setup options for the Xbox 360 controller, so maybe that is a better option.
     
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    The XB360 game pad is a good option, I use that for long time already. But you will need to install the driver for it. Otherwise the system won't recognise it, and you can't shut down the controller. However, you will need the MS receiver, which cost you extra money, and consume a USB port.
     
  5. wubsylol macrumors 6502

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    How do you find the Steam Controller? I am really keen to drop the $90AUD or so to get one off Amazon (since Valve don't ship to Aus yet), but I keep watching video reviews of it on Youtube and lose my nerve.
     
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    I quite like it, but it does take a bit of getting used. That said the last time I used a game controller was on a PS2 more than 10 years ago.

    One thing about the Steam Controller is you can really get in there and customise all the buttons and pads to your liking. I spent the most time getting the touch pad set up. I've been playing Just Cause 2 using it and it's hard to imagine going back to just a keyboard and mouse.

    Recently I've started playing with the inbuilt Gyroscope turned on to control camera movement, it's surprisingly accurate.

    One tip, should you buy one, turn off the haptic feedback. It's just too noisy for my liking.
     
  7. wubsylol macrumors 6502

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    I assume that games which support the X-Box 360 controller natively don't require any fancy configuration?
     
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    Every so often you may run across a game that doesn't work out of the box with the 360 controller. In my case, it was Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I had to use a third party driver to get it working.
     
  9. Renzatic, Apr 3, 2016
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    I like my Steam Controller quite a bit. To me, it's the perfect happy medium between the comfort of a controller, with the precision of a mouse.

    Though it does have a few caveats you'll need to keep in mind before trying it out.

    For one, there is a learning curve you will have to get over before you get comfortable with it, and it is pretty steep. When you first try it out, you'll want to use the right pad as an analog stick, which'll make you think it sucks, because movement will immediately feel way too stiff and limited. Then, you'll try it out like a mouse, where your thumb tracks movement 1:1. That'll feel way to loose and uncontrollable. It's about this point that people really start hating it.

    What you do is think of it as a trackball. You don't drag it like a mouse, or press it like an analog stick, you "spin" it by flicking your thumb, and you're not bound from moving from the center outwards, you can drag from edge to edge to get the most arc. Once that clicks in your head, you'll start to like it. After a week or two, it'll begin feeling like second nature.

    For two: the layout is weird, and because muscle memory is a *****, you'll inevitably run into situations where you aim your thumb for one button, but hit another one because you're not used to having everything shifted so far down and to the left.

    For three: it's a pretty fat controller.

    It's a great controller with a few great ideas, but it's so different you won't just pick it up and start playing with it. Just like when you first used analog sticks or a mouse, you'll have to learn it to get the most out of it.

    edit: here's a video of me playing Dishonored with it. I was still getting used to it at the time, but you can see movement is much more quick, natural and mouse-like compared to a traditional gamepad.

     
  10. wubsylol macrumors 6502

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    Cool, thanks! I might just have to bite the bullet and get one. You're obviously using yours on Windows in the video, but what is Mac compatibility for it like?
     
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    That I can't tell you, since I'm here for my iOS stuff, and don't have a Mac. But I'd imagine it'll be about the same as it is in Windows, since both are wired through the Steam client.

    Even if you're playing a game that doesn't have direct gamepad support, the amount of customization the thing gives you is absolutely ridiculous. I fired up a user made profile for Torchlight II that made the game directly controllable, rather than point-n-click, with just a few tweaks of the deeper buried control settings the gamepad gives you.
     

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