As the Revo will spend part of its duty as a game console (by way of console emulators), it only made sense to equip it with a set of wireless gamepads. You can spend a lot of money on gamepads, or if you're a low-requirements, don't-see-the-value-in-it, non-gamer like myself, who is only looking to satisfy the kids, you go the cheap route.
For this, Radio Shack sells the Gigaware PS3 Wireless Controller (mod # 26-1031). In my decidedly unlearned opinion, these are decent-enough controllers, though comparing to the XBOX controllers that I've held in-hand before, they don't have the heft or switch/button feel and responsiveness of those which cost twice the price. That stated, I'll feel much better about watching these cheap-o's fall off the sofa and skitter across the wood floor than I would a $60 model. These are pretty basic contollers, with all the requisite buttons, and a USB receiver which supports up to four devices. Good thing, because on the Revo, the receiver crowds-out use of the USB port next door and makes use of the port below/above it questionable.
Pairing these S.O.B.'s was a bit frustrating - expecting to plug the receiver in, turn on the controller, press the tiny little sync button on the receiver, then pressing the "PS" button on the controller was logically expected to do the trick. I found instead that a bit more fiddling was needed - as follows:
- Insert the receiver.
- Switch on the controller.
- Press the connect (sync) button on the receiver.
- Press the "PS" button on the controller.
- Press and hold the Select button and (press down) the left Joystick (L-Stick).
- Once the green light on the receiver goes solid, the sync should be complete.
- Fine-tuning can now be done in the device control panel, and button assignments in the various ROM configs.
- These controllers go to sleep after 10 minutes of non-use, wake them up by pressing the "PS" button.
One final note, the included instructions mention working the buttons/joysticks a few times before use - there must be mold release or grease on the contacts as I found the responsiveness to be poor and eratic until I had worked them in a bit.