Playstation to Saturn pad converter Dec 22, 2010 11:32:41 GMT
Post by buckoa51 on Dec 22, 2010 11:32:41 GMT
Playstation pad to Saturn, why would anyone want to do that? While the Saturn pad is widely regarded as one of the best digital d-pads ever made, the Playstation's Dualshock controller is more familiar to many gamers. Furthermore, some players may prefer the Dualshock's analogue stick over the official Saturn pad. Finally, let's not forget that there are a whole range of controllers available for the Playstation 2 that never made it to the Saturn.
The controller adaptor I'm reviewing here is the DDE Multimedia Joypad Converter. It's exterior is no frills, cheap and cheerful, mass produced plastic case (with evidence of extra holes for other types of converter probably manufactured at the same location). While the construction looks cheap, that's of little importance if the converter works well and fortunately it does.
Both digital and analogue controls are fully supported. Playing Nights with the Dualshock 2 is actually very comfortable. I was able to at least match my usual mediocre performance (What do you mean 'C' ?!). The analogue triggers are also emulated, though of course being a Playstation 2 controller these are digital, meaning the official Sega controller beats this converter for racing games like Daytona CCE.
As an added bonus, there's autofire for all of the controllers buttons, which can be activated by holding down select, R2 and any button on the PS pad. A slow motion (basically auto-fire on the pause button) function can also be activated in a similar fashion.
If you're looking for a high quality arcade stick for your Saturn, you will be delighted to know this converter works with joysticks too. That's true for the X-Arcade series of sticks and considering this I have no reason to doubt that other sticks would work too. As for other controllers such as racing wheels, I have my doubts and no compatibility is mentioned in the documentation.
If you want to get your hands on one of these, you'll probably have to search e-bay, or source them from Hong Kong:-
(I got mine from Lik Sang before Sony sued them out of business)