Custom Light Pressure Gaming Controller

Custom Light Pressure Gaming Controller for Accessible Gaming

Mini-Joy joypad with five Ultra-Light switches.

JoyToKey with Accessible Gaming set-up for PSone, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Gamecube/Wii set-ups.

Above is a custom build for a customer in Switzerland designed to work on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

The core controls are the thumb-stick and five Ultra-light buttons to be positioned under each finger. They connect to an adapted wired Xbox 360 joypad and are recognised as Stick 2, Button1-4 and Button 10 in JoyToKey.

JoyToKey v.5.6 allows all kinds of functions to be assigned to each button. For instance, in the GameCube/Wii emulator you can play GC Zelda and all keys using three profiles. The highlighted profile above gives:

Stick 2: Joypad
Button 1: A
Button 2: B
Button 3: LT/RT (alternates each time you press)
Button 4: Look around (cycles through looking up, right, down, left)
Button 5: Change profile

I had this playing Blur on PS3 using the joystick, buttons for accelerate, brake, power-up and e-brake. Using GlovePie, I added speech controls for switching power-ups and pausing the game. With Assassin's Creed III on Xbox 360, I managed to cram the controls down without needing speech.

Not easy to build controls remotely, but I'm hoping this set-up does the trick. It's certainly complex, but it's also a great way to reduce the number of physical controls needed. If interested in finding out more, feel free to get in touch.

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