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Adapt PS1, PS2 or XBOX Controller / Joystick for PC use

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Adapt PS1, PS2 or XBOX Controller / Joystick for PC use
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How you use you old Playstation 1 / PSone, PS2 or XBOX controllers on your PC or laptop


Playstation 1 / PS1 / PSone and Playstation 2 (PS2) Controllers

Many of us ended up getting or being given a Playstation - it is the most successful console of modern times. Now alot of them have been put in the attic, under beds and on top of wardrobes. But no fear you can use the controller, joystick or steering wheel on your pc to play your PC games with! Why buy an expensive PC games control pad or steering wheel when you have a perfectly good one already!

All you need is a Playstation to USB adapter like this:

They are less than £3 delivered!(correct at time of writing this). You should be able to find them on ebay here: Dual Playstation USB Adapter You just connect up to 2 (for two player) of your playstation controllers and plug the USB into your PC - its plug and play and windows installs it in seconds. Then you can go to the Control panel and Games Controllers and configure and test all the buttons. You can even use your PS1 or 2 wireless controllers - just plug in the receiver and play wire free!

XBOX Controllers

The XBOX Controller has a detachable plug from the cable. You can now buy a USB adapter to fit onto the end of the XBOX controller cable which is shown on the left below. You should be able to find them on ebay here: Xbox Controller USB adapter
  
So you litterally just unplug the XBOX plug from the controller (shown above right) and replace it with this one and you are done! So just plug the USB into your PC - its plug and play and windows installs it in seconds. Then you can go to the Control panel and Games Controllers and configure and test all the buttons.

Multi-adapters

There are other USB adapters about that will let you use several different types of game console controller on your PC - ideal if you use console emulators for playing games because you can use the actual controller intended for the game. An example is shown below:

This one lets you connect either XBOX, Playstation or Gamecube to your PC via USB. The mutli-type adapters are more expensive but it depends if you need to have different types connected.

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