Tuesday, March 06, 2007 4:48 PM
I'm a Java programmer starting a new project using C# to capture user input from a USB gamepad or joystick in order to control a camera (e.g. pan it, zoom in etc.) as part of a wider application. I've done no C# before, but I do have a solid understanding of programming in general and have done a reasonable amount of VBA in the past.
I'm trying to figure out where I should start. I get the impression from reading this forum that this is probably the right place for this question - apologies if I've got that wrong - and that what I need to use is XInput (which replaces DirectInput which is part of DirectX ??). Am I correct here?
Will the XInput API allow me to control any joystick or gamepad I plug into a USB port, or does the specifics of getting the input from it vary by model?
Any pointers to relevant websites would be welcome, as would any pointers about what joystick/gamepad to use. The MS Common Controller for XBox 360 and PC looks like a good starting point to me.
Thanks very much in advance,
Tuesday, March 06, 2007 6:04 PM
The best place to start is to look at the DirectX DirectInput sample for C#.
You have to have the SDK installed anyway - so open the browser and look for the DirectInput samples.
The project is very simple to read and implement in C#.
Just curious - what kind of Joystick to you got?
Tuesday, March 06, 2007 6:59 PM
Thanks, I'll check it out.
Do you mean that I need to have the DirectX SDK installed?
Don't have a joystick yet. My first job is to decide which one to buy.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007 8:45 PM
If you're a beginner, XNA Game Studio Express is probably an excellent starting point. Tons of built-in tutorials, plus lots of additoinal help at http://creators.xna.com.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007 2:41 PM
About the Joystick - sincerely - If you have little cash - go with a high end one.
I know it sounds weird but in the long run it will save you money.
If you count the difference in fast food Value-Meals it ain't that bad.
If you get a Saitek X52 (ONLY !!! if you need two consoles) beware of a problem I discovered with the Mode button (posted in this forum).
To be able to read it you MUST keep the Joystick Properties window open at all times ( Control Panel - Game Controler).
Weird ... could not find explanation - is it a DirectX problem or an OS problem or a Saitek problem ...