As my ageing PC gaming pad has finally crapped out on me, I’ve been on the look out for a replacement this week. In an attempt to de-clutter some of the peripheral wiring behind my desk, I thought I’d go with one that’s either wireless or Bluetooth.
I returned from the stores empty handed though. It’s not that they didn’t any in stock it’s just that I didn’t realise how expensive they would be! Most were in the plus £40 bracket being dual purpose with either the xbox or PS3.
To the Internet and eBay it is then and I’ve found all manner of weird and wonderful (cheaper) controller that would suit my needs.
Check out this classic Famicom styled gamepad.
..and the less said about this, the better…eek!
During my searches, I came various forum posts from folks stating that they’ve had marginal success pairing their Ouya controllers to their PC’s. Having a Ouya myself, I thought I’d give it a go this afternoon.
Despite my Acer 1825ptz netbook being advertised as having on board Bluetooth as well as a specific function button to activate it (woo!), it appears not to be the the case. However, no matter Curstie has an old Bluetooth keyboard she no longer uses so I’ve nicked the rather dinky USB Bluetooth dongle to see if it would work.
Who needs you anyway F3!
The Bluetooth adaptor was auto detected and installed without needing any third party drivers. My Acer is running Windows 7 – 64bit but I have no idea what brand the adaptor is.
I held down the system button on my Ouya pad and wasn’t expecting Windows to detect it but sure enough there it was and appears to be fully functional. Interestingly the controllers touch pad works too including single and double tapping – useful for HTPC owners?
I’ve tested with a PC game and by default the left analogue stick on the controller is active rather than the D-Pad. That’s o.k for certain games but but for older systems running under emulation, I’d much prefer to use the D-Pad instead.
For these instances I’ll use JoytoKey and the beauty of this application is that you can create multiple control profiles to suit individuals games and systems. So for example, I can configure digital controls for emulators like Stella and Vice and have analogue profiles for PC games and certain MAME games.
The D-Pad appears as buttons 9 thru 12, which I’ve remapped in this profile to use the cursor keys.
Just recently I’ve been enjoying a spot of web browser classic gaming thanks to JSMESS and the Living Room Console hosted at Archive.org – https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom The systems available here all use different keyboard controls and therefore utilising JoytoKey again, I’ve been able to create separate controller profiles for each of them.
Atari 7800 DK, still a cracking game.
O.K, so the Ouya controller isn’t exactly the greatest controller out there, but in the end it’s saved me a few quid having to buy another controller and well worth giving it a go if you happen to have one. A good job really, I was beginning to take a shine to that lime green monstrosity 🙂