Dual Strike - Page 3
How It Works
There are essentially two possible ways to use the Dual Strike.
The first method is used in Quake-style games and the second,
for flight simulators. The two configurations are interchanged
via the Control Panel -> Game Controllers -> Settings tab.
In Dual Strike FX Mode,
the controller is used in the way I explained earlier. The
directional hat switch will control movement and the PC will
control perspective view. In Joystick Mode, the hat
switch will be inactive and the PC will still control the
direction you face. You will have to set the Dual Strike to
be in this mode in simulators or the hat switch will be used
for view control instead. This can be difficult as the hat
switch is neither as flexible nor as intuitive as the PC.
The speed and sensitivity of
the PC can be set via a Settings tab shown below. There are
two main controller settings that you can tweak; The Aiming
Zone and the Spin Zone.
The Dual Strike Properties
The Aiming Zone refers to the
game display that is bounded by the extreme positions of the
PC. Suppose we move the PC to the extreme left, right, top
and bottom. The area encompassed by these four points constitutes
the Aiming Zone. In a FPS, this can exceed what you currently
see on the monitor. Changing the settings in the Aiming Zone
will affect the sensitivity and speed of the controller within
The Spin Zone is the game display
outside the Aiming Zone which requires you to move the PC
to one of four extremes for a while to reach. In other words,
you "spin" about the axis while the PC is locked in one direction.
Changing the settings in the Spin Zone will affect how fast
and sensitive you turn while the PC is locked.
These settings will have to
be custom adjusted to suit individual games. For example,
you might need to turn hard and fast in Unreal Tournament,
but some slack is required in the cockpit of a fighter in
FreeSpace 2. Fortunately, there are already some thirty top
game profiles available in the SideWinder Game Controller
software which you can use. Alternatively, you can save customised
preferences for future use.