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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I would like to know if there are some good wireless gaming controllers for playing the legacy games on my HTPC, mostly the older games from PSX, NES, SNES, N64 and a few others.

Any help would be appreciated.
post #2 of 17
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Originally Posted by AVTechMan View Post

I would like to know if there are some good wireless gaming controllers for playing the legacy games on my HTPC, mostly the older games from PSX, NES, SNES, N64 and a few others.

Any help would be appreciated.

I use a wireless 360 controller. It is plug and play on Win 7 and a lot of PC games are setup out of the box to use the 360 controller. It is a bit expensive if you don't already have one though.
post #3 of 17
The 360 controller is best controller for regular PC games but since it has the worst dpad in the world its terrible for emulators. Also I think the only way to get it wireless is to buy a wireless adapter on ebay which has become more expensive than the controller itself since they were only sold for a shortwhile.
post #4 of 17
I did the dpad mod on my xbox360 controller and it works slightly better for emulators than stock.
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-...ntrol-pad-mor/
post #5 of 17
The newer Wii classic controller plus a pc adapter works great for me. Nothing beats a Nintendo dpad. And you can infact use them wirelessly as well with the following adapter...

http://www.play-asia.com/Wireless_Wi...n-70-4fs0.html
post #6 of 17
I use a PS3 Dual Shock 3 controller (via Bluetooth) as the form factor is what I'm comfortable with.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by idividebyzero View Post

The 360 controller is best controller for regular PC games but since it has the worst dpad in the world its terrible for emulators. Also I think the only way to get it wireless is to buy a wireless adapter on ebay which has become more expensive than the controller itself since they were only sold for a shortwhile.

The silver special edition controller with the adjustable d-pad still isn't the best but it is much improved over the stock controller. YMMV.
post #8 of 17
I have had good luck with retrolink's products...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SNES-SUPER-N...#ht_1420wt_905

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Retrolink-US...ht_2311wt_1270

Edit: Not wireless though...
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Appreciate the responses. I have also read that I could use my own PS3 controller too by using a software called MotioninJoy to install the proper driver. I have a wired USB cord to try it with but will have to get a BT dongle to do it wirelessly. Since my PS3 has been idle for quite sometime, what better chance to put it to use for PC emulation.
post #10 of 17
I'm not very familiar with PC emulators using PS3 controllers, but I do use 360 controllers on a regular basis; I think they work great!
post #11 of 17
just to chime in as well...

nothing i've tried is as good as the xbox 360 (wireless in my case)

most emulators even have presets for the controller

so far i've found no fault with my usage
post #12 of 17
I just use a $7 PS2->USB adapter I got many years ago for all my PC video games. Unless wireless is a must for you, this is the way to go as PS2 controllers can be found very cheaply, they work great and last forever.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by lokar View Post

I just use a $7 PS2->USB adapter I got many years ago for all my PC video games. Unless wireless is a must for you, this is the way to go as PS2 controllers can be found very cheaply, they work great and last forever.

Not necessarily a must for wireless but ideal so as to reduce wires running across the floor as much as possible.

I got the PS3 controller working with MotioninJoy using the USB connection (analog sticks too) and is working great on my laptop as tested earlier this morning. Just now have to replicate it on the HTPC.
post #14 of 17
By the way, I purchased a knockoff 360 Wireless PC adapter from ebay for around $15 and it works great! Even better than the official one from Microsoft which died within 6 months.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by lokar View Post

I just use a $7 PS2->USB adapter I got many years ago for all my PC video games. Unless wireless is a must for you, this is the way to go as PS2 controllers can be found very cheaply, they work great and last forever.

For us cords are a tripping hazard. We've broken an original PSX and almost broke a PS2 that way.

@AVTechMan
Beware, MotionInJoy might be picky when it comes to what Bluetooth adapters it wants to support. I went through 3 dongles before I found one that worked (ironically, it was a cheapie $1 from Amazon Marketplace).
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ilovejedd View Post

For us cords are a tripping hazard. We've broken an original PSX and almost broke a PS2 that way.

@AVTechMan
Beware, MotionInJoy might be picky when it comes to what Bluetooth adapters it wants to support. I went through 3 dongles before I found one that worked (ironically, it was a cheapie $1 from Amazon Marketplace).

Do you remember which $1 cheapie dongle that it was? Funny how the expensive dongles don't seem to work..lol.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by AVTechMan View Post

Do you remember which $1 cheapie dongle that it was? Funny how the expensive dongles don't seem to work..lol.

It's this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EBE1LI/

Unfortunately, it's no longer for sale with the seller I bought it from and I have no idea if what the other sellers are selling is the exact same model as the one I have.

For what it's worth, it appears MotionInJoy now has a dongle they recommend. Granted it costs $10, but at least you know for sure it'll work.
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