Compatible game controller for Atari games

Compatible game controller for Atari games

Hello. I'm new to Tesla Forum and not sure if there's a way to search the forum for past thread.
Regarding compatible game controller for the Atari games on a Model 3, I've been reading the an XBox 360 wired controller will work.
Besides the XBox 360, does anyone know what other controller is compatible with the games?

Techy James | 2 mai 2019

I bought a USB Microsoft PC Game Controller that resembles the new Xbox One game controller and it works without issue. Other option use the scroll wheels on Steering wheel. I miss Pole Position where you could steer with the Steering wheel.

Jhattonc | 2 mai 2019

I just grabbed one of the controllers from my retropi and it worked fine... about $10 for a 2 pack

shanipatel93 | 2 mai 2019

My Xbox 360 controller did not work but I tried the Xbox 1 controller, and that did work.

richardcollins2 | 2 mai 2019

That sounds like a great way to keep the kids entertained while waiting. (Time to pull the old xbox 360 out of the closet and steal a controller.)

elecfan2 | 2 mai 2019

I had a no-name, generic playstation USB controller I had laying around in a box, plugged it in, and it worked. Probably most will work, they're cheap, get one from a thrift store and try it.

OrangeinCO | 3 mai 2019

I bought the cheapest option at Best Buy and it works great!

andrewsjra | 3 mai 2019

This is what I purchased to play wireless. It’s pretty much compatible with most main console controllers. I’m using a blue Xbox controller.

8Bitdo Wireless Bluetooth Adapter...

Xbox Wireless Controller - Blue

jball | 3 mai 2019

I used an old Xbox 360 USB controller and worked great.

SYM3 | 14 juin 2019

@Jhattonc I just bought these controllers and it only worked once when connected to the left USB port. However, when I unplugged and tried again, it didn't work. Are your controllers consistently working? If so which usb port do you use?

Mike83 | 14 juin 2019

Does a PS3 controller work? I may try it.

alfred143 | 29 juin 2019

PS# controller works on most games, but not the BB2 game.

tkk | 14 juillet 2019

I have tried with a PS3 and a PS4 controller with thw new game BB2. No luck

stebo1 | 21 juillet 2019


I grabbed those NES knockoffs from Amazon but can only get them to work with games that allow scroll wheel left and right. So Asteroids works, Lunar Lander, Tempest, etc. unfortunately more than half of them do not work (Centipede, Millipede, Super Breakout, and Beach Buggy).

I think with Beach Buggy it’s probably because that was programmed specifically for the Tesla; but the others will not work because their presets are touchscreen instead of scroll wheel. Anyone know how to change the settings and get around this?

stebo1 | 22 juillet 2019


david.e.sheets.61 | 25 juillet 2019

The ones below do not work for me.

I just grabbed one of the controllers from my retropi and it worked fine... about $10 for a 2 pack

prosperkenn1 | 30 juillet 2019

I grabbed some techie Xbox one wireless version which worked.
You can always look it up on Amazon.

stebo1 | 2 août 2019

Right, I was able to get them to work for certain games but has anyone found a controller that will work for Missile Command or Super Breakout? It seems like any of the games that are programmed to be played solely with the touch screen do not work with a controller.

stebo1 | 2 août 2019

Well, the most recent update seems to have kind of fixed it for some games but not others. Hopefully the next one will be even better

kamitchell | 2 août 2019

So does Xbox controller work?

acm0045 | 8 août 2019

@david.e.sheets.61 and @Jhattonc do that controller work for all games?

ghosty_palo | 8 août 2019

We tried one of our PS4 controllers with a USB cable connected to it and it worked for Asteroids and we thought we were done. However, an hour or so later we tried again and it didn't work on any game. Tried it multiple times since and it has never worked again... I'm not sure what to buy or do about it.

rxlawdude | 8 août 2019

PS3 controller does not work.

eric | 15 août 2019

For me Beach Buggy works with with Xbox 360 (USB cable attached) controller but not with PS4.

Taffy | 18 août 2019

I got these on Amazon and they don't work. Any idea why? Is there something else I can try?

mknewman | 19 août 2019

Anyone get a Bluetooth controller to work?

stebo1 | 20 août 2019

Taffy - I got those same controllers. After a ton of trial and error - here is how they will work.

The keypad must be plugged Into the one of the front USB slots (left side works best for me).

You must have it plugged in prior to launching Atari from your toy box.

Sometimes you have to exit and re-enter to get them to work.

They will not work with all games, definitely not with the ones that are programmed specifically for touch screen only.

You may have to hit start from the touch screen before using the controller.

Supposedly the newest software will support Beach Buggy, currently there are no controllers that will handle Beach Buggy because it is only touch screen or steering wheel.

The games that seem to work perfectly with a controller are the ones where the scroll wheels can be used with the game (Asteroids, Tempest, etc). Missile Command has recently started working for me with the updated software.

I am getting a software update right now and hopefully that will allow gamepads for Beach Buggy. I have tire tracks in my garage from playing it!

Taffy | 22 août 2019

Thanks so much! What's funny is I just returned them yesterday!! I will buy them again and try your suggestions!
Thanks stebo1

jebinc | 22 août 2019

So, after two days, no one can point to a game pad/controller that aligns with the OP’s request. Safe to assume then that nothing yet exists, even from Tesla who put this stuff out. Thanks all for the input. Sadly, it just reinforces my “parlor tricks and gimmicks” working hypothesis.

jebinc | 22 août 2019

^^^^ Oops, posted in the wrong game pad thread. Sorry about that.