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Posted Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:52 PM
Posted Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:25 PM
Unless you have a 2800 or Video Arcade II to use them on, they're not really that useful, as it's the only console that has onboard hardware to switch between their joystick and paddle functions. (They could be used with a regular Atari system but would need to be hooked up with a Y-cable into the same controller jack for paddle usage...and who wants to futz with that?)
On top of that, they're just not great controllers. The fire buttons and joystick are somehow both stiff and mushy feeling at the same time. The paddle is pretty nice when clean, and the joystick is okay if the internal parts aren't worn out, but the fire buttons are its Achilles' Heel for me. The action is waaay too long on them, and not especially responsive anyway. Definitely a hand-cramper. And unfortunately, there's no good way to mod them to improve the response or tactile feel (microswitches alone would make a world of difference) without performing relatively extensive alterations to the shell and/or parts, so you're essentially stuck with what it is. Too bad; it could have been a pretty sweet controller--it certainly looks sweet!
TLDR: don't bother.
Edited by BassGuitari, Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:26 PM.
Posted Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:19 PM
Posted Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:06 AM
more of a novelty.
You answered your own question.
The Chances of you finding a working one is small. The spring for the fire button breaks and the white plastic that holds the potentiometer in the joy stick bends out of shape, turning the joystick unusable.
But, the spring is still available from best electronics.
Posted Sun May 27, 2018 8:52 PM
Does anyone know an easy way to remove the plastic cover on the joystick/paddle of this controller? I'm trying to clean/fix one and I thought the plastic cover would come out easily by just pulling out like the normal paddles. That doesn't seem to be the case and they seem to be glued or something. I'm afraid of breaking it buy using too much force.
Posted Mon May 28, 2018 2:44 AM
Posted Mon May 28, 2018 8:03 AM
I kind of like them. I have a pair that work perfectly. They're not something I would ever use regularly, but CX-40's aren't really either. They're just different. I think I got them with a vader and a bumch of games for like 40 bucks, though I can't say for sure. It was a while back.
Posted Tue May 29, 2018 12:00 PM
Great as a paddle, the smaller knob size makes a difference (twss). I swapped around some wires on the inside so the paddle works on any vcs. As others have said, the joystick blows.
Posted Wed May 30, 2018 7:20 PM
Edited by chopperthedog, Wed May 30, 2018 7:28 PM.
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