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Old 11-11-2011, 09:08 AM   #1
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Using a Mouse and Keyboard on a console. My experiance

As some of you may know Iíve been having problems for some time trying to play FPS using a controller on the PS3 and XBOX 360. If shooting the sky was the aim of the game I would be the daddy. Well I had to find a way of plugging a mouse and keyboard into my console for use in game.



At first I found something called a XCM XFPS 3.0 Sniper Plus to use with my XBOX 360. Which was ok but I soon got bored as it wasnít very accurate and it was very hard to configure for each game (not a 1-1 feel of the PC or even close). At that point I gave up and tried to adapt to the controller playing Zombies on Black Ops on the PS3, as I wasnít good enough to play against real people. Iíve very slowly been getting better but still miss the speed and accuracy a mouse and keyboard give but I couldnít afford to buy a decent PC or anywhere to put it.

The day came that Battlefield 3 was released and Iíve been waiting for this game ever since Desert Combat. My first outing with the game and it was amazing but the same problem hit me again!! That dam sky just would not die lol. On average Iíve been getting 2-4 kills per game if Iím lucky and this was ruining the fun I use to have on Desert combat.
Then I remembered a while back that there was a device called Xim2 but this needed a PC to run. At the time they were still developing a 3rd generation version that didnít need a PC to work. Sure enough it had been released boasting



ē Next-generation console input adapter
ē Game on your Xbox 360 using your favorite PC gaming-grade hardware
ē Mice, Keyboards, Joysticks, and Gameboard compatibility
ē Unsurpassed in-game 1-to-1 feel thanks to advanced Smart Translator technology
ē Simple configuration through an on-board full-color LCD screen
ē Real-time feedback through the LCD to guide you to your optimal settings
ē Supports your existing Xbox headsets and chatpads
ē Firmware upgradable
ē Active community forum

As I had sold my XBOX 360 I needed a way to get this to work on my PS3, thats when this little chap came to mind.



Armed with a debit card the shopping list soon racked up

Hardware Compatibility List
http://www.xim3.com/community/index.php?topic=8399.0
XBOX 360 wired controller (needed to control the xim3)
XIM3
XBOX to PS3 controller converter
Gaming mouse with a 5600 dpi (call of duty stealth mouse (RAT 7 internals))
Gaming mouse pad (Razor Vespula)
Gaming Keyboard (Belkin n52te)

All the items turned up in the post. The build quality of the XIM3 is the same as any other device off the shelf and really didnít expect it (as it was developed in someones bedroom lol). Trying to juggle the family and trying the XIM3 out was a mission. First impressions I had straight out of the box was the mouse was very laggy and the controls were all in the wrong order. A quick search on XIM3 forums told me that I had to configure the mouse through the XIMManager because the RAT 7 mouse always returns an AUX constant so I couldnít use the XIM3s on screen to configure this (Other mice on the list can be configured using the on screen menus). I also found out that my TV was not turned onto game mode which was causing the mouse lag.

With all the changes in place and Battlefield 3 loaded I was off. The mouse movements were so fluid just the same as the PC. After 5 mins of playing as it was getting late I had racked up 4 kills and gaming on FPS just feels like so much fun again.
If youíre a PC gamer thatís moved to consoles but having problems with controllers i would but one of these instantly!!! Itís that good!!!

I now have 5 smart translated loaded on the XIM3 for Black ops, Rage, Dead Rising 2, so on... and nothingís going to stop me now.

10/10!!! AMAZING bit of kit. Don't buy the cheap crap ones
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:39 AM   #2
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Re: Using a Mouse and Keyboard on a console. My experiance

Great review there Obladeo, really informative.
Seems like an awful lot of stuff to go through but if you dont have access to a computer then its definately a worthy alternative.
As Plat said in a different thread, there are peripherals available for near enough every genre on consoles so I dont see how this is any different.

Enjoy being accused of cheating constantly though haha
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:25 PM   #3
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Re: Using a Mouse and Keyboard on a console. My experiance

With the way PC gaming is going, I think youre going to start seeing a big increase in people looking to these solutions.

Im tempted myself to be honest...
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Re: Using a Mouse and Keyboard on a console. My experiance

There are cheaper options out there

e.g.
Amazon.com: Fragfx Shark 360 - Xbox 360 Wireless Controller: Video Games Amazon.com: Fragfx Shark 360 - Xbox 360 Wireless Controller: Video Games

Tactical Assault Commander 3 (PS3): Amazon.co.uk: PC & Video Games Tactical Assault Commander 3 (PS3): Amazon.co.uk: PC & Video Games

All are crap compaired to the XIM3 and they are just a waste of money
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Re: Using a Mouse and Keyboard on a console. My experiance

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With the way PC gaming is going, I think youre going to start seeing a big increase in people looking to these solutions.

Im tempted myself to be honest...
Sadly enough I have to agree
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Re: Using a Mouse and Keyboard on a console. My experiance

Is this because of battlefield? I heard it's proper messed up on the PC version
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Re: Using a Mouse and Keyboard on a console. My experiance

Works fine for me, could do without Origin and Battlelog though and it would be nice to have lan support.
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Re: Using a Mouse and Keyboard on a console. My experiance

It did pee me off that while testing the xim3 i had to join a game. I would have liked to create my own with a password just for testing.
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Re: Using a Mouse and Keyboard on a console. My experiance

Kind of tempted by this myself.
I find myself playing more and more games online on my console, only game i really play online on PC is CoD4 :/
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Re: Using a Mouse and Keyboard on a console. My experiance

The battlefield 3 Smart translators have now been updated and also a new MW3 one added.

So so smooth and acurate
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I've been tempted by this SO many times, and it's because of reviews like this that I may just start saving for one!
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Re: Using a Mouse and Keyboard on a console. My experiance

Theres 2 on ebay atm but tbh i wouldn't buy from the UK as the prices are stupid. Just order straight from there site
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Or get a pc
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Re: Using a Mouse and Keyboard on a console. My experiance

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Theres 2 on ebay atm but tbh i wouldn't buy from the UK as the prices are stupid. Just order straight from there site
out of stock

http://store.xim3.com/XIM3_p_8.html
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Or get a pc
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Looks like they have a cheaper version out soon, so tempted so I can see what all this fuss is about on Halo 3+ games and Gears of War.

http://store.xim3.com/XIM3_p_12.html
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