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Controllers Configuration

RetroBat has a built-in feature that will automatically configure a controller based on the SDL library, in most cases there should be no user action to configure a controller.
In some cases however, if the autoconfiguration does not work or if the mapping generated by RetroBat is not correct (e.g. Nintendo controllers will have A, B, X, Y in wrong location), the autoconfiguration needs to be overwritten, to do so:

General Controller Configuration

From the main RetroBat screen, press "START" (RETURN on keyboard), then choose "CONTROLLER SETTINGS"
In the next submenu, choose "CONTROLLER MAPPING"
Confirm to move to the controller detection screen
Press and hold any button
Press and hold any button to go to the CONFIGURING screen
Press each button accordingly to finalize your controller mapping.
If your controller does not have that many buttons, hold a button (long-press) to ignore the current line and skip to the next one.
Note that at least you need to map A, B, D-PAD, START, SELECT and Hotkey.
The table hereunder gives you the standard mapping for the following controllers:
  • Microsoft XBOX
  • Playstation
  • Nintendo controller
Retrobat Key
Microsoft
PlayStation
Nintendo
A
A
B
B
A
Y
X
X
Y
START
START / OPTIONS
+
SELECT
SELECT / SHARE
-
D-PAD UP
D-PAD UP
D-PAD UP
D-PAD UP
D-PAD DOWN
D-PAD DOWN
D-PAD DOWN
D-PAD DOWN
D-PAD LEFT
D-PAD LEFT
D-PAD LEFT
D-PAD LEFT
D-PAD RIGHT
D-PAD RIGHT
D-PAD RIGHT
D-PAD RIGHT
L1
Left Bottom
L1
L
R1
Right Bottom
R1
R
Left Analog UP
Left Analog UP
Left Analog UP
Left Analog UP
Left Analog Left
Left Analog Left
Left Analog Left
Left Analog Left
Right Analog UP
Right Analog UP
Right Analog UP
Right Analog UP
Right Analog Left
Right Analog Left
Right Analog Left
Right Analog Left
L2
Left Top
L2
ZL
R2
Right Top
R2
ZR
L3
Left Thumb
Left Thumb
Left Thumb
R3
Right Thumb
Right Thumb
Right Thumb

Per-Game Controller Configuration

If, for any reason, the default controller configuration does not work for you or if you want to tweak your system, there is a possibility to deactivate controller autoconfiguration and to manage controller configuration directly in the emulator/core itself.
Autoconfiguration can be disabled globally, per system or per game.

Global deactivation

Open the Main Menu and go to GAME SETTINGS.
Disable AUTOCONFIGURE CONTROLLERS.

Per system deactivation

Open the System View Options and go to ADVANCED SYSTEM OPTIONS.
Then set AUTOCONFIGURE CONTROLLERS to OFF.

Per Game deactivation

Open the Game Options menu and go to ADVANCED GAME OPTIONS.
Set AUTOCONFIGURE CONTROLLERS to OFF
With AUTOCONFIGURE CONTROLLERS set to OFF, you need to configure your controllers directly in the Emulator.
To access the Emulator, you can go in the Retrobat System in the System View.
For RetroArch cores, you can create your own Game Controller mapping for the game by pressing F1 (hotkey +
A
) during game emulation and changing the controller configuration.

Fixing controller configuration issues

In case of issue with controls, follow the steps below:
  1. 1.
    Try to reconfigure your controller mapping
  2. 2.
    Use the Batgui tool to reset the controller configuration
  3. 3.
    Use the batgui tool to try different SDL version
  4. 4.
    Contact the RetroBat team
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