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Old August 3rd, 2012, 05:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Plug a controller into the tablet

Just wondering if itís possible to plug a PS3 controller into this tablet? I can get some software to pair it, but that would involve installing a Windows VM on my Mac and I canít really be bothered, I would rather buy a cable.

I spoke to my friend, an Android developer, who suggested that you could get a USB Mini-B to USB Mini-A cable to pair it. Is that correct?

(Iíve been looking at the Ď Belkin USB Mini-B to USB Mini-A (OTG On the Go) Cableí).

Thanks for your help!

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Old August 3rd, 2012, 06:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well I'm no expert but I think you would need some sort of android compatible driver installed on the tablet to allow the controller to function.

Also, I believe power for PS3 controllers is drawn from the console via the USB cable? If so would the nexus 7 have enough grunt to power the controller? It would require a fair bit of energy.
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Well I'm no expert but I think you would need some sort of android compatible driver installed on the tablet to allow the controller to function.
There are some drivers available for the nexus 7 that would allow me to map the buttons/sticks on the controller .

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Also, I believe power for PS3 controllers is drawn from the console via the USB cable? If so would the nexus 7 have enough grunt to power the controller? It would require a fair bit of energy.
The PS3 controller has a built-in battery. The nexus 7 USB doesnít output any power, so it shouldnít try and charge the controller or use up much battery.
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The nexus 7 USB doesn’t output any power, so it shouldn’t try and charge the controller or use up much battery.
That's actually not true. If it were, you basically couldn't use any USB device unless it were self-powered.

Even my 500gb platter drive gets enough power to run off the N7. I suspect the N7 is going to provide a trickle charge to your controller.

Check out this thread:

http://androidforums.com/nexus-7/589205-adventures-usb-otg-what-you-using.html

One of the guys in there is using USB OTG for his Xbox controller. You just need a USB OTG cable.
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Sorry, I don't know much about PS3 controllers ha. Ask me anything about xbox controllers and I could tell you, but PS3 is an entirely different story.

If that is the case and PS3 controllers are battery powered then you would possibly encounter issues with trickle charging. Battery companies warn not to try to recharge disposable batteries in any way, and for good reason too. I guess you could probably counter that issue by using rechargeable batteries.
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Sorry, I don't know much about PS3 controllers ha. Ask me anything about xbox controllers and I could tell you, but PS3 is an entirely different story.

If that is the case and PS3 controllers are battery powered then you would possibly encounter issues with trickle charging. Battery companies warn not to try to recharge disposable batteries in any way, and for good reason too. I guess you could probably counter that issue by using rechargeable batteries.
Wrong. The PS3 controller battery is a rechargeable lithium-ion or poly chemistry that can charge from the PS3 or any other USB source. Internal circuitry determines when to end the charge so there is no risk of overcharging.
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Wrong. The PS3 controller battery is a rechargeable lithium-ion or poly chemistry that can charge from the PS3 or any other USB source. Internal circuitry determines when to end the charge so there is no risk of overcharging.
If you had of read the first two lines of my post you would have noticed I do not own, or intend to own a PS3 controller, hence I know nothing about them. Since I was informed they were battery powered I just brought up the point that the N7 port would trickle charge whatever is connected to the miniUSB port, meaning that IF the PS3 controller did NOT have rechargeable batteries then he could encounter issues.
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Thanks for your help, guys .

In short, I just need a Micro-B USB OTG cable, which I’ve bought.

I’ll let you know if I can get a PS3 controller to work with the device, if you want.

In the meantime, stop nitpicking. It’s not becoming.
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As Google recommends, plug into a powered usb hub!
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Its perfectly do able, watch this video:

PS3 Controller + Nexus 7 Tablet = Awesome!! (Using OTG Adapter without Rooting) - YouTube
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THAT is brilliant. Thanks
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Thumbs up Logitech Dual Action works great too!

I just finished a great session of Dead Trigger using my Logitech Dual Action controller. In-game setup was a breeze.

I could definitely see packing this into the gear bag when I got to Boston next month for a two-week training session.




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I just finished a great session of Dead Trigger using my Logitech Dual Action controller. In-game setup was a breeze.

I could definitely see packing this into the gear bag when I got to Boston next month for a two-week training session.
Itís great, isnít it? Iíve been doing it for just over a week now and itís made gaming on my Nexus too easy.
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I just finished a great session of Dead Trigger using my Logitech Dual Action controller. In-game setup was a breeze.

I could definitely see packing this into the gear bag when I got to Boston next month for a two-week training session.



Do you have to be rooted to use the logitech controller to control games on the Nexus 7?
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Problem I have with my Logitech controller is that some games don't see it, but those same games will see Xbox/ps3 controllers just fine.
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