Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




324 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 15


Topic # 112351 5-Dec-2012 20:53 Send private message

http://store.steampowered.com/bigpicture/

Has anybody given this a go?  It looks quite nice and I wasn't aware that there were so many games that you could play on your PC (via TV) with a game controller.

Can anyone recommend what controller I might get?  Currently looking at this - not a bad price and comes with the USB dongle I think.




Toys:  Samsung Galaxy S4 (Telecom), iPad 4, Roku, Apple TV, iPod Touch 4, Dell Inspiron 17R SE, Sony 40CX520, TiVo x2, Snap ADSL.

Create new topic
174 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 7


  Reply # 727705 5-Dec-2012 22:17 Send private message

That's what I use and it works brilliantly. I just gave Big Picture a go and I recommend using the "controller supported" filter. Unfortunately some "supported" games are not very controller friendly, but hopefully the list gets pruned in time. Also, I'm not sure why it begins with Store highlighted. I'd prefer to just launch right into my list of games. There's no option to do so. Hopefully this also gets fixed in time.

All in all, it's a solid option for people who use their PC with a remote for gaming on a television. I'm just a bit dubious about how big this market is right now.

518 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 14

Subscriber

  Reply # 728004 6-Dec-2012 12:53 Send private message

Looks promising. I like the UI, and the fact you can launch games without being forced to swap media.

But, until they sort out a genuine standard platform spec (hint: Valve, hurry up with that Linux console already), I just can't see it making huge in-roads on existing console makers.

733 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 225


  Reply # 728010 6-Dec-2012 13:00 Send private message

Xbox Controller is really the only option you should consider for the PC - games are written to support it and OS support is built in.

I have both a wired and wireless - use the wired most often as I can't be arsed with batteries for the wireless.



733 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 225


  Reply # 728218 6-Dec-2012 19:28 Send private message

also pbtech has them on special on the 8th for $39+GST from the looks of it (not sure if thats the PC version).

18 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 2


  Reply # 728595 7-Dec-2012 14:55 Send private message

Great played on steam for years. used to be good, NOW JUST  ONE BIG PRoblem, The ping from nz broadband providers is so bad that most games are unplayable

465 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 6


  Reply # 728817 7-Dec-2012 23:54 Send private message

The Xbox 360 controller is almost the only controller I would recommend getting for PC. The other one I'd consider is the Razer Onza or it's big brother. Both are wired though.




487 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 3


  Reply # 730942 11-Dec-2012 22:55 Send private message

wasabi2k: Xbox Controller is really the only option you should consider for the PC - games are written to support it and OS support is built in.

I have both a wired and wireless - use the wired most often as I can't be arsed with batteries for the wireless.




Don't you also need the 360 wireless adapter to use the wireless controller?

518 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 14

Subscriber

  Reply # 730950 11-Dec-2012 23:06 Send private message

urban:
wasabi2k: Xbox Controller is really the only option you should consider for the PC - games are written to support it and OS support is built in.

I have both a wired and wireless - use the wired most often as I can't be arsed with batteries for the wireless.



Don't you also need the 360 wireless adapter to use the wireless controller?


Not sure if they can be purchased separately, but the wireless adapters are included with the Xbox 360 for Windows controllers.

518 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 14

Subscriber

  Reply # 730956 11-Dec-2012 23:16 Send private message

wasabi2k: Xbox Controller is really the only option you should consider for the PC - games are written to support it and OS support is built in.

I have both a wired and wireless - use the wired most often as I can't be arsed with batteries for the wireless.


I find wireless extremely convenient (also have wired). However, I do use Microsoft rechargeable batteries with the charge kit and a spare battery so never have to wait for a recharge.
I avoid AA batteries like the plague - too expensive.

465 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 6


  Reply # 730980 11-Dec-2012 23:38 Send private message

zaptor: Not sure if they can be purchased separately, but the wireless adapters are included with the Xbox 360 for Windows controllers.


You can but my advice would be to steer clear of any third party ones as I bought one off trademe for a friend for her birthday and it didn't work straight out of the box. I looked online and found that a lot of them have a high failure rates and terrible connection issues.




27 posts

Geek


  Reply # 733423 17-Dec-2012 10:31 Send private message

I think you can purchase the adapter individually, legitimate Microsoft. I'm sure I've seen them somewhere. You could try Mightyape. I might be wrong though.

Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:




News »

Trending now »
Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Hierarchy of a mistake: Gerry Brownlee
Created by joker97, last reply by nathan on 26-Jul-2014 04:30 (68 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Logitech K400r HTPC Cordless Keyboard Half Price
Created by Dynamic, last reply by Blanch on 28-Jul-2014 22:16 (25 replies)
Pages... 2


Checking UHF aerial is working
Created by OnceBitten, last reply by B1GGLZ on 28-Jul-2014 21:49 (21 replies)
Pages... 2


Bridge Work - Auckland
Created by networkn, last reply by jeffnz on 28-Jul-2014 21:18 (19 replies)
Pages... 2


Dick Smith in Continual Sale Mode
Created by Dynamic, last reply by eracode on 29-Jul-2014 01:42 (56 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


Is chorus going to deliberately slow adsl internet down
Created by rugrat, last reply by juha on 26-Jul-2014 14:25 (54 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


What Size iphone 6 will you be buying?
Created by mattbush, last reply by myopinion on 26-Jul-2014 20:19 (35 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Geekzone giveaway: Thecus N2310 NAS
Created by freitasm, last reply by BlakJak on 28-Jul-2014 11:39 (99 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7



Geekzone Live »
Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.