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Turn your Xbox One controller into a throttle-and-stick setup with these 3D-printed parts

Microsoft Flight Simulator has got a lot of people hankering to take to the virtual skies. But for many the experience isn’t complete without a flight stick of some sort. With lots of these now sold out that can be tough. But here’s a solution: 3D-printed parts that snap onto an Xbox One controller for a DIY conversion into a hands on throttle-and-stick or HOTAS. This amazing little mod is the work of Akaki Kuumeri, a 3D printing tinkerer who maintains a YouTube channel showing off some of his creations. Kuumeri has made a video for this mod, too, and it’s well worth a watch, just for the groanworthy selection of puns alone. The mod takes just $10 and “an afternoon of your time” to make If you want to made the mod yourself, Kuumeri has uploaded the plans to Thingiverse to download for free. You’ll need to have access to a 3D printer, of course, but Kuumeri estimates it’ll cost no more than $10 and “an afternoon of your time” to print and assemble the various parts. Everything just snaps together, and there’s even the option to fit elastic bands inside the linkages to adjust the spring force on the stick and throttle. Some caveats: responding to questions on Reddit, Kuumeri notes that the parts don’t work with the Xbox 360 controller or PS4 controller (though he says he may work on the latter if there’s enough interest). By his own account, though, the whole setup works surprisingly smoothly.…Continue readingTurn your Xbox One controller into a throttle-and-stick setup with these 3D-printed parts

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Tech Radar

Here’s how to pre-order an extra Xbox Series X controller

Xbox Series X pre-orders are now live, allowing Xbox fans to ensure they’ve lined up their next-gen console ahead of its release on November 10. But it’s worth noting that the standard Xbox Series X (and Xbox Series S) only comes with one Xbox Wireless Controller bundled in.  If you’re someone who enjoys a bit of couch co-op with your friends, then you’re going to want to pre-order an extra controller to ensure that you and your friends can team up from launch day. It’s true that the Xbox One controller will work on the Xbox Series X/S, but the new Xbox Series X controller (or Xbox Wireless controller) boasts lower latency, better connectivity, a new D-pad and a dedicated share button. What’s more, it’s compatible with Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, iOS, and Android. In addition, an emphasis on accessibility means the controller features a “more-inclusive, ergonomic design” as well as a textured grip on the bumpers, triggers, and back. The Xbox Wireless controller costs £54.99 / $59.99. Considering that’s the same RRP as a current Xbox One controller – but with better performance – we think that’s pretty good value. The icing on the cake is that you get a choice of colors: black, blue, or white. Check it out below: UK Xbox Wireless Controller | Available in Black, Blue or White | £54.99 at MicrosoftYou can pre-order the Xbox Wireless controller from the Microsoft Store for £54.99. The controllers come in Carbon Black, Shock…Continue readingHere’s how to pre-order an extra Xbox Series X controller

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VentureBeat

Razer Kishi controller brings console precision to iPhone games

Razer is launching the Kishi Universal Gaming Controller for the iPhone. Finally, I’ve got something that gives me an unfair advantage in a Call of Duty game. It’s a stretchable accessory that can fit most new iPhones, adding game controller analog sticks and buttons to your mobile gaming experience. It connects via the Lightning connector and wraps around the edges of the iPhone. I used it to play Call of Duty: Mobile. I came in first in two of my first three matches, and in my third match I had 26 kills and one death. It works with Fortnite as well, if you can still play it on your iPhone (some players can do so despite litigation between Epic and Apple, particularly those who don’t have to update the game). And admittedly, maybe there were some bots in my Call of Duty: Mobile battles, but I still did better than usual. Fortnite in particular is a cross-play game, where mobile players can go up against console and PC players. Usually when that happens, the mobile players get slaughtered because touchscreen controls aren’t as good as a mouse-and-keyboard or gamepad. The Kishi goes a long way toward leveling the playing field. The Razer Kishi for Android launched earlier this year, and Jeff Grubb played with it. Above: The Razer Kishi costs $100. The Kishi has clickable analog thumbsticks, a bunch of face and multi-function buttons, and an 8-way D-pad. The Kishi works with iPhone 6 Plus and newer devices. The Razer…Continue readingRazer Kishi controller brings console precision to iPhone games

