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Driving Controller CX20 (Indy 500) compatibility with 2600+


Shippy

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Hi everyone. My original CX20 driving controllers don't seem to work with the Atari 2600+. Does the same thing happen to anyone else?

The Indy 500 game works perfectly on the 2600+, but the driving controller only works with the acceleration button, it is not possible to turn the cars.

Thanks.

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On 11/29/2023 at 8:51 AM, Shippy said:

My original CX20 driving controllers don't seem to work with the Atari 2600+. Does the same thing happen to anyone else?

Yes.  Most 8-direction joysticks and paddles work; most other controllers do not, including the driving controller, the keyboard controller, Sega Genesis controllers, etc.

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Weirdly enough, I've just discovered that Indy 500 is playable with a joystick on the 2600+.  Moving the joystick left and right will rotate your vehicle accordingly.  Sadly, the same is not true for Indy 500 XE.  I'm guessing Plaion set up some kind of custom control scheme .  Hopefully it's one that extends to PAL users and can be extended to other games if Driving controller support if off the table.

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41 minutes ago, KainXavier said:

Weirdly enough, I've just discovered that Indy 500 is playable with a joystick on the 2600+.  Moving the joystick left and right will rotate your vehicle accordingly.  Sadly, the same is not true for Indy 500 XE.  I'm guessing Plaion set up some kind of custom control scheme .  

For Indy 500 XE, there are no properties defined in Stella (there are just way too many hacks to keep track). So it has to auto detect the controllers and fails. I guess (without an UI that is impossible to say for sure) that's the reason. 

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1 hour ago, KainXavier said:

Weirdly enough, I've just discovered that Indy 500 is playable with a joystick on the 2600+.  Moving the joystick left and right will rotate your vehicle accordingly.  Sadly, the same is not true for Indy 500 XE.  I'm guessing Plaion set up some kind of custom control scheme .  Hopefully it's one that extends to PAL users and can be extended to other games if Driving controller support if off the table.

Yes, I realized that, but the joystick driving experience is very annoying, and the position of the joystick button to accelerate while trying to drive left and right is insufferable.
Only a driving controller with a steering wheel allows you to enjoy this wonderful game.

I still hope that the Atari 2600+ will be upgradeable to the driving controller.

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