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Decent enough hardware for a cheap controller, insanely terrible software
on December 21, 2017
This controller is poorly designed, hot garbage. I was hopeful when I first pulled it out of the box; it felt good in my hands, the sticks felt precise, and it's just a pretty thing by controller standards. However, problems quickly made themselves apparent. The D-pad buttons take a ridiculous amount of force to press, and the L1 and R1 buttons get stuck constantly. The manual it comes with is incredibly vague. I've tried using it with both Linux and Windows machines, and it's impossible to disable to keyboard emulation (contrary to what the manual says!)
On Linux (Ubuntu 16.04), the controller works decently well as long as it's connected by USB, but with a bluetooth connection it's impossible to disable the annoying ass keyboard emulation it does. This means that it reads the control stick input like arrow keys--pushing a stick either gives you all or nothing, basically making it worthless for all but old retro games (remember, the d-pad gets very tiring to use after a few minutes).
On Windows, the keyboard emulation is always on, regardless of whether it's connected by bluetooth or USB. For some reason the control sticks work, but this still makes for an insanely frustrating experience. For example, Matricom decided it would be best to map the start key to escape, so when trying to play on an emulator, hitting start makes you exit the emulation.
I bought two of these, and every one of these problems apply to both controllers.
I've spent far more time than I ever should have trying to get this controller to work as intended. I'd forgive the poorly made R1, L1, and D-pad if everything else worked properly, but it's just more trouble than it's worth. If you're looking for a cheap controller, look somewhere else.