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Suitability of controlblock?



  • Hi,

    I have a raspberry pi 3 with the latest version of retropie installed. I have my 2 x 8bitdo controllers and 1 USB Mega Drive controller attached.

    I built a bartop arcade machine many years ago using sanwa buttons and joysticks connected to an Ipac2 (pre 2015 version) and a PC.

    I don't really have room for the bartop so I want to repurpose my buttons and joysticks into a housing which o can use to control games on the pi. However, the last time I tried this (admittedly a few years ago) all I encountered was problems.

    I'm looking to have a 2 player, 1 joystick per player, 6 control buttons per player (in "street fighter 2 layout") and 1 start and 1 coin per player.

    Is the ipac2 suitable for this, or should I get a post 2015 version - or would a controlblock be better? I'm thinking the controlblock as its custom designed for the pi?

    If so, are there any good tutorials on how to get this up and running?

    Thanks,
    Stewart


  • Global Moderator

    The ControlBlock is designed for exactly your use case: connecting arcade controls (also for two players) and make it seamless work with the RPi. In addition, the ControlBlock also provides a power switch function. One major difference to the Ipac is, that the ControlBlock simulated gamepad device and not a keyboard as the Ipac does. The gamepad solution does not have any limitation regarding the maximum number of simultaneously pressed buttons.

    You can find getting started information, e.g., here.



  • @petrockblog Thanks!
    Stewart


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