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I'm going to talk about how to do this on Mac OS, sorry PC users

in order to do this, you will need to plug your PS4 DuelShock© controller into your computer

Then you will have to purchase Joystick Mapper

Then open joystick Mapper and make a new preset

Then config the preset to Pico-8 controls
Tip: press scan to easily pick the button/joystick you want to use

When done, exit the window and press the box in front of the preset to activate it
then use the controller test i supplied below to test it, change the settings if needed


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P#43768 2017-08-30 17:50 ( Edited 2017-09-10 10:50)

Joytokey is free and does this on PC for pc users

P#43798 2017-08-31 12:03 ( Edited 2017-08-31 16:03)

does pico not natively see ds4 controllers(from what ive seen ds4 are one of the few controllers that mac sees without any trickery)? it picks up my pokken controllers and wired 360 and im not running anything like joytokey though i am on win10

P#43808 2017-08-31 14:54 ( Edited 2017-08-31 18:57)

yep, native PICO-8 uses SDL2 gamepad API which knows about all the common controllers (including Dualshock 4) out of the box

i could see the need for using a keyboard mapper for the PICO-8 web player though, since that doesn't seem to have gamepad support yet.

P#43838 2017-09-01 11:34 ( Edited 2017-09-01 15:34)

Updated October 2014... Hmmm....

P#43911 2017-09-04 09:48 ( Edited 2017-09-04 13:48)


Yes, pico-8 doesn't natively use DS4, that's why you need a mapper

P#43914 2017-09-04 12:50 ( Edited 2017-09-04 16:50)

On Linux Pico-8 auto detected my game-pad and it works perfectly without having to setup anything.

P#44027 2017-09-09 12:50 ( Edited 2017-09-09 16:50)

Can you not install the SDL gamepad map for the DS4 to have pico8 recognise it out of the box? I'm pretty sure I did that all one of my gamepads.


P#44041 2017-09-10 06:50 ( Edited 2017-09-10 10:50)

I don't need joystick mapper - I just plug it in and it works!

P#111151 2022-05-01 17:28

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