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Dualshock controllers on 4.4 with 3B+



  • I have to revise my earlier statement regarding the official Sony DS4 USB dongles I am using. After updating from binaries and rebooting, it behaves correctly now. Only two controllers are detected not 4. I am not sure if it was the update or just the reboot that fixed it.

    EDIT: See my answer below. It is not fixed. I just forgot I unplugged my second controller dongle.


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    @rsn8887 Did you update also the kernel and the OS packages ?



  • I don’t know. I selected the update option in the Retropie setup menu, then it asked me if I want to update from binary or source. I selected binary. I am not sure if that did a kernel or OS update?

    Is there a special, separate, option to update kernel and OS


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    @rsn8887 said in Dualshock controllers on 4.4 with 3B+:

    Is there a special, separate, option to update kernel and OS

    When you choose to - globally - update, there's a prompt if you Want to upgrade the underlying OS packages and the kernel. But that doesn't happen when you upgrade just one package - or the RetroPie script itself.



  • @mitu I am pretty sure I selected yes there but I don’t remember that question coming up. I did not just update one single package that is for sure.

    What do you mean by -globally update? I selected some option like “update all packages” I didn’t see a global update option in the Retropie setup menu.


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    @rsn8887 When I say global update, I'm referring to the Update option in the global script menu.

    Global update

    When you select it, the RetroPie setup script is updated first, some post-update hooks are executed, then - before the packages are updated - there is a prompt to update the OS

    OS Update

    Regardless of your choice in this setup, all installed packages are subsequently updated (from binary).



  • Yes I chose that option, I must have pressed yes to the kernel question, but don't remember doing it.



  • Nevermind I had accidentally removed the second dongle.

    So it is still completely broken both using internal Bluetooth, external BT dongle or official Sony DS4 dongle. The problem is that a single DS4 controller shows up as two controllers, and one of those detected controllers reacts only to motion controls, e.g. tilting the controller.

    And yes it is still broken both for the Sony DS4 dongle, as well as when using the regular Bluetooth pairing.

    Even worse: some emulators such as AdvanceMAME react to BOTH joy1 (tilt/motion controls) and joy2 (regular buttons etc) when trying to map controls inside the emulator, and there’s no way to turn that off that I know off.



  • any fix on this?



  • I wonder if a rule along the lines of the ones here
    https://github.com/denilsonsa/udev-joystick-blacklist

    could be used to disable the erroneous additional controllers that are linked to motion controls?

    Maybe adding a file named /etc/udev/rules.d/51-these-are-not-joysticks-rm.ruleswith the content

    SUBSYSTEM=="input", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0268", NAME=="Sony PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller Motion Sensors", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=="?*", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=""
    
    SUBSYSTEM=="input", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0268", NAME=="Sony PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller Motion Sensors", KERNEL=="js[0-9]*", RUN+="/bin/rm %E{DEVNAME}", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=""
    

    Would help for DS3, and maybe adding two similar lines for DS4, with the correct names and ids might fix this problem. I don't know the names and ids for DS4 at the moment.


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    @rsn8887 I don't think they're not erroneus, the choice was deliberate to make them like this. The onus lies in the input processing libraries - like SDL - to make use of them.



  • Maybe in some distant future SDL and all the emulators will find some approach for correct use of the motion controls. But for now, I think the best approach is just to disable them altogether. The nice thing about these rules is that they can be commented out very easily.


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    @rsn8887 I agree, it's a quick fix that's easy to implement (maybe toggled on/off).



  • EDIT: The instructions below don't work. See the latest post in this thread for the correct instructions.

    I did some reading and I think the fix involves creating a new file, named
    /etc/udev/rules.d/81-disable-DS3-and-DS4-motion-controls.rules

    with content

    #disable DS3 motion controls
    SUBSYSTEM=="input", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0268", NAME=="Sony PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller Motion Sensors", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=="?*", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=""
    
    SUBSYSTEM=="input", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0268", NAME=="Sony PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller Motion Sensors", KERNEL=="js[0-9]*", RUN+="/bin/rm %E{DEVNAME}", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=""
    
    #disable DS4 motion controls
    SUBSYSTEM=="input", ATTRS{idVendor}=="XXXX", ATTRS{idProduct}=="YYYY", NAME=="ZZZZ", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=="?*", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=""
    
    SUBSYSTEM=="input", ATTRS{idVendor}=="XXXX", ATTRS{idProduct}=="YYYY", NAME=="ZZZZ", KERNEL=="js[0-9]*", RUN+="/bin/rm %E{DEVNAME}", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=""
    

    Where XXXX, YYYY, and ZZZZ are the as-of-yet-unknown strings idVendor, idProduct, and name of the motion control device linked to a DS4 Controller. These variables could be determined if someone with a DS4 connected could run cat /proc/bus/input/devices and post the output here. More lines might be neccessary if the DS4 Controller strings change depending on whether it is connected via BT, USB cable or Sony dongle.

