I know in the early days of the v3 DJ recommended the Logitech Gamepad F710, but I have also seen a lot of people using the Microsoft Xbox 360 wireless Joystick for windows.
Does anyone have any recommendations of one over the other or something different, and why?
I am going to be ordering one soon (got an Amazon gift card for Hanukkah). The Logitech is about $10 less and seems to be functionally equivalent, but I have virtually no experience since I don't really play computer or console games (if I started, I would never leave my computer, and I spend too much time in front of it now).
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I did read on a few forums of few users having problems on Windows 8.1, but it seems that was for upgrades to 8.1 when the joystick drivers were already running on Windows 8, and the solution seems to be to re-install the drivers (and some other possible workarounds) so I think I'll be able to get it working.
It is not Bluetooth. It is 2.4ghz, but it does come with a low profile usb dongle and an extension cable to improve range depending on the location of the PC.
As I had read elsewhere, the drivers don't work in Windows 8.1, but on a new install Windows auto-detects it as an xbox 360 Joystick, so it appears to work.
Just quickly tested driving Roli around so far. I'll post more if I learn anything else interesting while testing tomorrow.
Roli's battery just died, and I don't have any more time today for testing, so I will need to see which works better in ARC tomorrow. I am having one problem in Xinput mode with Joystick 2, so we'll need to see if this fixes it (follow-up will be in this thread: http://www.ez-robot.com/Community/Forum/Thread?threadId=7055&page=2 as I work through the issue. I'll come back and make a final configuration recommendation here once I get everything working well).