Advice on Gamepad Controllers for Kodu
I've experimented with several types of gamepad controllers for use with Kodu. From
worst to best:
- No-name controllers purchased on eBay for around $11-$16. These
were utter garbage. I bought 10 of them and half failed within a
week. Also, some controllers don't completely match the Microsoft
design; I've seen them with non-standard button labels (e.g., 1-2-3-4
instead of A-B-X-Y), or with a second set of shoulder buttons instead
of triggers. Some require you to install a non-Microsoft device
driver. Avoid all of these.
- GameStop's house brand controllers. These retail for $25 and
work acceptably. The only issue I've noticed is that the joysticks
are not as good as on the Microsoft controllers, making it a little
more difficult to navigate Kodu's petal menus.
- RockCandy controllers. These have colorful plastic bodies (red,
blue, green, purple) and are also sold by GameStop for $25. They seem
about as good as the GameStop controllers.
- Microsoft XBox 360 wired controllers. These list for $39.95 but
retail for just under $28 at places like Walmart or Amazon. GameStop
charges $35. These are the best controllers I've found so far. The
joystick action makes Kodu menu navigation easier.
USB Adapter Cable
The Microsoft XBox 360 controllers come with a short little USB
adapter cable that is required to use the controller with a PC. These
adapters can easily detach, so it's a good idea to tie them to the
main cable with a twist-tie so they don't get lost.
If the Controller Stops Working
If you drop a controller, the adapter may separate slightly from the
main cable, breaking the connection without fully detaching. (And it
won't detach if you have a twist-tie on it.) It will appear that the
controller has stopped working. Check that the adapter cable is
firmly plugged in before concluding that the controller is broken;
it's probably fine.
Last modified: Mon Jul 18 13:41:41 EDT 2016