by Mark Julio aka MarkMan
*Please note that this converter was tested with a Namco Arcade Stick(PS1) and Hori Real Arcade Pro 2 (PS2).
UPDATE – 07/18/08 – We heard some complaints about the REAL Converter not performing well with standard PS2 Dual Shock 2 controllers, so we decided to test it ourselves. Our original article was based on our experience with digital only PCB arcade sticks, so this was our first time testing it with an actual analog based signal. Upon extensive testing there are very obvious signs of signal drops when inputting dpad motions and sliding motions. Our apology to everyone as we should have tested this in advance. As of now, the Pelican is STILL the king of PS2 to PS3 converters (if you care about PS2 Dual Shock 2 controllers that is).
When first hearing about the REAL PS2/PS3 Converter from Jaxel on SRK’s Tech Talk forums it was mentioned that this new converter worked just as well as the Pelican USB PS2 to PS3 Adapter. To get straight to the point… After extensive testing with the converter we can happily say that Jaxel was right, this converter is every bit as good as the Pelican AND then some. That being said, don’t hesitate to purchase a REAL PS2/PS3 Converter if you don’t want to pay the insane prices the Pelican is now going for on the aftermarket.
In my testing using a Namco Arcade Stick (PS1) and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, I tested various combos that required strict timing and quick multi-directional inputs such as instant shining wizard combos (FC d/f+2, f+3, 1, 1, 1, iSW and u/f+4, f+2,2, 1, 1, iSW to be specific) and Julia’s launch, d/f+3, f,f+1, d,d/f+1~3, f,f+1, d,d/f+1,2 combo. I was able to do all of them perfectly, just as I am able to do on the Pelican. At this point I was convinced that it was a good converter, but I didn’t want to rule out any other hindrances so I continued to test.
In further testing, we tested Bryan’s 1+3+4 taunt into f,b+2 launch. Anyone with laggy converters know that taunt to jet upper launch is almost impossible to pull off. With the REAL converter we were able to pull it off at a high success rate (assuming we inputted it correctly). Also tested was CH d/f+2 with Kazuya into EWGF launch and we were able to pull this off at a very high success rate as well. At this point I was 100% convinced that it was as good as the Pelican converter, if not better. So we moved forward to phase 2 of the testing, Virtua Fighter 5.
We did various multi input testing with Virtua Fighter 5. Using a Hori Real Arcade Pro 2 (PS2) we tested Akira’s K+G (release G after 1 frame) knee and were able to pull it off 90% of the time without error. Testing side by side with the Pelican converter provided similar results. Next, using the auto fire feature, we set the sequence of P+K+G on auto fire. After switching the auto fire off I would measure the inputs difference between both the REAL and Pelican converters.
NOTE: The above screen capture does not reflect the actual frame numbers that were calculated through our testing, it is just an example to show how we got our numbers.
We tested three different times for the last eight inputs of P+K+G, here are the results for each sequence.
|PHASE||REAL PS2/PS3 Converter
||Pelican PS2 to PS3 USB Adapter
|#1||1-3-1-1-2-1-1-1 = 1.375 Frames||1-2-1-1-1-1-2-1 = 1.25 Frames|
|#2||1-1-2-1-2-1-1-1 = 1.25 Frames||3-1-1-1-1-1-2-1 = 1.375 Frames|
|#3||2-1-1-2-1-1-2-1 = 1.375 Frames||2-1-1-1-2-1-2-1 = 1.375 Frames|
As you can see they are VERY similar and almost identical on average. The last 8 inputs are averaged and give us the average amount frames between successful inputs over the test period. Both converters ranged on average between the low 1s with 1.25 frames being the low and 1.375 frames being the high. Now all these numbers may be a bit overwhelming and may sound confusing to you. Just know that through this testing it shows that the REAL converter is as consistent as the Pelican ones when it comes to inputs.
Ultimately, I have to pass the converter crown for fighting games to the REAL PS2/PS3 converter as it does everything the Pelican one does and more. Length wise they are about the same, and they also both have LED indicator lights as well as the much needed PS/Home button. One advantage the REAL converter has is that it supports vibration feature wheras the Pelican does not.
With the Pelicans no longer being made, this is the ONLY choice out there if you’re serious about your fighting games on PS3. For $11.99 (through mycarryingcase) it is a great deal, especially considering the ridiculous prices that the Pelican converter is going for STILL. Don’t hesitate to purchase this converter for your fighting game needs and don’t forget to sell your Pelicans.
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