MoJo : PC & Console Joysticks


MoJo Joystick for PC use

To understand how joysticks work we need to  look at the history of PC joysticks.   MS Windows has always supported generic PC joysticks using a input technology called Direct Input.  This is the standard for traditional joysticks before console controllers came along and is the technique used by the MoJo.  It was a loose standard and different joysticks had a habit of working in slightly different ways for the same game.

 

When Microsoft  produced its first Xbox they wanted to standardise, and came up with a new input technology called XInput.  Both XInput and the older Direct Input are USB inputs and both are supported by Windows.  The difference is the ways the software drivers work.  A driver is a special piece of software installed on you PC to drive a particular piece of hardware such as a joystick and is supplied by the joystick manufacturer.

 

If you plug a Xbox controller into a PC then the PC will use the XInput driver that is supplied with Windows.  Newer PC joysticks also come with XInput drivers, or use the Windows driver. 

 

Modern PC games use XInput and ignore Direct Input whilst older games will ignore XInput.

 

Fortunately there are other pieces of software called Emulators that can take a Direct Input signal from a MoJo and ‘emulate’ XInput, ie translate it.   See the Support pages for links to this type of software tool.  They are free or very inexpensive.




MoJo Joysticks for Games Consoles


A games console is very fussy about what is plugged into it  and it will not understand another manufactures games controller or a joystick
designed for a PC.   A PC joystick and the MoJo will use drivers that the games console can never load as they are not PCs.   

The most straightforward method is to use a third party cross-platform converter such as the recommended Titan One .   

These are relatively cheap and designed to convert any game pad to work with any console and the Titan One product also supports the MoJo out of the box. The MoJo appears to the Titan One as a PS3 game pad.  

The Titan One is provided with a PC tool called G Tuner (Game Tuner) that can program the Titan One to work in many ways including crossing over buttons and controls to suit any particular need.  It can hold 10 such special configurations in its memory called 'slots'    see the Support pages for links to such devices.