Saturday, March 10, 2018

Playstation BUZZ usb controllers on PC

This is how I got the BUZZ USB controllers to work on a PC.  Tested on Windows 10


Essentially I am using a USB to keyboard program to translate the buttons being pressed on the individual controllers to simulate pressing keys on the computer keyboard.

I use them for the "You Don't Know Jack" game, but, for example, you could plug in a Rockband or Guitar Hero drum set into your computer, and using a key-to-drum program simulate the drums being played.

What I did:

The program I'm using to do the translation is called
"JoyToKey"
https://joytokey.net/en/download

I've used several different ones, so there are a few to pick from.  This one worked pretty good first try so I stuck with it.

This program will scan the USB port of your controller, and then allow you to individually assign the buttons to key inputs.

Then I plugged in my controllers.  Windows 10 recognized them right away as BUZZ controllers.

I ran the program, and by pressing each button on the controllers, the corresponding button would show up in the JoyToKey program

I mapped 3 of the 4 controllers (max 3 supported in Jack Box game), each of the "buzz in buttons" to their corresponding buzz in key (Q, B and P) and then each of the color buttons 1-4 in descending.


I launched JackBox games and worked perfectly.



I output the computer HDMI signal to my TV and everyone can play from comfortable chairs without having to huddle around the computer.

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    1. You are welcome! We use this all the time for a games night.

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  2. Hey there,
    I just found your solution.

    I also got the wired Buzz Controllers. Do you know how to use them on Windows 10?
    If I plug them in, the device manager says "standard USB hub", but I don't know what to do with it.
    Joy2Key doesn't detect anything at all. :(

    Would love to here from you!

    Cheers

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    1. And like it always is - just found the solution right after posting this. ;)

      "In the device manager select the broken "Standard USB Hub" and open the properties for it. Select "Update Driver", "Browse my computer for driver software", "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer". There select "USB Input Device" and click OK."

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    2. We use this solution all the time, its not perfect, but it makes those games more fun to play from the couch. Glad to hear you got it working. Cheers!

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