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GIMX stands for Game Input MultipleXer or Game Input MatriX. The purpose of this free software is to control a video game console with a computer (e.g. a PC or a Raspberry Pi). It works with the PS3, the Xbox 360, the PS4 and the Xbox One.
- over bluetooth: works with GNU/Linux (PS3, PS4) only. A compatible bluetooth dongle is required. A USB development board such as a Teensy 2.00 is required for pairing the bluetooth dongle with the PS4.
- over usb: works with GNU/Linux and Windows (PS3, PS4, 360, XOne). A USB adapter is required.
The application gets data from the peripherals (mice, keyboards and joysticks) and sends controls to the console over bluetooth or usb.
Other controls such as gesture or voice are possible through the use of external software that emulate peripherals.
GIMX features are further described on the Features page.
Compatibility issues are listed on the Compatibility page.
To contribute to GIMX, see the Contribute page.
GIMX is designed to run on a PC with Ubuntu or Windows. This is a strong requirement.
GIMX can run on smaller targets such as the Raspberry Pi or Thin clients running a small Linux distro.
About Ubuntu and Raspbian:
- The only supported versions are Ubuntu 14.04 and Raspbian Jessie, to use with latest GIMX.
- It's also possible to use Ubuntu derivates such as Linux Mint.
- Running GIMX in a virtual machine (vmware, virtualbox...) is NOT OFFICIALY supported (no help will be given for that).
- It's possible to run Ubuntu from a live usb disk (nothing is saved on the hard drive).
- Feel free to install Ubuntu on your PC! If you have a Windows OS installed, you can read this page if you want to install Ubuntu on your hard drive without erasing the Windows OS.
- Another way to use GIMX is to run it from a Ubuntu Live USB Persistent Flash Drive.
- GIMX can emulate a sixaxis/dualshock 3 or a dualshock 4 using a bluetooth dongle or an internal bluetooth module.
- This obviously only works with the PS3 and the PS4.
- This doesn't work with Windows because there is no appropriate access to the bluetooth stack.
- While all bluetooth dongles/modules can't work with GIMX, working dongles are quite common.
- Check the compatibility list.
- For PS4 only:
- A genuine DS4 controller is required because GIMX has to authenticate to the PS4.
- An AVR USB board such as the Teensy 2.0 is also required for the bluetooth pairing procedure.
- It works in both Ubuntu-based distributions and Windows.
- Using a specific Do-It-Yourself USB adapter, the following emulations are available:
- EMUJOYSTICKPS3: HID joystick emulation, with 16bit stick axes, for PS3
- EMUPS3: Sixaxis emulation, for PS3
- EMU360: 360 pad emulation, for Xbox 360
- EMUPS4: Hori Pad FPS Plus emulation, for PS4 (with touchpad support)
- EMUXONE: Xbox One pad emulation, for Xbox One
- EMUG29PS4: Logitech G29 gaming wheel emulation, with force feedback support for Logitech wheels (G27, G25, DFGT...)
- Third-party ready to use adapters are available here:
- GIMX can also work with a Titan One (formerly known as GamepadProxy/Cronus/CronusMax), which can emulate a gamepad (not a wheel), and can work with the PS3, the Xbox 360, the Xbox One, and the PS4.
- Forget about using any other USB to USB cable (like file transfer cables, or direct cables), they are not suited to this use.
- For 360: a genuine wired 360 controller is required because the USB adapter has to authenticate to the console. A wireless 360 controller with a play and charge kit will NOT work.
- For PS4: a genuine DS4 controller is required because GIMX has to authenticate to the console.
- For Xbox One: a genuine Xbox One controller is required because GIMX has to authenticate to the console. Controllers with the 3.5mm jack are not supported yet.
If you want to play console FPS games with a mouse, forget about using a mouse with anything less than 2000DPI and 250Hz.
A gaming mouse with 5000+ DPI and running at 500Hz is highly recommended.
Whereas a gaming mouse with more than 1600 DPI doesn't really make a difference on a PC, it's not the case with GIMX.
GIMX can decelerate mouse movements so as to counteract the in-game acceleration.
A high DPI mouse gives a better linearity (i.e. smoother movements) in this specific case.
First make sure you have the latest GIMX version.
Then look at the FAQ and the bug list, see if your problem is already known, and if it's not, report it.
If you think you may have misconfigured something, ask for help on the forum.
The GIMX version in these tutorials is 0.24: they are outdated.
Configuration & Calibration
This tutorial gives more details about how to adjust your configuration with gimx-config.
GIMX "the hard way"
Running GIMX from the command line
- GUI translation
- The GIMX Event library
- The gasync library (evolution of the GE library)
- Network API
- Use the DIY USB adapter as a cheap USB proxy (~$5)
- Use a BeagleBone Black as cheap a USB proxy (~$50)
- Controller protocols: