Found 25th Apr 2007
I'm looking to get hold of 2 gamepads for the PC. I'm guessing these are pretty much all USB connections. One I have had recommened is Logitech Rumble Pad 2 which seems to be around £20. logitech.com/ind…674
There's also a wireless version
logitech.com/ind…069

Anyone used either of these?

Primary use for the joypad will be with emulators, specifically to play some of my psx games on my PC as my ps2 has packed up.

Cheapest wired version I've found is for £17.27 at Pyramid or possibly cheaper via ebay.

The other option would be, possibly, an adapter for either xbox or ps2 gamepad. I haven't had a chance to see what my options are here but I'd imagine it would be a much cheaper option and give me a bit more flexibility. I have Xbox, ps2, ps1, gamecube, n64 controllers availble to me, so perhaps even a universal adapter, if there's such a thing.

Any recommendations for 2 x gamepads, good quality and reasonably priced for primary use with psx emulation on the pc. Wired is fine vs wireless as they are generally cheaper, aslong as it isn't like a 10cm cable

Edit: Researching more i'm really liking the the Logitech RumblePad 2, here's some reviews if anyone else is interested pricegrabber.com/rat…rd=

eBuyer's via google checkout works out £18.66 each after discount, VAT and shipping. Can be had cheaper via ebay, only slightly mind you.

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I use a wired Xbox 360 controller. Works very well with emulators but rather than using Microsoft's drivers I use the XBCD drivers which are much improved.

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Kellogg

I use a wired Xbox 360 controller. Works very well with emulators but … I use a wired Xbox 360 controller. Works very well with emulators but rather than using Microsoft's drivers I use the XBCD drivers which are much improved.



How did you go about converting the cable end? Manual replacement or purchased an adapter? Or is it wireless with usb wireless adapter?

antispam246

How did you go about converting the cable end? Manual replacement or … How did you go about converting the cable end? Manual replacement or purchased an adapter? Or is it wireless with usb wireless adapter?



Just plugs straight into the USB 2.0 port on my PC and with the XBCD drivers installed it recognizes it just as if it were plugged into the 360.

For reference here's the webpage for the XBCD drivers.

xbcd360guide.50webs.com/

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Ohhhh Xbox 360. Don't have one of those yet. Thanks for the link though it will be handy eventually (:

You can get converters for any console. I bought a dual Playstation 2 pad adapter (i.e. can plug in two control pads) for £3 delivered off eBay. The vibration and everything works perfectly.

I have 2 PS2 pads which connect through an adaptor bought at Play. Uses 1 usb connection. They work really well.

antispam246

Ohhhh Xbox 360. Don't have one of those yet. Thanks for the link though … Ohhhh Xbox 360. Don't have one of those yet. Thanks for the link though it will be handy eventually (:



I think the point was that the Xbox 360 pad is one of (if not the best) game pad out there for PC use. The Wired version is available for £15-£20 new or £10-£15 second hand

Unless you actually like the Playstation style pads you'd be better off with a 360 pad.

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Thanks everyone. I'm still looking. The one thing that's turning me back towards the PC gamepads is the programmable buttons, this opens up a few extra features that I wouldn't mind. I guess this is the only limitation of a converted console pad, UNLESS, there is software allowing you to do this, but then that could mean sacrificing buttons. I have a few in mind and i'll keep digging, thanks again all.

What sort of prices did you all pay for your console controller adapters?

Harder to get these days due to them no longer being made but in my opinion the original Microsoft Sidewinder pad (USB version) is still the daddy for games.........old school plain black with six main buttons NOT the guff new transparent green one with four buttons.

I got a ps2 joypad adaptor from ebay for 5 quid delivered.

have been playing pro evo and virtua tennis 3 all week with it and it really is brilliant. if you do a search on ebay for them tonnes come up. I got the 2 player blue see through one and as a bonus it works a treat with vista.

if you like the ps2 pads then thoroughly wothwhile getting one for a few quid.

Ive got an old gamepad for the PC you can have for free if you want, just pay the postage.

Cheers

Daniel

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daniel_r

Ive got an old gamepad for the PC you can have for free if you want, just … Ive got an old gamepad for the PC you can have for free if you want, just pay the postage.CheersDaniel



That's very generous of you, just out of interest what gamepad is it? I'll most likely purchase an adapter for ps2 pad and one of the logitech pads, as I need 2 and that will give me a good contrast.

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There's a PSP emulator think somewhere in which you can use your PSP as the PC's gamepad through the USB connection, but being as long as the cable is i dont think it's all that useful.. Just a thought :roll:

antispam246

That's very generous of you, just out of interest what gamepad is it? … That's very generous of you, just out of interest what gamepad is it? I'll most likely purchase an adapter for ps2 pad and one of the logitech pads, as I need 2 and that will give me a good contrast.



Its just a generic 8 button one, its been sitting in a draw for a couple of years lol... never use it
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