Make a Pinball controller with Razer Hydra!

UPDATED:  Second controller setup added below, using the digital buttons as flippers, which feels much better as well as a better plunger pop.  The Hydra triggers are wonky and not as reliable.

I love PinballFX2 in VR, it's AMAZING if you like pinball games. I don't have to fiddle with the best table view modes... its like a real machine!  I was inspired by Jeremy Williams article on DIY pinball controllers, I had to make one...but RIGHT NOW DAMMIT. The important part was the software used to map the Hydras to the xbox controls. More about that below...

I started digging around in my controller box, there they were... calling me back.

Razer Hydra controllers

Razer Hydra controllers

The split design let me use the buttons from each one, one for each flipper. I found some packing materials.  yeah it looks bad, but in 20min. I had a functional controller with a really cool plunger.

I poked some holes in the sides of the packing and slid each controller in, Analog facing. yeah, a real box would be better.  This fits everything inside with just the USB wire coming out. Awesome.

I poked some holes in the sides of the packing and slid each controller in, Analog facing. yeah, a real box would be better.  This fits everything inside with just the USB wire coming out. Awesome.

Finished.  An engineering marvel...waiting for Apple to call.

Finished.  An engineering marvel...waiting for Apple to call.

Playing PinballFX2 in the Rift..the clay containers added some weight. Really fun when you get into VR, none of the looks matter!

Playing PinballFX2 in the Rift..the clay containers added some weight. Really fun when you get into VR, none of the looks matter!

PC setup:

Get the 32bit http://www.x360ce.com/

1. make sure your Hydra is plugged in, I didn't install the Hydra software but if you have trouble try installing them.

2. Install the x360ce app into the PinballFX2 install folder, in your Oculus directory.

3,. Run it, create the .dll when prompted.

4. Do the auto setup, worked really well for me.

Setup A: Trigger buttons on Hydra settings: they are a bit wonky sometimes, hardware wise.

Setup A: Trigger buttons on Hydra settings: they are a bit wonky sometimes, hardware wise.

Setup B:  Using the Smooth numbered digital buttons as flippers, analog pull back on Right hydra as the plunger, much better!

Setup B:  Using the Smooth numbered digital buttons as flippers, analog pull back on Right hydra as the plunger, much better!

5. Save the configuration and close the app, each time you play you should hear a system bell, that's the software doing it's thing.

*The analog flippers act strange, I use the square buttons.  Still looking into it..

No matter how you set up the box, using hydras and software seems to be the easiest way to start. Fun Stuff until I get a real one going! - Drew

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