Gamepad Encoders offer the functionality of a PC controller (such as a joystick or gamepad) hack in an easy-to-use form. They offer several benefits including ease in connecting controls and time savings.
The A-PAC is an analog/digital interface which emulates two gamepads. It can be used for buttons only, or various combinations of buttons and analog potentiometer (pot) devices. It can be used in any of these configurations::
32 Buttons One analog axis and 30 buttons Two analog axes and 28 buttons Three analog axes and 26 buttons Four analog axes and 24 buttons
Inputs auto-detect whether pots or buttons.are connected. One button on each side of the board is a shift button which enables another set of shifted buttons. This gives a maximum of 62 logical buttons.
Relevant Link: Ultimarc's A-PAC Page
Three terminals on the interface can be switched in software between standard and rotary inputs. The three-wire interface requires that a harness be made to connect 12-way rotaries. On the other hand it allows those with modular panels to connect a rotary stick with cat5 cable. (three rotary lines, four switch lines, and ground).
Available in both Eco and MAX models. Both models have exactly the same functionality but the MAX model uses screw terminals for connecting controls, while the Eco model features solder pads.
A gamepad encoder that allows 49-Way joysticks (and more conventional hardware) to be hooked up to your PC.
Available in both Eco and MAX models. Both models have exactly the same functionality but the MAX model uses screw terminals for connecting controls, whereas the Eco models feature either solder pads or a no-solder 40 pin header.
Software distributed by GroovyGameGear allows you to digitally restrict your 49-way joystick to simulate other types of physically restricted joysticks. The GP-Wiz49 software supports the following modes, 49 way, 49 way progressive, 8 way, 4 way, 4 way diagonal, 2 way vertical, 2 way horizontal, 16 way circular. The fairly long throw of a 49-way stick coupled with the available restriction modes makes the stick an ideal compromise for both classic platform & fighting games. In combination with set49mode software and a front end the GP-wiz49 software will allow you to automatically set the joystick restriction type based on the game you are playing. PowerMAME Will also support automatic joystick restriction setting.