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I am buidling a Windows 10 HTPC/Gaming system for the Family Room. 90% of my current gaming is on PS4, and the PC games I have I mostly play Civilization and strategy games. However, I do have a backlog of older games and a few newer. For example, I would like Dark Souls (first one) on PC and use wired Logitech F310 (supports Xinput and DirectInput). The new system will be attached to a 55" TV and I sit more than 10ft away. I can always get a USB extension cable, but I would prefer wireless.

XBox360: I know it will work, and cheapest, quality option (AA batteries unless I get a charge kit)

Xbox One: Really thinking this is way to go as newest controller, and the new dongle supports chat and multiple controllers (same issue with AA batteries)

The HTPC does have blue tooth so PS4 controller (not sure how that works if PS4 is right next to the system (do I have to make sure it is 100% off?). May sound silly, but thing I don't like is action buttons on games don't match. . .yeah I have it figurred out that A is an X on PS4. . .Just an annoyance. However, PS4 is the superior of the all the controllers and already have charging station.

Something else?

I would like to hear thoughts and suggestions. I was thinking of getting USB extension for F310 so I have support for older games and get the XBox One.

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You basically named them. Get the xbone controller since it is much nicer than the 360 variant. The Steam Controller is a close second and superior to use for Mouse/Keyboard only games. Xpadder is just a mess to try and get working, better to throw down some cash to avoid it altogether.

I would suggest the PS4 controller, but you have to do several workarounds that make it an annoying task.
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You basically named them. Get the xbone controller since it is much nicer than the 360 variant. The Steam Controller is a close second and superior to use for Mouse/Keyboard only games. Xpadder is just a mess to try and get working, better to throw down some cash to avoid it altogether.

I would suggest the PS4 controller, but you have to do several workarounds that make it an annoying task.
Thanks. Also, I got a K400 Plus keyboard with the trackpad for this as well. I just haven't come up with a compelling reason which way I should go. I will probably go with the XBone and get an extension cable for the Logitech as backup.
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Don't do it. Unless you only play filthy casual games.
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Don't do it. Unless you only play filthy casual games.
Filthy Casual is a term reserved by the PC master race when talking about those console plebs that don't understand what gaming should be.
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Filthy Casual is a term reserved by the PC master race when talking about those console plebs that don't understand what gaming should be.
Or for people who use wireless accessories. Unless you're playing filthy casual games that don't require lightning reflexes.
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Or for people who use wireless accessories. Unless you're playing filthy casual games that don't require lightning reflexes.
I'll give you that, I use wires to get that last speed of light advantage.
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I'll give you that, I use wires to get that last speed of light advantage.
Not to be pedantic () but electrical signals don't travel at the speed of light.
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Not to be pedantic () but electrical signals don't travel at the speed of light.
That's why you use the Monster Cables with the gold connectors. Everyone knows this.

more seriously though, this thought experiment has always bothered me.

Say you have a really long stick and you push one end of it. Next to this stick you are pointing a light along the same path and you flash it at the same moment you push the stick.

The light will reach the end of the stick before the end of the stick has registered the push. meaning, a person standing there will see the light before they are poked by the stick.

The poking stick only propagates at the speed of sound while light travels at the speed of light.

I understand the science behind it, but it angers me. It also means that my TV remote is faster then the stick I used to use when I couldn't find the remote.
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That's why you use the Monster Cables with the gold connectors. Everyone knows this.

more seriously though, this thought experiment has always bothered me.

Say you have a really long stick and you push one end of it. Next to this stick you are pointing a light along the same path and you flash it at the same moment you push the stick.

The light will reach the end of the stick before the end of the stick has registered the push. meaning, a person standing there will see the light before they are poked by the stick.

The poking stick only propagates at the speed of sound while light travels at the speed of light.

I understand the science behind it, but it angers me. It also means that my TV remote is faster then the stick I used to use when I couldn't find the remote.
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Quote from Pedantyc View Post :
That's why you use the Monster Cables with the gold connectors. Everyone knows this.

more seriously though, this thought experiment has always bothered me.

Say you have a really long stick and you push one end of it. Next to this stick you are pointing a light along the same path and you flash it at the same moment you push the stick.

The light will reach the end of the stick before the end of the stick has registered the push. meaning, a person standing there will see the light before they are poked by the stick.

The poking stick only propagates at the speed of sound while light travels at the speed of light.

I understand the science behind it, but it angers me. It also means that my TV remote is faster then the stick I used to use when I couldn't find the remote.
Don't you think there is a slight registration delay for recognizing the light though?
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You basically named them. Get the xbone controller since it is much nicer than the 360 variant. The Steam Controller is a close second and superior to use for Mouse/Keyboard only games. Xpadder is just a mess to try and get working, better to throw down some cash to avoid it altogether.

I would suggest the PS4 controller, but you have to do several workarounds that make it an annoying task.
Unless you get one of the better XB1 controllers like the Forza controller I don't think the plain XB1 controller is better than the 360 controller.

The plain xb1 controllers feel cheaper and to me aren't as comfortable
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For fighting games on PC I use Wii U Pro controller with a USB wireless control adapter.
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Don't want to thread jack but been considering the same idea of converting my standard desktop which I have been using as a plex server into an HTPC for media/gaming/etc in the family room. Somewhat for power saving issues but also because I have an 8yr old neighbor and want to try and expose him to some of the older non violent video games out there (aka N64 smash brothers Smilie ). Is it possible to do a lower energy system which can do game emulations, connect 4 controllers, act as a media server, and isn't too costly?
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Don't want to thread jack but been considering the same idea of converting my standard desktop which I have been using as a plex server into an HTPC for media/gaming/etc in the family room. Somewhat for power saving issues but also because I have an 8yr old neighbor and want to try and expose him to some of the older non violent video games out there (aka N64 smash brothers Smilie ). Is it possible to do a lower energy system which can do game emulations, connect 4 controllers, act as a media server, and isn't too costly?
Easily, I have had systems do all of that which were basically potatoes. You can emulate everything up to ps1 on nearly anything built in the last decade. I was using a crappy single core Pentium 4 laptop for a while as an htpc.
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