How To – Control Your Computer with an Xbox Controller


Today I’m going to walk you through setting up an xbox controller to work on your computer and control the mouse / keyboard.

First your going to need an Xbox Controller that works on Windows.  If you already have an Xbox controller you can just pick up one of these receivers. (Both links to Amazon, you can  find on  eBay cheaper).

Next you’ll need to install the drivers for the controller. You can find them on Microsoft’s website here.

Now you should be able to connect your controller to the computer and play any games using it. However you can’t use it to control the mouse yet. What we will need to do next is download JoyToKey from here. I went with the latest Beta version however you can also download the stable (v 4.6 at time of writing).

The second last step is to download my config and shortcut to the on-screen keyboard put the configuration in the folders shown and run JoyToKey.

The last step is to enjoy being lazy! 😉

E3 – Xbox Game Trailers

So since E3 started on Sunday videos are finally online of some of the games we have to look forward to this year.

Starting with Halo Reach. I’ve already done a post on this so not much need’s to be said.. I felt complete sadness when the beta was ripped away from me!

 

Next, Medal of Honor. Looking forward to this one myself I have to say! This one is the multiplayer trailer.

 

And this one is the campaign trailer.

 

A surprising one for most of us I think as this had been well kept in the dark, a new Metal Gear Solid “Rising” . Looks the business, as we’ve come to expect from the Metal Gear Solid series! 😉

 

The much discussed Black Ops revealed a new trailer at E3 as well. I actually will not be buying this if they don’t sort out the JTAGer’s on Xbox. The leader boards in Modern Warfare 2 just being completely hacked and ALL THE GLITCHES has really turned me off COD. Get dedicated servers Infinity Ward! God knows you can afford them!

 

Keeping favourites for last, Fable III. I honestly cannot wait for this game to come out in September. It’s one of those games you just can’t put down until your complete.

New Xbox 360 – Xbox 360 Slim

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Update 14-06-10: This new Xbox Slim has just been unveiled at E3 and is therefore confirmed. What a shame! 😐

Also on my little rant of Red ring with a slimmer Xbox they have apparently reworked the cooling system [or so they say]. Only time will tell! 😉

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So rumours have been circulating Twitter and the major game sites for a good couple of hours now about a new Xbox to be launched over E3 this week. Leaked pictures show that Microsoft have dropped the smooth design of the Xbox and gone back to sharp edges. Some love it, I personally dislike it. As has been said before it’s a very “PC Case Mod” design.

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Advertisements show a 250GB storage capacity, which is already available on the current model of the Xbox. We all know that this will be for the “Elite” model so really, why bother?

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The only feature to really raise an eyebrow to is the built in Wi-Fi. This will be a godsend for most users, leaving behind that expensive clumsy [and often hard to set up] Wi-Fi adapter.

Original sources say that this rumoured Xbox will be called The “Xbox 360 Slim”. Obviously just doing what Sony did and releasing a “Slim” version of the Xbox. However from views it really doesn’t look that much slimmer than the current Xbox 360. Of course one has to raise the question of “Red Ring” with this new Xbox, if it is a slimmer version, surely the chance’s of that hated “Red Ring of Death” increase. Microsoft didn’t do well last time around slimming down the Xbox and had serious problems with heat management, slimming down the 360 again has to lead to more frequent cases of Red Ring.

Of course in the current climate we’d be expecting that Microsoft have done this to cut production costs and perhaps hopefully lower the cost for us. More rumours speculate this new Xbox will cost around the same as the current Elite Xbox. [€250] <-Confirmed

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In terms of power and specs, this Xbox slim isn’t going to change anything apparently and even though it “supports Kinect [Project Natal]” it doesn’t seem to be incorporated into this new Xbox. This seems odd of Microsoft to have done as I think most of us believed the next console release would have “Kinect” built in.

On the subject of Kinect[Connect?] a few games have been announced:

  • Kinectimals lets you train and play with 20 different virtual cats, including a lion, cheetah and tiger.
  • Joyride, a racing game, lets players use their hands to hold an imaginary steering wheel — pull your hands toward you and push back out for an acceleration boost — and their bodies to execute jumps and tricks.
  • Kinect Sports has six activities including boxing, bowling, beach volleyball, track and field, soccer and table tennis. To serve a volleyball, you mimic the real motion; in soccer, you can kick the ball or do a header.
  • Kinect Adventures includes a river-raft time trial and obstacle course, playable by up to four players. On the raft, playing as a duo, you and a partner must lean one way or another to steer. Jumping helps the raft reach special areas for extra points.
  • Dance Central, in development by MTV Games, brings a So You Think You Can Dance experience home.
  • Star Wars characters and iconic Disney favourites will be featured in separate new games being developed at Microsoft in conjunction with Lucas Arts and Disney.

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Personally I’ll be sticking with this model! 😉

Assassins Creed II – New DRM

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Ubisoft have now dropped Starforce DRM and are trying out an “always-connected” piracy plan.

In a nutshell, the publisher’s new anti-piracy measures aim to disarm DRM’s more troubling aspects, removing install limits altogether and allowing you to play without a disc in the tray. Also of note: cloud saves. For the uninitiated, this means that your game saves can be stored remotely on Ubisoft’s servers, which – while a fairly prominent feature these days – is still 12 different flavors of cool.

Cloud saves seems like a great idea, earlier in the year when Assassins Creed 2 first came out I was a victim of their “corrupt save” bug, where the Xbox froze up during a save process and destroyed my entire game making me start all over again! Hopefully cloud saves would be a way around that bug, perhaps a backup feature on Ubisoft’s servers?

However here is the kicker;

See, there’s one major string attached, and if you disconnect that string, then you can kiss your gaming time goodbye. It’s the Internet, and you’ll be required to connect to it in order for Ubisoft to authenticate your game. Despite the restrictive nature of that limitation, however, the publisher doesn’t seem too worried.

"We think most people are going to be fine with it. Most people are always connected to an Internet connection," said Brent Wilkinson, Director, Customer Service and Production Planning at Ubisoft.

 

See were the frustration is going to begin? If your internet cable goes down for whatever reason for even a minute, your Xbox screen will dim black and you will be locked out of your game. My question would be will this happen if the “Xbox Live” servers go down, which happens every few months.. Servers are reset, connections get lost, can we really rely on always on connectivity? For as “Murphy’s Law” states; If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong!

So if your going to be downloading the new DRM for Assassins Creed, make sure you are on an “Always On” connection.

 

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Darwina+ coming to Xbox

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Over thousands of generations the peaceful Darwinians have been evolving in a beautiful digital world, but now their whole way of life is under threat from a devastating computer virus that has infected their world and decimated their numbers. Without your protection they don’t stand a chance and it’s up to you to lead them into battle to recapture their lost world! Once you’ve proven your command ability, take your Darwinian army online and challenge your friends to strategic combat, as tribes of Darwinians slaughter one another in a desperate struggle for supremecy.

Darwina+ is made by Introversion Software and it will be released to the Xbox Live Marketplace on Wednesday 10th February 2010 for 1200 points. [€13.96 / $14.99]

Personally I can’t wait for this to come out, Introversion are a great company in my opinion, they’ve made such greats as Uplink and Defcon.

So February 10th have your points bought, get Darwina+ and help support Introversion software!