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Wireless game controllers?

Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:53 pm

Hi all,

This is my first post. I've been running XBMC of my Pi for several months now and it works brilliantly. Now I would like another Pi specifically for retro gaming.

I've got myself a price list of all the things I need and where to get them but the one thing I haven't been able to source is a good wireless gamepad. Wireless is important as the Pi will be stored in a cupboard with all my other media devices.

Are there any decent ones out there that work on the Pi? The retro'er the better! Will any standard windows wireless controller work or can anyone give me some sort of guidance? I've had a good look around the forums but still no joy sourcing a controller.


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Re: Wireless game controllers?

Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:26 am

Welcome to the Forum! A PS3 (Bluetooth) or Xbox 360 (wireless) pad should work with the appropriate device detector and drivers installed. Search results that should help below -

PS3 Pad - ... ywords=Ps3

Xbox360 Pad - ... ds=xbox360

"Will any standard windows wireless controller work"
That all depends if drivers are available! (remember, this is Linux NOT Windows!)

Hope that helps!
"The list of things I have heard now contains everything!"

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Re: Wireless game controllers?

Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:30 am

No! the best one I have found is this: ... h=Products From This Range
I'm happy to help. - List of games that work on the Pi.

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Re: Wireless game controllers?

Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:47 pm

I just bought that one for only £13, not got it though the post yet but well worth the money by the look of it. ... 1497.l2649

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Re: Wireless game controllers?

Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:59 pm

Thanks guys,

From my research it seems that getting PS3 controllers working over bluetooth is a whole heap of hassle which I would be willing to do without by buying an alternative controller.

That ultra mini keypad looks like an interesting piece of kit but not sure how good it will be for retro gaming? Perhaps I'll look further in to the PS3 controller as I already have 3 of them. I'll need a suitable dongle and perhaps a lot of patience!

Anyone using the PS3 controller on Emulation Station at all?


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Re: Wireless game controllers?

Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:14 am

additional (related) question. Is it possible using the Pi and a wireless PS3 - or - Xbox controller to control a Jamma (Arcade) board? and not use the standard arcade buttons to control Jamma?

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