Bluetooth to Apple II – Using an updated Firmware for Option 8’s RetroConnector
Over the last few months, I have written a few different versions of firmware for the Joystick RetroConnector (I’ve also mastered making the little device). I can connect Xbox, PlayStation, and most other 8Bitdo type Bluetooth controllers.
I always found flaws in other modern joystick adapters, either not giving full range analog, or no analog at all, or digital signals that were off, or needing a smart phone app as an intermediary, or worse – products sold out and impossible to find. The RetroConnector seemed perfect as it doesn’t need external power, its Opensource, and using an Arduino processor it seemed to me that it would feasible to upgrade the firmware to Bluetooth.
It worked amazing! I have full range analog, perfect digital, option keys for rumble effects, and for the first time a touch pad device (PlayStation) that works like a game paddle. Its awesome. Zero lag.A PlayStation 4 controller offers 4 directional options for game play , all at once - Digital direction, Full range analog, circular analog, and finger touch non-centering paddle!
I then started making graphic ‘skins’ for the controllers – to give that Apple II feel.
I think the result is amazing – and a bit contagious. As you can see. I cant stop making different beautiful controllers.
Let me know what you think. If you want one let me know. I’ve made a few dozen already. Special shoutout to Charles Mangin for the RetroConnector, and to the Circuits@Home folks for the USB code libraries. My code just pulls it all together.
Full Demos of the controller working with the software on YouTube. If anyone is interested reach out.