Using Sega Genesis controllers on PC?


#1

I notice the back of my pc has a port that a sega genesis controller would fit right into. Can I plug it in, then install a driver or something to make it work?


#2

Nope…

Are you talking about the serial ports? Those are a bit diff, I believe Genesis port are proprietary but you would need to consult google.


#3

No, I believe he’s talking about oldschool dedicated Gameports which are different. Pretty much all game controllers before USB used a “gameport” which is the same spec as serial but uses less pins if I remember correctly.

You can use Genny controllers on Atari 2600 and Atari 800 computers, I am not sure about PC gameports though, I don’t think so.


#4

There was a site that specialised in converting your old controllers for USB/PC use. Retro somethin…Gotta look it up.

Edit: http://www.retrousb.com/index.php?categoryID=79
Note: They used to have Genesis and others consoles, never used the service but I’m sure an e-mail should clear things up in terms of inventory.

Edit 2: If you want a easy to use USB controller with NO hassle, get a Logitech Precision, very good for ol’ skool stuff. And for only $9.95 (what I payed for it at my local Gamestop) it maps in with little ease, just config what ever program your using and your off and running.


#5

You could use genesis pads on the parallel (printer) port with drivers like ppjoy or directpad, but you’d have to make or buy a (very simple) DB9–>DB25 cable to plug it in.