Retro-bit announce new/official Sega controllers

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  1. doc eggfan

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    I'm also interested in this. If I want a 6 button usb MD pad, should I get the Retro-bit ones or get a Jap/Asian MD mini for the included pads (or are they all the same?)
     
  2. Spanner

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    I don't know about Mega Drive Mini but I certainly wouldn't recommend their USB offerings until they fix the firmware on them, which clearly isn't in their interest.

    They forced Switch macros which make button combinations like A+Start undoable. I was in email contact with someone there and they said developers were on the case but it doesn't appear they have released any firmware specific to the wired controllers yet.

    So earlier in the year I sold my six button Mega Drive controller on eBay and later on was lucky enough to get a Saturn SLS USB controller at a really good price, very close to what I paid for the MD USB controller.

    So yeah, if you want a USB controller for PC, I'd certainly recommend keeping an eye out on good prices for SLS controllers. Not all sellers are offering them at expensive prices now.
     
  3. Crasher

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    Massive bump, but they actually released an update regarding the Analog Saturn/Dreamcast controllers last month.

    They've been delayed due to "various factors such as manufacturing shortages such as IC chips". Unfortunate, but to be expected considering how there's a shortage all around with components it seems.
     
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    Delayed is better than cancelled. If they space the sticks out more on the Saturn one so they don't clack together when you push them both inward, it'll be probably my favorite controller ever. Dreamcast one is a little weird, the improvements they've made to it are probably gonna leave it feeling kind of like a mix between the actual controller and the vastly superior Saturn 3D pad, which I wish they were remaking instead lol
     
  5. ICEknight

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    So... What's the button order in those?
     
  6. How do you find out the button order? I have both the original USB SLS pad and the wireless (not Bluetooth) Retrobit Saturn pad and can check. I’ll even check the Virtua Stick (which is almost definitely the same as the SLS pad).

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    Somebody already answered for the SLS controller, so I'll do the Retrobit:

    A = 3
    B = 2
    C = 8
    X = 4
    Y = 1
    Z = 7
    L = 5
    R = 6
    Home = 13
    Select = 9
    Start = 10
     
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  7. Spanner

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    Looking at the game controller properties in Windows:
    A = 1
    B = 2
    C = 3
    X = 4
    Y = 5
    Z = 6
    Rewind = 7
    Fast Ford = 8
    Start = 9

    I don't own the Retro-bit pad any more, this is only the button order for the USB SLS pad, so can't help with that.
     
  8. Kob

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    A couple of Instagram commenters recently asked if the Saturn 3D pads they teased at CES 2019 were still in the works -- Retro-Bit's community rep indicated that nothing is in development. I also prefer that controller to the Dreamcast pad, and a new version would present an opportunity to fully realize the possibilities of the connector port up top.

    In other news:
    • Crimson Genesis pads are available for preorder, available in 2.4 GHz wireless, USB, and console port configurations. Scheduled to drop "Holidays 2021."
    • Shortly after Nintendo announced its Genesis/MD 3-button pads for Switch, Retro-Bit shared concepts of the "Big 6" -- essentially a 6-button version of the original Genesis/MD pad, or a revised take on the MK-1470 pad. They're planning console port, USB, and 2.4 GHz wireless versions of these as well -- with USB-C(!) charging for the wireless option. Based on the concepts, the start button currently occupies the same spot as that of the old Remote Arcade Pad. It'll be interesting to see if they replicate the original controller's D-Pad design in the final, or if they opt to Frankenstein-in a 6-button style D-Pad instead -- similar to what they're envisioning for their Dreamcast controller.
    Speaking of D-Pads: Is anyone else bothered by the smooth texture of the Retro-Bit controllers' D-Pads versus the rougher, almost "powder-coat" finish of the originals? The new ones perform well, but the textured feel of the original D-Pads was part of what made them so nice to use. I'm planning to swap the D-Pads in my own Retro-Bit Genesis and Saturn controllers for OEM parts from older controllers to compensate.
     
  9. biggestsonicfan

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    Retro-bit has quietly discontinued their bluetooth line of Sega controllers, and resellers are starting to inflate prices already...
     
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  10. Willie

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    Whoa, thank you for the notice. o_O I was waiting for the analog Saturn controller to release before buying any of them, but I guess we are never going to get it now if they discontinued making Sega controllers?
     
  11. biggestsonicfan

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    The key word here is bluetooth, they are still making the 2.4GHz wireless versions. I do not like those. I have never had luck with 2.4GHz accessories.

    EDIT: So this affects things like pairing with Nintendo Switches and PCs
     
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    I wish I knew about that before getting a 2.4Ghz Wireless one. At least the one I have works well for what I do. Just wish I bought the bluetooth one so I could use it on a phone.
     
  13. Kob

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    Looks like there are still some Bluetooth models available through major sellers at their original price at this point. Meanwhile, I have noticed over time a few (most?) varieties of the 2.4Ghz Saturn controllers have sold out in the US, without restocks.