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Engadget

Arturia’s KeyStep 37 is a $199 MIDI controller with scale and strum modes

A lot of people love the original KeyStep for its capable but easy-to-use sequencer. Arturia’s latest controller takes a don’t fix it if it ain’t broke approach to that aspect of the KeyStep’s design. Like its sibling, the KeyStep 37 is a 64-step sequencer with eight-note polyphony per step. It gives you eight slots to program custom patterns. It also comes with a scale mode, allowing you to choose from five different scales, including one of which you can define, to keep you playing in key. What you won’t find on the KeyStep 37 is a drum sequencer — that’s something you need to upgrade to the more expensive KeyStep Pro to get. There’s also no metronome, and you’re limited to a single MIDI out port. However, new to the KeyStep 37 is a strum feature that allows you to break up the notes you’re playing. The nifty thing here is you can change the direction of the strum, as well as adjust how long each strum takes. The KeyStep 37 is available to pre-order today from Arturia’s website. The company will start shipping out orders on September 15th. Source linkContinue readingArturia’s KeyStep 37 is a $199 MIDI controller with scale and strum modes

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Planet Coaster: Console Edition hands-on — Controller compatible coasters

Planet Coaster seems like the kind of game that wouldn’t work on consoles, yet here we are. Planet Coaster: Console Edition is coming out this holiday season for Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. I’ve played an in-development version of the Xbox One version. Surprisingly, it works. Planet Coaster has you building and managing your own theme parks. It requires a lot of menus, pointing, and clicking. Those kinds of interfaces can excel on PC, but they are trickier to pull off with console controllers. But Frontier Developments has created a way to still enjoy a relaxing Planet Coaster experience away from your PC. Console coasters I played my demo via Parsec, which allowed me to access Frontier’s console version remotely. This introduced a bit of input lag that shouldn’t be a problem when you’re playing on an actual console. You can watch my recorded demo above. If you see some awkwardness, part of that is me figuring out the console UI and part of it is dealing with the lag. It’s not because I’m bad, I swear. The console version does a good job of translating the PC game’s controls to a gamepad. The right stick and trigger buttons control the camera. You use the A button to select objects from your park, and you use the shoulder bumpers and D-pad to navigate menus. You can also access a radial menu with some shortcuts with the Y button. Controls change based on what you’re doing. For…Continue readingPlanet Coaster: Console Edition hands-on — Controller compatible coasters

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Engadget

‘Xbox Series S’ console revealed by controller packaging

Well before Microsoft revealed its next-gen Xbox Series X console, rumors had been bubbling of a second cheaper, possibly disc-less console code-named “Lockhart.” It looks like that device will be called the Xbox Series S, according to a controller packaging leak and report from Ars Technica. A source named Zak S managed to purchase one of the next gen controllers and the packaging indicates that it’s designed for the “Xbox Series X|S.” Sources confirmed to Ars that the Xbox Series S is indeed an upcoming, yet to be announced Microsoft product. It will join the Xbox Series X, which was announced on December 12th but doesn’t yet have a price or exact release date. If the naming convention follows what Microsoft did with the Xbox One S, the Xbox Series S will be a more affordable, less powerful console with no disc drive. Source linkContinue reading‘Xbox Series S’ console revealed by controller packaging

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Microsoft’s new Xbox Series S console confirmed in leaked controller packaging

Microsoft is rumored to be unveiling its second, cheaper next-gen Xbox console this month, and it looks like it will definitely be called Xbox Series S. The Verge has obtained photos of Microsoft’s new next-gen Xbox controller in white, complete with packaging that mentions the Xbox Series S. Twitter user Zak S was able to purchase the controller today, and we’ve confirmed it’s genuine. The new controller was sold on a resale site today, and the side of the packaging notes that the controller works with both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. Microsoft has not officially unveiled an Xbox Series S yet, nor has the company even confirmed a white Xbox Series X controller. Xbox Series S on the packaging. A mysterious white Xbox Series X controller also appeared online last month, complete with the new D-pad, textured triggers, and new share button. This new leak matches the previous controller leak, and retail packaging suggests that these could be appearing in stores soon. The Xbox Series S will likely be Microsoft’s second cheaper next-gen Xbox, that’s been codenamed Lockhart. A Microsoft document, leaked back in June, shed some further light on the company’s plans for two next-gen consoles. Microsoft’s Xbox Series X devkit, codenamed “Dante,” allows game developers to enable a special Lockhart mode that has a profile of the performance that Microsoft wants to hit with this second console. The Lockhart console is expected to include 7.5GB of usable RAM, around 4 teraflops of GPU performance,…Continue readingMicrosoft’s new Xbox Series S console confirmed in leaked controller packaging

