A Few Extra Questions About My Console Gaming Setup

Well, ever since my last post here, I received a buch of answers & I am extremely grateful for everyone who helped me out & gave their advice/opinions/tips/suggestions! :slight_smile: But there are a few topics that are still left unanswered. Hopefully someone might be able to help me out with that. So here are my questions about my future console setup:

1.) I’m most likely going to be getting a PS3 & it will only be for 1 game which is a special collection of certain games for the PS3. I’m wondering if it would be somewhat pointless if I were to upgrade the Hard Drive to like a Sata SSD if I simply wanted smoother performance & better load times, etc.? Or would it actually be worth it depending?

2.) Also, on my games wishlist, I noticed there are some titles that can only be acquired digitally now with no physical copies apparently available anymore. With that being said, these games will be running via my gaming pc. However, I’m not sure what I should go with as far as a controller is concerned. I know I would at least prefer something that’s built very well, & is wireless. Links to the games will be provided should you need more info.

Sonic CD 2011 https://sonic.fandom.com/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_CD_(2011) https://store.steampowered.com/app/200940/Sonic_CD/

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 https://sonic.fandom.com/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_4:_Episode_I https://store.steampowered.com/app/202530/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_4__Episode_I/

Sonic Generations https://sonic.fandom.com/wiki/Sonic_Generations https://store.steampowered.com/app/71340/Sonic_Generations_Collection/

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 https://sonic.fandom.com/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_4:_Episode_II https://store.steampowered.com/app/203650/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_4__Episode_II/

(BTW, this was re-posted from the LTT forum. Hopefully I might have better luck here…) If any of you need more details or have questions for me, just ask away & I’ll be sure to fill you in!

Thanks to anyone who can help! :slight_smile:

My lad is still playing on our PS3 from time-to-time and owns all the Sonic games you can get in his Steam collection.

With regards to the PS3 I did put an SSD in it and it makes practically zero difference - some games will have reduced loading times, but not by much, and it doesn’t change anything in the actual game. That said SSD’s are pretty cheap now and if your PS3 game library is small, why not.

With regards to sonic on the PC an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller is all you need and automatically detected by Windows 10 and the games. If you want wireless you may need a dongle depending on the controller model and if you have bluetooth or not (I think its only the latest xbox one controllers that can use bluetooth under win10).

I see. Just out of curiosity, would an Xbox type of controller be my best bet for the games on pc even though I don’t have any games on any of the Xbox platforms? :thinking:

In my opinion, yes. Most PC games default to the xbox button map if they support controllers.

i also own PS3 and Steam Controllers plus a myriad of flight sticks for sims. Steam controllers are no longer made and need a lot of practice to master but are very customizable. PS style controllers just don’t agree with me and are not as plug n’ play as xbox ones in my experience.

Interesting. Well, for my needs, which of the Xbox controllers should I go with? Or more appropriately worded- which 1 is the best? Can you give me any suggestions/pointers on this?

I’m perfectly happy with decade old Microsoft xbox 360 controllers so probably not the best person to ask :slight_smile:

What I have learned over the years is that Microsoft controllers are built well and other than the rubber on the analogue sticks wearing off have outlived all cheapo third party controllers that have come and gone.

Currently, there are a couple of wired aftreglow xbone controllers kicking around the house. They seem to work well, are cheaper than MS controllers and are still living after a couple of years. So if you want cheaper maybe try them? If you have money to burn check out the Razer xbone controllers or the latest MS Elilte controllers they all look great but outside my budget.

OK. Well, thank you for the suggestion & helping me out! :slight_smile:

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No worries, I also own a Mayflash F300 Arcade Fight Stick. Works well for fighting games and older retro titles and emulators. Probably too niche for what you are looking for though.

Maybe. :man_shrugging: I might just have to ask a few of my friends who game if it comes to that later & see what they say. It’s at least nice to know I have some options.

If you’re buying new, or even used, I would suggest an Xbox One controller; you get better connectivity with it. You do not need a dongle for wireless, provided you have bluetooth, and you do not care about streaming audio via the controller to a pair of headphones. Wired they are simply recognized by windows and the majority of games in steam; provided they have controller support.

If you like a particular colour or pattern, there are many to choose from with the Xbox One controllers, but be aware you will pay more for the special editions type ones.

Got you. But I COULD use it via a USB dongle if I wanted to instead of via Bluetooth, right?


You get a bit more functionality, like the audio pass through I mentioned. I do not have one so other than that one specific feature i am not sure what else there is.

Looks like the USB dongle will sync with up to 8 controllers, if that is a need for you.

OK. Do I happen to have any great Xbox controller alternatives just in case? :thinking:

That is where things get interesting/hacky.

You can really use any controller you feel comfortable with and then use software to change the input type to xinput. Software solutions can be buggy and fail at times.

There are hardware solutions to change one controller type to another, they are a bit pricey and kind of weird, like https://cronusmax.com/
it can give wireless ability on win to controllers that are not supported etc.

It’s kind of a weird science situation if you decide to not go the xbox controller route

That makes sense. Well, I guess I’ll just be doing some additional looking around & see what others have to say before I officially make up my mind on this. Thank you for the replies! :slight_smile:

If you have a ps3 controller already you can try it with steam through the controller configurator.

I always preferred the ps3 and 4 controllers and now that steam handles their connecting they are very easy to use on PC. Not that it was particularly hard, you just needed the drivers which were taken care of on the PCSX2 forums by Scarlet Crush.