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06 June 2011 @ 06:43 am
Well that's awesome  
So far this morning the most exciting video game news isn't actually out of E3. Asus has just released an update to add native support for game controllers to the Eee Pad Transformer. And it supports both XBox 360 _and_ PS3 controllers!

This isn't a big deal in terms of most apps since they were designed for use with regular phones or tablets, but this is huge for emulation. The only downside to using NESoid and SNESoid on my phone is that the controls suck. Having a portable system that i could play emulated games on using a real controller is rather attractive. On the downside if i remember correctly the USB ports for the Transformer are part of the keyboard attachment, so it sounds like you can't use the controllers without also plugging in the keyboard, which detracts from the portability and convenience slightly. But i'm not seriously considering getting a tablet until Android Ice Cream comes out, so perhaps by then Asus will have released a Transformer 2 that fixes that problem?

On a side note, Sony and Nintendo really need to work on supporting their controllers for PC gaming. Sony's controller already uses a USB connection but there's no first party driver support for it. I managed to get mine working with a little work using third party drivers but it took some work. The Wii controllers don't even use a USB port. Maybe that's something they'll fix with the Cafe? There's no obvious direct benefit to them from encouraging this (at least i expect the profit they would make on selling extra controllers would be pretty minor) but i think it has a big impact on the mindset of gamers. All the indie PC games i've tried recently that have controller support assume that you're using an XBox controller, because a lot of PC gamers also own consoles and that's the only console controller that works easily with PCs. And if you spend hours playing games on a PC using the XBox controller i've got to think that's going to ingrain certain habits and impressions in your mind.
jon_leonardjon_leonard on June 6th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
The Wii controllers are just Bluetooth, why would you want them to shift to USB? Or do you mean the Wiimote to extension plug?
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 6th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
Because a lot of PCs, including mine, don't have Bluetooth?
jon_leonardjon_leonard on June 6th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, ok. I dealt with a similar problem by getting a USB Bluetooth adapter (not even all that expensive). For the main Wii use, the lack of wires is useful; as a PC controller, probably not so much (though it would still interfere with accelerometer stuff some).
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 6th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
Well i'm not particularly concerned about the Wii controller itself at this point, i'd just like Nintendo to fix it for the new Cafe controller. They probably won't since it's Nintendo, but it would be nice.