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Best Driverstations Controllers

I'm debating getting new controllers for our team. We generally use the Xbox360 controllers for ease of use and simplicity. Should we just get new Xbox360 controllers or move to the Xbox one or PS4 controllers? Why?
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Re: Best Driverstations Controllers

It doesn't really matter as long as your driver likes it and they are reliable.
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It doesn't really matter as long as your driver likes it and they are reliable.
This. You could literally use a turntable as long as the driver knows what theyre doing.
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Re: Best Driverstations Controllers

I remember reading somewhere that the Xbox One and the PS4 controllers won't work with the driver station without some extra software (something about not working as HID devices or something). Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I know the Xbox One controller didn't work for us last year when we tried it, at least.

Also, we use an Xbox 360 for our driver and a custom button board with 6 buttons and 2 toggle switches for the operator.
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Re: Best Driverstations Controllers

The past two years our team has used a FightPad PRO controller for our manipulator, due to the additional buttons available. Amazon Link
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Re: Best Driverstations Controllers

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I remember reading somewhere that the Xbox One and the PS4 controllers won't work with the driver station without some extra software (something about not working as HID devices or something). Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I know the Xbox One controller didn't work for us last year when we tried it, at least.

Also, we use an Xbox 360 for our driver and a custom button board with 6 buttons and 2 toggle switches for the operator.
There are formalized drivers for both the PS4 controller and the XB1 controller for at least Windows 10, and I know the PS4 controller works with Windows 7. The PS*3* controller is what didn't work in the past, but both are technically possible as options.
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5811 has had issues with the string of connectors required to use a Xbox controller breaking down during matches. I have heard of other teams having the same issue aswell. We use the Logitech controllers sold by andymark with no issues.

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There are formalized drivers for both the PS4 controller and the XB1 controller for at least Windows 10, and I know the PS4 controller works with Windows 7. The PS*3* controller is what didn't work in the past, but both are technically possible as options.
Huh, good to know, thanks! May have been we were still using Windows 7 on our drive computers back when we tested it.
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The PS*3* controller is what didn't work in the past, but both are technically possible as options.
I have a ps3 controller working with my W10 computers right now. Havent tested them with the DS software though (as long as the DS accepts DirectInput it should be good, right?)
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Re: Best Driverstations Controllers

There's a pretty good reason pretty most modern research/defense robots including Boston Dynamics and iRobot use Xbox-360/one controllers. It's hard to beat for the amount of controls and axis available.
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I have a ps3 controller working with my W10 computers right now. Havent tested them with the DS software though (as long as the DS accepts DirectInput it should be good, right?)
Probably, yeah. The official Sony PS3 controllers over USB were the problematic ones, but if Windows natively sees it as a USB controller, it should show up to the DS.
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Re: Best Driverstations Controllers

Xbox one or Xbox elite controller is the game-pad style controller IMO. Heck even a Xbox 360 controller is still decent.

But for god's sake I can't figure out why teams like using the Logitech f310 game-pad controller. Those things hurt my hands like hell.
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