Archive for the ‘PS3 Gaming’ Category

EagleEye – PS3 Gaming with PC Keyboard/Mouse (part 3)

September 5, 2010

So, I finally got to play BFBC2 (BattleField: Bad Company 2) with my EagleEye and a cheap USB keyboard and mouse.

I decided to dive into the single player game just to get my feel of the controls. I died quite a bit in the WWII Japanese scenes. I kept having to adjust the sensitivity of the game so the mouse would feel good. I played for about an hour.

Conclusion: It’s no where near as accurate or effective as playing with a mouse/keyboard on the PC. However, it is many times more effective than playing with the PS3 controller.

I then dove into BFBC2 multi-player. It’s quite a different game on the console. You can tell the skill levels are MUCH lower. And it was trivial to rack up some serious pwnage in just a couple of minutes. I experimented playing around just to get the feel of the game. I played for about an hour and enjoyed the experience over-all. It was certainly not as tight at the PC experience. However, I could actually get into playing the game on the PS3.

Summary: The EagleEye is a winner for me, at least with two hours of play in BFBC2. However, the initial cost of getting it to work was way too high.

In my next post, I will share what my expectations were which ended up being quite a bit too high compared to what Penguin United eventually delivered…

EagleEye – PS3 Gaming with PC Keyboard/Mouse (part 2)

September 3, 2010

Arising early on Saturday morning, I skedaddled out to BestBuy and bought the cheapest USB keyboard I could get. My goal was to test everything before making a commitment. And besides, the keyboard would work or not. There is only so fast I can actually click buttons.

I got back home very excited. I got the EagleEye out and reviewed the small single sheet of instructions provided. They were pretty sparse. I was too excited to care. I got the software (micro-sized) CD into my laptop and then plugged in the naked EagleEye; no keyboard and/or mouse plugged into it yet. I then carefully looked at the BFBC2 manual and slowly mapped the keyboard keys to the appropriate slots in the very rudimentary windows application that popped up. The text of the paper instructions were not clear. The application GUI was clearly designed and written by a hardware oriented person. It sucked. It didn’t follow standard windows GUI API customs. It misused radio-buttons, text boxes, etc. As I tried to make sense of the different bits of unclear English, I started having concerns about how to get things functioning. There’s a note about having to define all the key slots even if you aren’t going to use that particular PS3 button. And all the slots are empty. There isn’t a reasonable set of defaults provided from which one might override (or if there were, it was certainly unclear how to access them).

Thus began the 8 hours of fiddling around with the following loop:

  1. Plug in EagleEye to PC
  2. Run key map application (crap UI)
  3. Remove EagleEye
  4. Attach keyboard/mouse to EagleEye
  5. Attach EagleEye to PS3 (at main screen)
  6. Start BFBC2 (BattleField: Bad Company 2)
  7. Try out the key configuration, which didn’t work quite right (the WASD keys were not working even though they were mapped to left analog joystick)

This quicky got quite laborious. After many loops (+10) and interruptions (have other things to do on a Saturday than dedicate full time to this), I finally figured out the issue. The keyboard arrow keys cannot be assigned without blocking the WASD keys. So, once I changed the left control pad’s four buttons to the keypad (8462), the WASD keys worked. And I was out of time. I was  not able to actually get any play time. It was all burned up getting the EagleEye working. Naturally, I was a bit frustrated. I wouldn’t get another chance to try it out until late Monday evening.

So, thanks to some very crappy software written by a hardware company and some weird anomaly around using the keyboard arrow keys, I finally got the freakin thing working.

And I will share what happened when I got to play both single player and multi-player BFBC2 on Monday night in my next post…

EagleEye – PS3 Gaming with PC Keyboard/Mouse

August 30, 2010

I’m a PC gamer bigot. I admit it. In fact, I am quite proud of it. Well, except for the Wii. It rocks…for holidays with the kids. Otherwise, it dutifully collects my apartment’s dust for me. However, that’s as close to console gaming I have been willing to go in the last 4 years.

I got a PS3 two years ago. I got it for the Blu-Ray player. I wanted it to also be a game machine. However, I tried BioShock. And while the graphics rocked. Gameplay sucked. And it was not because of the content. It was because of the EFFIN controller. Console controllers. They are MADE to ensure competent PC players do NOT play consoles. I’m convinced of it.

Then, at this year’s E3 (2010), I heard about something called the EagleEye. The claims being made were that you could attach a computer mouse and keyboard to this device, plug it into the PS3 and you wouldn’t have to touch the abysmal POS that is the PS3 controller. That got me excited. So, I signed up for Penguin United’s email list and watched both YouTube videos available. I waited with baited breath for mid-July, the time frame they were giving people at E3. Mid-July came and went and nothing came via email. I resorted to scanning the comments on the YouTube videos to glean whatever information my OCD brain could find on a new release date. I posted comments and emailed the company asking (begging) them to send out an email to their distribution resetting expectations. Nothing.

And then Monday, Aug/23rd, I got an email saying they were taking orders. I hopped on their site and had an order squared away in no time. I was to get it on Friday or Monday. I avidly watched my UPS tracking number and must have hit the UPS site several thousand times a day. And on Friday, Aug/27th, the web-site said it was at my apartment’s office. Naturally, I raced out of work, got it from my office and ran to my apartment.

I tore it open and pried it out of it’s multiple layers of packaging. I finally had it in my hand. Whoohoo! However, I now realize it is going to require a PC to “program” the initial configuration. And then I can use it on my PS3. And I had girlfriend activities scheduled for the remainder of the evening. I wouldn’t get a chance to do anything with it until the morning. Plus, I didn’t have a (non-wireless) USB keyboard or mouse. So, I would be trekking out to purchase those before getting to dig in.

I was SO excited, though. I couldn’t wait to obtain BFBC2 (Battlefield: Bad Company 2) and try it out on the PS3. I loved it on the PC. So, it would be the perfect test to see how well the EagleEye performed.

Story continued in next post…