The PlayStation Controller Fever

Some of them may be a bit filthy right now, but they are the beginning of a collection to satisfy my current obsession.

Controllers

So I have to hand it to Sony. They have developed and matured one hell of a games controller. It is my favourite line of controllers developed to date. I have used one of the latest iterations of the design, an original DualShock 4, for almost a year now and I have loved it. But after digging up an old DualShock 2, I thought that it might be interesting to use it for modern gaming and see how well it has aged. I did so, and then an obsession came…

The first thing I should explain is that I use all these on my PC rather than a PlayStation. I personally dislike console gaming, but find that a controller is optimal for some situations compared to a keyboard and mouse. So far, using the DualShock 4 has been a breeze. Using a software called DS4Windows, I simply pair the controller with my PC via Bluetooth. However, things can be trickier with the older SIXAXIS/DualShock 3 controllers without a USB cable, and all the previous wired controllers.

Actually connecting all pre-PlayStation 3 controllers is straight forward. You just need an adapter like the one below (which is similar to my one that I bought off eBay for £1.48 + free economy postage).

Adapter

However, since Windows registers these controllers as a DirectInput (a legacy API that has barely been modified since DirectX 8 from 2001/2002) device, most modern games do not seemlessly support them. Modern PC gaming with controllers is built around XInput devices such as the XBOX 360 controller. So, to get these older controllers working, I use TocaEdit’s Xbox 360 Controller Emulator (link) to make them appear as XInput devices. So far, it has worked well for Battlefield 4. Other games I have not tried yet, since I’ve had little time for gaming right now (which is why I have not posted anything on this blog recently).

Now, for SIXAXIS or DualShock 3 controllers. Since my current SIXAXIS is in bad shape, I have a replacement on the way. Also, I have barely used that controller on my PC, so I can only detail the approach I’ll be taking. My plan is to use the ScpToolkit (link) by Nefarius to install a custom driver on Windows for an external Bluetooth adapter I have coming for dedicated use with SixAxis and DualShock 3 controllers.

The fleet
I currently have the six pictured controllers. I have a three more on the way right now, and I have more to get in the future before I have one of each EU-marketted controllers released by Sony.

  1. SCPH-1080: PlayStation Controller – pictured top-left
  2. SCPH-1180: PlayStation Dual Analog Controller – awaiting arrival
  3. SCPH-1200: PlayStation DualShock Controller – pictured bottom-left
  4. SCPH-110: PSone DualShock Controller – pictured top-middle
  5. SCPH-10010: PlayStation 2 DualShock 2 Controller – pictured bottom-middle, needs to be replaced with one in better condition next month
  6. CECHZC1: PlayStation 3 SIXAXIS Controller – pictured top-right, awaiting arrival of one in better condition
  7. CECHZC2: PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 Controller – awaiting arrival
  8. CUH-ZCT1: PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Controller – pictured bottom-right
  9. CUH-ZCT2: PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 V2 Controller – to be bought next month

It’s fun to get obsessed with collecting things…

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Library, Rain & ul/li menus

Wow. It is really wet today.

I love the rain, yet even I resorted to running into the library for cover today. Inside the PC lab area, the rain is giving its full force unto the windows. Have a look:

 

Note: it was louder in person.

It is actually being a rather nice distraction here as I have woes with redesigning the menu bar for my upcoming Star Trek-themed fan site. Although there was nothing wrong with the menu before, I am currently rebuilding it on an offline test page using lists instead of modified anchors. There are pros and cons to this approach of course, with the main pro being it will naturally suit a multi-level list in the rather likely event I implement one in the future.

Here’s an interesting read on the subject:
https://css-tricks.com/navigation-in-lists-to-be-or-not-to-be/

The current issue is not being able to get the <ul> to float right. Observe the links being rendered over the logo that is floating left:
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Whether you are for or against these lists, please note that currently I am only exploring my options.