A lot can be found for interfacing a Wii-mote, but almost nothing could be found for accessing the new PS3 controller. This is not yet a complete highly re-usable library. Instead it looks more like a hack. But it does provide the eager programmer a way to communicate with a PS3 controller. The biggest trick is the mapping of the received data-block to a nice and easy struct. I made a variable for all buttons, so even the combined bits in a BYTE are mapped to a 'bool'.
The PS3 controller does get recognized by Windows, but before the controller reacts on our request, the following driver should be installed. (Tested under Windows XP and Windows Vista).
Some info I found was using delphi SixAxis on Windows.
Some info I found was mad for accessing a USB temperature device from Cyprus Using the HID class eases the job of writing USB device drivers.
For a big explanation on the USB-HID calls, look at the last link.
Using the Code
When the application is started it will register for device-connection events. When a PS3 controller is connected the '
ThreadPS3' is created. This thread will contiuosly fill a struct of type
PS3_data. This struct will contain all buttons. Digital and analog values.
For demo purposes I also made a '
Format' method, which make a output string, to show in the dialog of the current state of the controller.
One nice thing about
C is the ability to let the compiler help in splitting up a raw data structure.
typedef struct tagPS3_data
Three of the features used are
nameless union and
data width settings:
This makes it possible to 'group' a set of variables, while not needing to add the struct name in the variable name. Instead of
PS3_data.Report.LAnalogX we can simply use
A second feature is the abilty to use the struct in a union. So you can map two structs to the same location, without the need to give this struct a name.
This makes it possible to let multiple variables be positioned on the same physical memory location. The variable
PS3_data.LAnalogX shares the same memory location with
data width settings
This makes it possible to map a number of
bool's to a
BYTE. This way we can use
PS3_data.Circle instead of
Why did I use this? Because now it is possible to fill the complete structure using a
memcpy to a PS3Data* and then be able to access all requested attributes both by name and by byte offset. The known parts of the struct can be accessed by name. And the unknown parts can be accessed by the direct
Another interesting code snippet is the use of
sprintf instead of
t += w;
Every call to
+= results in allocation of a little bit larger memory block and a copy of the complete previous data and a copy of the new data.
iPos += sprintf(&buffer[iPos],"test %d\r\n", 0 );
sprintf will return the number of the newly added characters in
iPos. This variable is used to feed the next call to
sprintf with the offset in the original buffer
&buffer[iPos]. Only thing to consider is ... the buffer MUST be large enough.
This as results in the following
void PS3_data::Format ( char* buffer )
int iPos = 0;
iPos += sprintf(&buffer[iPos],"LeftJoy:%d-%d RightPad:%d %d %d %d\r\n",
for ( ; id<=idMax;id++) iPos += sprintf(&buffer[iPos],"%02d:%d\r\n", id,
Points of Interest
When looking at the code, you will not think of me as a rocket scientist. But I hope you will see a way to include this in your own test applications.
My goal is to add some sort of filter driver, which makes the device identify itself as a DirectX controller. Which it already does, but the motion sensors are not coupled to DirectInput values.
It actually is not a SIX axis, but more like a NINETHEEN axis, since all joypad/firebuttons are all pressure sensitive buttons, so all are actually floating values of 0-255.
11 feb. 2008 - Initial version.
14 feb. 2008 - Added some code explanation. Added link to SixAxisDriver.exe
I'm a 31 year old full-time programmer ('76).
(Currently: Lead Software System Designer)