Author Topic: Why aren't Sega making more USB Saturn controllers?  (Read 1157 times)

Offline Ben

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Why aren't Sega making more USB Saturn controllers?
« on: May 17, 2014, 05:39:25 AM »
I just thought I would bring this up, as this really bothers me.  IMHO, the best USB gamepad ever made for emulators is the Sega Saturn USB gamepad done by Sega's ST Labs circa 2004.  I bought one years ago, but it has worn out, and they now sell for $80+ on ebay!  There are some junky Play Sega branded controllers you can take board out of and put in a vintage Saturn controller, but you're either going to pay crazy money or break out a soldering iron to get one of these now.

So here's my question:  Why aren't Sega selling these?!  The ebay/Amazon prices show the demand is there, why not produce them?  Maybe Sega could try a Kickstarter, even?

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Re: Why aren't Sega making more USB Saturn controllers?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2014, 11:26:43 AM »
I totally agree and because of these Saturn controllers are now really rare and hard to get hold of!  :14:

Why Sega haven't just made one I don't know, losing out on a great revenue stream there.

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Re: Why aren't Sega making more USB Saturn controllers?
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2014, 09:17:25 AM »
Its probably down to SEGA not having the tooling to make the cases anymore, setting a line up would be tens of thousands also the License to produce a product with USB on it would be quite costly, so to make an item for a obsolete computer is not viable for a corp.

Maybe it is available via some OEM as a different product, or bankrupt stock somewhere.

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Re: Why aren't Sega making more USB Saturn controllers?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2014, 12:56:33 PM »
Nah, that's what China is for. Even making a few thousand over there would cost them pennies!

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Re: Why aren't Sega making more USB Saturn controllers?
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2014, 13:53:14 PM »
Quote from: "Lorfarius"
Nah, that's what China is for. Even making a few thousand over there would cost them pennies!

Well if there was money in it I would agree, but they would be doing this already, some of the stuff really looks like they only spent pennies to make.

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Re: Why aren't Sega making more USB Saturn controllers?
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2014, 13:54:41 PM »
anyhoo I have found this, would this be any good?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sega-Saturn-N64-Controller-Adapter/dp/B006ZBHXEO

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Re: Why aren't Sega making more USB Saturn controllers?
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2014, 22:16:38 PM »
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anyhoo I have found this, would this be any good?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sega-Saturn-N64-Controller-Adapter/dp/B006ZBHXEO

I actually have one, and it works as advertised, the issue is latency.  I mainly used my USB Saturn gamepad for MAME, particularly shmups, and latency is a deal breaker with those.  I'm just not a big arcade stick guy, for whatever reason.  I should point out they work with the PS3 as well, though, that's another thing that drove the prices up.  Currently I'm using this Mad Catz XBox 360 Brawl Pad - http://www.amazon.com/WWE-Allstars-Brawl-Pad--Collectors/dp/B007FERUHU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405977146&sr=8-1&keywords=brawl+pad  The XBox 360 controller driver for Linux is fantastic, so I'm able to use it that way, and it should work fine with Windows as well (no clue about Mac).  It's not bad, but it's a lot thicker and doesn't feel as good in your hand as a real ST Labs Saturn controller, I'd still take it over the cheaper Play Sega model, though.

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Re: Why aren't Sega making more USB Saturn controllers?
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2014, 08:38:36 AM »
I use a sony ps2 controller to xbox adapter for my arcade cab, I have had no issues with that.

You could probably make something up with an arduino, but that can take time.