Tiny Hands Story - The Controller Struggle
I have tiny hands. That’s a fact that sounds pretty stupid to speak of, but since I have smaller hands than the Random Joe for whom most of products are manufactured, I constantly run into problems that requires me to find creative solutions to be able to do what everybody else can do with basic items you can find everywhere.
Controllers are big. By big I mean that since the firsts released, controllers got bigger and bigger over time and my hands stopped growing at some point, or I would look like the Cortical homunculus. The result is my own personal limit is the PS controller, and I’m not 100% comfortable with it to access to all the buttons and the lower trigger.
For some times now, I have been using my PS4 controller on Steam with a program aside to make it work. It was fine until a couple of months ago when it began to randomly behave, the left and right getting stuck (both joystick and pad), having the character running into walls until I would manage to unstuck it. On my very last attempt to platform with this controller, I had the pleasure to fancy my character running stuck to the right, then to the left, then again to the right and so on.
Comes the solution which is why I’m sharing this with you as maybe some of you struggle with the usual controllers which are sold nowadays, particularly the XBox one which is so huge that I can’t even reach all the buttons with the small version of it.
The reason why I’m making this post is to help people who may have similar problem so they know that there exists high quality alternative controllers working on Steam like a charm and how to set it up.
I got my eyes on controllers made by 8BitDo which makes small light weight controllers adapted for Steam, MacOS, Android and even have special receivers allowing you to use it on old consoles such as Super Nintendo, as well as new one such as Switch.
I chose a special edition of the N30 Pro, the Apple AP40 as it’s also compatible with iOS as I own an iPhone. Here is a video of it if you’re curious.
Now comes the “how to set up this beauty”
Turn it on and pair it with bluetooth. Congratulations you’re done for the most part. Yet there are still games which wont want to hear anything about this new controller, I had the problem with Figment which only accepted the controller at the launch of the game, but nope right after (go figure).
- Open steam and click on “Steam” on the top left, then click on settings.
- Once there, select the controller tab and click on “general controller settings”.
- Tick “Generic Gamepad Configuration Support” to get your 8BitDo to work correctly.
- Select your controller on “Detected Controllers” list, you’ll be requested which sort of controller it is, just select Generic Controller.
- Click on “Define Layout” and go through every option to associate your 8BitDo controller to Steam and voilà !
Quite simple in the end, configuring it that ways allows you to play most of the games without Big Pictures (which I dislike as full screen) and you can now enjoy playing with a small and light controller looking fancy ,) !