Today I talk about a Adapter to connect two joysticks Atari 2600 the PC via USB (NEW Dual Port PC Computer USB Port Controller Adapter for ATARI 2600 JOYSTICK) acquired on eBay from the seller videogamessource.
This adapter is the solution to play Atari games 2600 on the PC with the original controls of Atari 2600, making the experience with the next emulators that we could experiment with an Atari console 2600 real. You can connect up 2 Atari joysticks 2600 with one Adapter to connect two joysticks Atari 2600 the PC via USB.
With the Adapter to connect two joysticks Atari 2600 the PC via USB, Atari joysticks 2600 runs on PC as ordinary joysticks, may be used in the Stella emulator or any other, or in other emulators and PC games.
Those who follow the Skooter Blog know that I have a console Mega Drive conectado à TV via SCART->HDMI, with a Mega Everdrive, to dispense with the use of emulators and still have a great picture quality and even some advantages of the emulators, the possibility save states. I also have a Super Nintendo connected in the same way and with a SD2SNES, but I will speak of this in future articles.
So why emulate Atari 2600 instead of playing the original console? The answer is that unfortunately I do not have the Atari 2600 I got from my parents in my childhood, Dad even ended up selling when I wanted some other more modern console. Nowadays it is difficult to find an Atari 2600 in good condition, the same generation of my, it was the Polyvox (as far as i know, the only official, licensed by Atari) and those who still had the 4 keys in the original format, including “COLOR – B / W” and with removable joystick. After, to cut costs, They ended up making a porqueira with fitted joysticks and disappeared with “COLOR – B / W”, in addition to exchanging the buttons by other means rough. These are even cheaper there, but not interest me, as well as the Atari clones 2600. Furthermore, or Atari 2600 does not have a SCART RGB output, as the most modern consoles. The Atari 2600 original is limited to an RF output, whose image is very poorly on modern TVs. It is possible to achieve a video image composite or S-Video, plus stereo audio, but this requires changes to the hardware that I would not venture to do, at the risk of losing a classic console.
Given this, or Atari 2600 is a console that I accept emulate, not least because Stella is an emulator that is almost perfect, by indulging to simulate the defects of Atari 2600. There's even such as an RF quality with picture for the most nostalgic and purists. Turning the computer on the TV via HDMI and using Adapter to connect two joysticks Atari 2600 the PC via USB to use the original Atari joysticks 2600, the experience is very good, with image and sound far superior to what I could get with the original console.
Why use the original joystick? As much as the Dualshock 3 do Playstation 3 and the XBox controller 360 are excellent for current games, there are games on the Atari to get better with the original Atari joystick 2600, with the stick in his right hand, with a reaction rate that I think never will, either with the D-Pad, is with the analog joystick XBox 360. Play Enduro with a D-Pad is not the same. The reaction time with a joystick Atari 2600 is much higher. The same goes for many other Atari games 2600, como River Raid, Adventure, Dragon Fire, Keystone Keaper, and many others. The original joystick is much better.
Even in the Master System Paper Boy I had a better performance when playing with an Atari joystick 2600, which is compatible with the Master System, leaving only missing the button 2, it is not necessary in the Paperboy. The Master System control also works on Atari 2600, and tested a curiosity in Adapter to connect two joysticks Atari 2600 the PC via USB. It worked perfectly, except for the button 2 that can not be mapped and is useless, as such an Atari 2600 really.
The Adapter to connect two joysticks Atari 2600 the PC via USB comes with the brand Retrobit, in a cardboard box written in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch. The hardware ID is “USB VID_1292&PID_4154&REV_0100”.
Using SiSoftware Sandra, I could get the following information about the device:
Root Hub > Generic USB Hub > Generic USB Hub: USB Port 3
Status : Device Connected
Manufacturer : INNEX
Device Connected : ATARI Contrr USB
Device ID : VEN_1292, DEV_4154, PRT_00
Device Version : 1.00
USB Version : 1.10
Speed : Low (1.5Mbps)
Configuration Settings : 1
Open Pipes : 1
Transfer Type : Interrupt
Data Packet Size : 8bytes
Name : Microsoft PC-joystick driver
Manufacturer : 4754
On. Game Controllers : 16
On. Buttons : 1
Has Z-Coordinate : On
Has Rudder : On
Has U-Coordinate : On
Has V-Coordinate : On
Has Point-Of-View : On
Discrete Values Point-Of-View : On
Continuous Degree Bearings : On
Status : Connected
Current Position Information
X-Position : 32767
Y-Position : 32767
Button 1 Status : UnPressed
Minimum/Maximum X-Position : 0 – 65535
Minimum/Maximum Y-Position : 0 – 65535
Smallest/Largest Polling Interval : 10ms – 1second(s)
As a buy, was made in 04/02/2013 and sent from the United States via “USPS First Class Mail Intl / First Class Package Intl Service”, that provides a tracking code, LJ starting with and ending with US, but the package is not traceable in Brazil. According to the USPS (U.S. mail), the package left in Miami 08/02/2012. No give 27/02 was in my hand.
Here is the information provided by USPS:
Current Track & Confirm e-mail information provided by the U.S. Postal Service.
Label Number: LJ856(removed)905US
Service Type: International Letter
|Shipment Activity||Location||Date & Time|
|Depart USPS Sort Facility||MIAMI FL 33112||February 8, 2013|
|Depart USPS Sort Facility||MIAMI FL 33112||February 8, 2013|
|Processed through USPS Sort Facility||MIAMI FL 33112||February 7, 2013 9:09 at the|
|Electronic Shipping Info Received||February 4, 2013|
The packet came described as containing “New Dual Port PC Compu”, com declared value $5,95 USD (U.S. dollars two), marked “Merchandise” (Merchandise). The sender came marked “CLASSIC GAME SOURCE”. The package was not taxed.
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