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May 11, 2014

X Beyond the Frontier supplemental controls with Joy2Key

Filed under: Gaming — Tyler @ 9:45 pm
If you read the article there will be a link to the control configuration I used. It requires, "Joy2Key" in order to get it to work.

If you read the article there will be a link to the control configuration I used. It requires, “Joy2Key” in order to get it to work.

I love the computer game known as, “X-Beyond the Frontier” it is an older game but amazing it is.

The game has to do with an experimental human ship, which ends up in the wrong part of the galaxy. (Actually, I don’t even know if I’m in the milky way galaxy at all! That’s how lost I am in this game.)

You start out very confused and in debt to reptilian creatures that are very nice.

No seriously…you owe them credits for how they repair your ship. And they want compensation. So you have to go out and buy low and sell high in order to repay your debt and continue on your merry way.

Although this game is designed for a casual joystick with only a few buttons and a keyboard. It is possible to get it working properly with an advanced flight stick like the Saitek X52 Flight Stick. As you can see from the video below, I’m using the X52 to control every aspect of the game so far, including the buying and selling of products…and communication with bases and trading ports.

Even though there are some tools that I haven’t attached or “bound” to my X52 controller, I’m waiting until I actually acquire those items in the game before I bind those keyboard controls to the flight stick. This way I don’t have a cluttered joystick with a lot to memorize.

CLICK HERE for a link to the Joy2Key configuration file that I made so far.

The file is called, xbeyond-joy2k.zip and if you unzip it, there will be a configuration file.

You will need version 5.2.1 of Joy2Key in order to properly use this configuration file (newer versions of the program may work. But I definitely recommend using version 5 if possible). If you are unsure what Joy2Key is and you want to learn more, I wrote an article on Joy2Key which goes into depth into the program. That article is available HERE.

joy2key is an awesome program that allows gamers to “Map” their preferred keyboard controls to specific buttons on a controller or joystick. In the case of X-Beyond the Frontier, there is a specific ship addon which allows a player to feel like he or she is traveling faster than her top speed which is called, SETA.

For some reason, this SETA (when purchased) is automatically mapped to the “E” button on the throttle portion of a Saitek X52 flight control stick. The problem is that the “E” button is very sensitive and it often clicks the SETA off and on repeatedly.

I mapped the “SETA” activation button to the small extra button on the throttle section of my X52. Being able to navigate through the trading screens without having to touch the PC keyboard makes the X-Beyond the Frontier experience much more immersive and enjoyable.

Check out the video below to see how much fun this is!

-Tyler

 

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