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The phantom input

Permalink 07/17/07 at 08:00:47 pm, by Ed, 193 words   English (US)
Categories: Games

So, I hooked up my brother's PS3 controller to my computer, and got it working. It's pretty nifty stuff. It works with all of my games and everything, just like a regular, frickin' awesome controller.

One thing I noticed, though, is that when I go to calibrate the controller, it shows 19 button inputs. Now, with most "standard" controllers having only 4 buttons, that may seem like a lot, but if you count, you've got L1, L2, L3, R1, R2, R3, Square, Circle, Triangle, X, Up, Down, Left, Right, Start, Select, and the PlayStation button. For those of you counting along, that's 17 buttons. Where are the other two? I've looked everywhere for these phantom inputs to no avail, short of opening up the controller with a screwdriver. So it says there are 19 inputs, but only 17 buttons are actually present on the controller. I wonder if this is a remnant from additional buttons that were removed, or what's going on, but suffice it to say, these two anti-buttons have my curiosity piqued.

I shall report later if I ever do find out what they are for. In the meantime, I've got some awesome gaming to do.

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