    The idVendor and idProduct parts might even be removed, and we might only match the name.

    I suppose the file should have root permissions (?).

    I have a hunch this might work but haven't tested it.

    Further reading:
    https://hackaday.com/2009/09/18/how-to-write-udev-rules/
    and
    https://github.com/denilsonsa/udev-joystick-blacklist


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    @rsn8887 Here's a DS4 connected via bluetooth

    I: Bus=0005 Vendor=054c Product=09cc Version=8100
    N: Name="Wireless Controller Touchpad"
    P: Phys=00:1a:7d:da:71:09
    S: Sysfs=/devices/platform/soc/3f980000.usb/usb1/1-1/1-1.2/1-1.2:1.0/bluetooth/hci0/hci0:71/0005:054C:09CC.0002/input/input2
    U: Uniq=dc:0c:2d:86:41:f6
    H: Handlers=event0 
    B: PROP=5
    B: EV=b
    B: KEY=2420 0 10000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    B: ABS=2608000 0
    
    I: Bus=0005 Vendor=054c Product=09cc Version=8100
    N: Name="Wireless Controller Motion Sensors"
    P: Phys=00:1a:7d:da:71:09
    S: Sysfs=/devices/platform/soc/3f980000.usb/usb1/1-1/1-1.2/1-1.2:1.0/bluetooth/hci0/hci0:71/0005:054C:09CC.0002/input/input3
    U: Uniq=dc:0c:2d:86:41:f6
    H: Handlers=event1 
    B: PROP=40
    B: EV=19
    B: ABS=3f
    B: MSC=20
    
    I: Bus=0005 Vendor=054c Product=09cc Version=8100
    N: Name="Wireless Controller"
    P: Phys=00:1a:7d:da:71:09
    S: Sysfs=/devices/platform/soc/3f980000.usb/usb1/1-1/1-1.2/1-1.2:1.0/bluetooth/hci0/hci0:71/0005:054C:09CC.0002/input/input1
    U: Uniq=dc:0c:2d:86:41:f6
    H: Handlers=js0 event2 
    B: PROP=0
    B: EV=20001b
    B: KEY=7fdb0000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    B: ABS=3003f
    B: MSC=10
    B: FF=1 7030000 0 0
    


  • Perfect thanks, so my solution would be this, completely untested so far:

    • ssh into your RetroPie

    • enter

    sudo nano /etc/udev/rules.d/51-disable-DS3-and-DS4-motion-controls.rules
    
    • paste the following the editor
    #disable DS3 motion controls
    SUBSYSTEM=="input", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0268", NAME=="Sony PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller Motion Sensors", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=="?*", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=""
    
    SUBSYSTEM=="input", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0268", NAME=="Sony PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller Motion Sensors", KERNEL=="js[0-9]*", RUN+="/bin/rm %E{DEVNAME}", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=""
    
    #disable DS4 motion controls
    SUBSYSTEM=="input", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="09cc", NAME=="Wireless Controller Motion Sensors", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=="?*", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=""
    
    SUBSYSTEM=="input", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="09cc", NAME=="Wireless Controller Motion Sensors", KERNEL=="js[0-9]*", RUN+="/bin/rm %E{DEVNAME}", ENV{ID_INPUT_JOYSTICK}=""
    
    • Hit CTRL-x and y to save

    • reboot and see if motion controls are disabled

    It probably requires some tweaking still, but something along these lines should work.

    I am confused that the Name is "Wireless Controller" and not Dualshock 4 or some such. Maybe a bug in the Linux Kernel?


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  • So question, on 4.4 am i the only one that had to assign the hotkey to the ps button? Even though the config shows select as the hotkey it would not work. I had to make the ps button the hotkey for it to work.



  • @edmaul69 Mine works as select :\



  • @hooperre yeah it was the wirdest thing.



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