How to Play Two Joystick Games using One Joystick with an XAC and Titan Two

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Here at SpecialEffect many of the people we work with want to access games that require the use of both analog sticks on a standard controller or two joysticks. A lot of the people we work with are only able to access one analog stick or one joystick. There are a couple of ways here at SpecialEffect that we can help people to access both joysticks. The first is to use a “Walk Forward Switch” alongside a standard analog joystick or a different type of joystick.  If you want to see how to do this you can watch our video. In this video we will look at using a switch to swap joystick function during gameplay. This means you can access both the left and the right joystick even if you are only able to use one physical joystick or one of the standard analog joysticks on the controller. There are a couple of games available that have this built in as an accessibility feature this is “Uncharted 4” and “Shadow of the Tomb Raider”. If you want to use this setup this is the equipment you will need: You will need an Xbox Adaptive Controller. This is a device created by Microsoft and this will act as your switch interface. You will need a Titan Two – this is an adapter that was created by ConsoleTuner. This is a device that you will need to program to get this set up to work. You will also need an accessibility switch, whichever one suits your needs the best.  You can use this setup alongside any other accessibility devices you need for your gaming,  as long as they’re compatible for the Xbox Adaptive Controller. So this option will work on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch. In this setup an UltraStik joystick is plugged into the left USB socket on the Xbox Adaptive Controller and is acting as left joystick. When the green button is pressed the UltraStik now acts as the right joystick and controls the camera in the game. If I want the UltraStik to act as left joystick again I just press the green button again. In first-person shooters the left joystick controls the player movement and the  right joystick controls the camera. In this setup the UltraStik is plugged into the left joystick and the green switch is acting as a swap sticks button. When the green button is pressed the UltraStik changes from left joystick to right joystick and controls the camera. I also have a couple of Spec switches plugged into RT and LT to act as aim and shoot. In this setup I have placed an Ultra Light switch onto the controller to act as a swap sticks button. In this third person game the joystick by the chin is acting as left joystick by default. The blue Specs switch on the tray is acting as a swap sticks button. The joystick by the chin by default controls Link’s movement. When the blue Specs switch is pressed the joystick by the chin changes from the left joystick to right joystick and it controls the camera. So this setup does have its limitations because you’re only able to use the left or the right joystick one at a time it does mean that you’re not able to move and aim or use the camera at the same time. This won’t be a problem for some games however some games it might be difficult and you might need to be able to access a switch quite quickly to play them effectively. You will first need to program your Titan Two device this video will show you how to program the Titan Two with a pre-written script. It will not show you how to write your own script in Gtuner IV. So this script has been programmed to use the View button on Xbox One, the Touchpad on PlayStation 4 and the Minus button on Nintendo Switch as a “Swap Sticks” button. If you’re wanting to write your own script you could use any button on the standard controller as you’ll Swap Sticks button, however, you will lose the original functionality of this button so it’s probably best to choose something you don’t need to use very often. If you want to use our script download it and save it somewhere on your PC that you can easily find it. You need to download the Gtuner IV software from ConsoleTuner website, you can find the link to this in the description. Plug the USB lead to the comes if your Titan Two into the Program slot on the top of the Titan Two. You then need to plug this into the PC you are using that has the Gtuner software on it. Open Gtuner – find your file in the file explorer – click and drag your file to the slot 1 on the right hand side of the screen. This has now saved the script onto the Titan Two. If your file explorer isn’t on the left hand side of the screen click the open existing Gtuner file find your file wherever you saved it, double click and open it and then select the install active work to memory slot button and select Memory Slot 1. Unplug the Titan 2 from your PC change the cable over from program to output. Plug your Xbox Adaptive Controller into slot A on the bottom of the Titan Two. If you’re using this on PlayStation 4 you will need to plug an official PlayStation 4 controller into the slot B. If you are using this setup on Xbox One or the Nintendo Switch you do not need to plug an official controller in unless you want to use one as part of your setup. The screen on your Titan Two should default to a number one, if the screen displays a zero press the up arrow to change it to one. Plug your accessibility switch into the View button on the Xbox Adaptive Controller now when you press the switch your left joystick will become right joystick if you press it again it will sport back to left joystick. This script only swaps over the joystick function it does not swap the stick clicks. Thank you for watching this video, if you have any questions on accessible gaming, please contact SpecialEffect.

At SpecialEffect many of the people we work with want to access games that require the use of both analog joysticks when using a controller. As many people are able to use one joystick more comfortably than two, we look for ways to use the functions of both joysticks whilst actually using only one joystick. In this video one of our OT’s Frankie, shows one solution we use if using two joysticks is difficult using the Xbox Adaptive Controller and a Titan Two device.

Link to Walk Forwards Button video mentioned in this video: https://gameaccessblog.org.uk/how-to-play-first-person-games-using-a-walk-forwards-button/https://gameaccessblog.org.uk/?p=1903

Here are the links to the equipment used in this video (unaffilitated) :

Xbox Adaptive Controller: https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/a…

Titan Two: https://www.consoletuner.com/products…

Atec Ultra Light HD Switch: http://www.atengineering.us/index.php…

Ablenet Buddy Button: https://www.ablenetinc.com/buddy-button

Ablenet Specs Switch: https://www.ablenetinc.com/specs-switch

Maxess Small Tray: http://www.maxesssite.co.uk/html/mptr…

Ultrastik: http://oneswitch.org.uk/page/shop-ult…

Link to Walk Forwards Button video mentioned in this video: https://gameaccessblog.org.uk/?p=1903 

Console settings for using a Titan Two on PS4 or Nintendo Switch: https://gameaccessblog.org.uk/playsta… & https://gameaccessblog.org.uk/nintend…

Video by Cara Jessop

Music: Music from https://filmmusic.io “Airport Lounge” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…) Music from https://filmmusic.io “Wholesome” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…)