PC Magic Box is fairly simple to install and use, simply
plug the external device into a spare USB port (this
can be either on your main machine or via a USB hub
such as Netgear) and you are ready to go. One piece
of advice though, if you are installing the PC Magic
Box via a USB hub and you are running Windows XP you
will need to restart your machine before any joypads
you install will be recognised. It is normal under Windows
XP for the installation wizard to fail during installation
or present a balloon tip stating "A problem occured
during installation" this will be fixed once you
reboot your machine.
you do not have much room around your desk to place
this tiny piece of equipment at a comfortable and safe
place do not worry, the USB cable (which is fixed internally
and cannot be unplugged) is fairly lengthy and should
reach to a nice destination for you to sit comfortable
with your joypad and without causing any harm to your
PC or looking out of place.
device itself looks like it was designed for the Playstation
One with its gray looks and funny looking shape
but don't let that put you off, the Magic Box is designed
for use with the Playstation 2 controller and does work
tested the PC Magic Box using an out of the box Playstation
2 controller with Dual Shock on Grand Theft Auto 3 (PC).
At first the game did not recognise the controller but
on picking up the Logitech Rumble Pad for the PC the
game worked fine, to solve this we exited the game and
simply unplugged the PC controller from the USB port.
This of course moves the secondary joypad (the PlayStation
2 pad) up into first place and is recognised by gamers.
A little tip if this happens to you, do NOT uninstall
your old PC joypad, simply remove it from the USB port
as it can be a pain digging out your driver disc at
a later date.
we reloaded GTA3 and tried the game, it works like a
dream. It was like playing the PS2 version of GTA3 with
all the same controlls as the PlayStation 2 but with
much better looking graphics (1024x768 vs the PS2 resolution)
and an absolutely superb, responsive controller. Anyone
who owns a PS2 will tell you how much more comfortable
the PlayStation controllers are towards the bulky PC
counterparts and it realy does make a difference to
your gaming experience.
an hour or two blowing limbs off pedestrians we decided
to unplug the PS2 controller and try the Sega DreamCast
port, it works just as well as the PS2 pad but obviously
with less comfort as the pads are much larger. Having
said that it was great fun playing the PC version of
Crazy Taxi with a Sega DreamCast controller, almost
exactly like playing the DC version - awesome.
did not test what, in our opinion at least, is the odd
one out - the Sega Saturn port. The reason for this
is primarily because we do not have a Sega Saturn controller
to test and feel that the controller is the least comfortable
of the 3 pads supported anyway. The only reason we can
see for this port being in the PC Magic Box is that
Sega Saturn emulation is beginning to kick off and fans
of the system will be able to play those classic games
again with the feel of the real thing via the Saturn
controller. It certainly is the odd one out though,
PlayStation 2 and Sega Dreamcast are relatively new
machines but the Saturn is seriously dated.
easy to install but please read the review if
you are planning on installing under Windows XP
via a USB hub and/or you have an existing PC controller
installed on your system.
straight forward plug & play.
you are using a Sony Playstation/Sega Saturn or
possibly even a Sega Dreamcase emulator or maybe
you just like the feel (as we do) of the joypads
and want to experience it on your PC then this
is the BEST way to do it.
absolutely superb, well built piece of hardware
that allows you to plug almost any PlayStation,
Dreamcast or Saturn controller into your PC and
play great games with awesome controll.