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dualshock-controller

Eventing API layer over HID for the Sony DualShock 3 and DualShock 4 controllers

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dualshock-controller Eventing API layer over HID for the Sony DualShock 3 and DualShock 4 controllers

Installation:

OSX/Windows:

npm install dualshock-controller

Linux:

Review the Linux support section.

Using the DualShock library

Important: THE CONTROLLER WILL NOT SEND ANY DATA IF YOU DO NOT PRESS THE PS BUTTON.

var dualShock = require('dualshock-controller');
 
//pass options to init the controller. 
var controller = dualShock(
    {
        //you can use a ds4 by uncommenting this line. 
        //config: "dualshock4-generic-driver", 
        //if using ds4 comment this line. 
        config : "dualShock3",
        //smooths the output from the acelerometers (moving averages) defaults to true 
        accelerometerSmoothing : true,
        //smooths the output from the analog sticks (moving averages) defaults to false 
        analogStickSmoothing : false
    });
 
//make sure you add an error event handler 
controller.on('error', err => console.log(err));
 
//DualShock 4 control rumble and light settings for the controller 
controller.setExtras({
  rumbleLeft:  0,   // 0-255 (Rumble left intensity) 
  rumbleRight: 0,   // 0-255 (Rumble right intensity) 
  red:         0,   // 0-255 (Red intensity) 
  green:       75,  // 0-255 (Blue intensity) 
  blue:        225, // 0-255 (Green intensity) 
  flashOn:     40,  // 0-255 (Flash on time) 
  flashOff:    10   // 0-255 (Flash off time) 
});
 
//DualShock 3 control rumble and light settings for the controller 
controller.setExtras({
  rumbleLeft:  0,   // 0-1 (Rumble left on/off) 
  rumbleRight: 0,   // 0-255 (Rumble right intensity) 
  led: 2 // 2 | 4 | 8 | 16 (Leds 1-4 on/off, bitmasked) 
});
 
//add event handlers: 
controller.on('left:move', data => console.log('left Moved: ' + data.x + ' | ' + data.y));
 
controller.on('right:move', data => console.log('right Moved: ' + data.x + ' | ' + data.y));
 
controller.on('connected', () => console.log('connected'));
 
controller.on('square:press', ()=> console.log('square press'));
 
controller.on('square:release', () => console.log('square release'));
 
//sixasis motion events: 
//the object returned from each of the movement events is as follows: 
//{ 
//    direction : values can be: 1 for right, forward and up. 2 for left, backwards and down. 
//    value : values will be from 0 to 120 for directions right, forward and up and from 0 to -120 for left, backwards and down. 
//} 
 
//DualShock 4 TouchPad 
//finger 1 is x1 finger 2 is x2 
controller.on('touchpad:x1:active', () => console.log('touchpad one finger active'));
 
controller.on('touchpad:x2:active', () => console.log('touchpad two fingers active'));
 
controller.on('touchpad:x2:inactive', () => console.log('touchpad back to single finger'));
 
controller.on('touchpad:x1', data => console.log('touchpad x1:', data.x, data.y));
 
controller.on('touchpad:x2', data => console.log('touchpad x2:', data.x, data.y));
 
 
//right-left movement 
controller.on('rightLeft:motion', data => console.log(data));
 
//forward-back movement 
controller.on('forwardBackward:motion', data => console.log(data));
 
//up-down movement 
controller.on('upDown:motion', data => console.log(data));
 
//controller status 
//as of version 0.6.2 you can get the battery %, if the controller is connected and if the controller is charging 
controller.on('battery:change', data => console.log(data));
 
controller.on('connection:change', data => console.log(data));
 
controller.on('charging:change', data => console.log(data));
 

Linux support:

In order to provide Rumble/Gyro and LED support for all platforms the linux specific joystick implementation has been removed. This means you will need to:

Install node-hid build requirements

To build node-hid you will need to install:

  • libudev-dev
  • libusb-1.0-0
  • libusb-1.0-0-dev
  • build-essential
  • git
  • node-gyp
  • node-pre-gyp

Using apt-get:

sudo apt-get install libudev-dev libusb-1.0-0 libusb-1.0-0-dev build-essential git
npm install -g node-gyp node-pre-gyp

Install node-hid with hidraw support

Once you have run the installation scripts above you can install the node-dualshock module, then replace the installed node-hid with hidraw support enabled node-hid:

npm install dualshock-controller
npm install node-hid --driver=hidraw --build-from-source

Create udev rules

You will need to create a udev rule to be able to access the hid stream as a non root user.

Write the following file in /etc/udev/rules.d/61-dualshock.rules

SUBSYSTEM=="input", GROUP="input", MODE="0666"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0268", MODE:="666", GROUP="plugdev"
KERNEL=="hidraw*", SUBSYSTEM=="hidraw", MODE="0664", GROUP="plugdev"
 
SUBSYSTEM=="input", GROUP="input", MODE="0666"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="05c4", MODE:="666", GROUP="plugdev"
KERNEL=="hidraw*", SUBSYSTEM=="hidraw", MODE="0664", GROUP="plugdev"

Reload the rules sudo udevadm control --reload-rules, then disconnect/connect the controller.

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2017 Ricardo de Pena

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