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The Next Web

The PS4 controller will work with PS5, but not PS5 games

Well, R.I.P. the PS4 controller… kind of. Sony today revealed in an official PlayStation blog post which PS4 peripherals can still be used with the upcoming PlayStation 5. While some peripherals will carry over, the PS4 controller won’t, at least not when it comes to playing the new games. The company says, in response to the question of whether the DualShock 4 controller will work with PS5 games: “No, we believe that PS5 games should take advantage of the new capabilities and features we’re bringing to the platform, including the features of DualSense wireless controller.” Read: A eulogy for my deceased PS4 controller (2014-2020) So it seems the company is really going all-in on the DualSense controller, touting it as a major factor in gameplay. It could be a gimmick — we won’t know until we get the console in the fall. Regardless, it seems it might be time to for the DualShock 4 to enter semi-retirement. In case you’re wondering what, then, are gamers supposed to use their Dualshock 4s to do with their PS5 if not to play PS5 games, Sony’s sort of supplied that answer. According to the announcement, the Dualshock 4 and it’s third-party licensed cousins will work “with supported PS4 games.” Goodness only knows how many games that’ll be, as Sony has given a few different answers to that. PS5 system architect Mark Cerny said in a presentation on the PS5 that almost all of the PS4’s most popular games would be playable on the PS5.…Continue readingThe PS4 controller will work with PS5, but not PS5 games

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Xbox Series X controller release date, news and confirmed features

If you’re clamoring for more information about the Xbox Series X controller, you’ve come to the right place. Microsoft has revealed the new Xbox pad in all its glory, and we can’t wait to get our grubby mitts on it when it releases – alongside the Xbox Series X towards the end of 2020. So what exciting additions can we look forward to from Microsoft’s new controller? Well, it’s designed around accessibility first and foremost. With a slightly smaller overall footprint along with some quality of life improvements, the controller should feel familiar in the hand yet subtly different. Popularized by Microsoft’s many limited edition Xbox One controllers, the Series X pad will include a tactile texture on both the triggers, grips and bumpers, which have been rounded and reduced in size. The previously glossy accents of the original are also gone in favor of a matte finish that closely matches the console’s design. Microsoft has clearly cleaved pretty close to the design of the Xbox One controller, though – unlike Sony, which unveiled quite a drastic visual departure for its next-gen PS5 controller, named the DualSense (rather than the DualShock moniker of previous controller generations). While neither company can up-end the traditional button and trigger layout too much, it’s clear that players can expect a step up to match the beefed-up consoles coming later this year – even if we might not know the exact applications until testing out these controllers ourselves. For everything we know for sure about…Continue readingXbox Series X controller release date, news and confirmed features

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The Next Web

Take mobile gaming to the next level with this gaming controller on sale

TLDR: The Dragon X5 Bluetooth Gaming Controller syncs to your phone or tablet to make all your mobile gaming easier and a lot more fun.  If you grew up back in the old days — like, 2002 — you probably think of playing video games primarily on a game console or a PC. But just like everything else, gaming has gone mobile. And the shift has been radical and speedy. Data groups App Annie and IDC estimate revenue generated by mobile gaming will top $100 billion in 2020. For perspective, that number is more than triple the total sales of games for the top three home gaming consoles Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch combined. Of course, playing those games on a tiny smartphone video screen…well, that’s another story. The Dragon X5 Bluetooth Gaming Controller ($39.99, 29 percent off from TNW Deals) actually gives your fingers some room to maneuver, offering you the chance to play your mobile games with all the versatility and range of motion you usually enjoy from your console platform. The Dragon X5 closely resembles the look and feel of an old-school Playstation controller — except with a few extra tricks hidden up its sleeve. Just sync the Dragon X5 with your Android or iOS smartphone, snap your phone into the onboard grip and the controller immediately expands your range of gaming options.  Unlike trying to play your game with those moody touchscreen buttons, the Dragon X5 expands your horizons, offering a full range of…Continue readingTake mobile gaming to the next level with this gaming controller on sale