The QuadPlay Control Panel is a four player wireless arcade controller that works with all Legends Arcade Family devices and can be used as a drop-in control panel for the Legends Ultimate 1.1 (300 games version) and1.2 (300 games version).
The Legends QuadPlay™ features the following:
- Drop-in arcade control panel for Legends Ultimate 1.1 (300 games version)
- USB and Bluetooth support for use with all Legends Arcade Family and other devices
- Four eight-way digital joysticks
- Arcade-quality action buttons
- P1 and P2 feature six action buttons each
- P3 and P4 feature four action buttons each
- Optional center-mounted arcade-quality trackball (not included)
- Instruction Manual
I really do love the aesthetics of the QuadPlay - that's where it really shines IMHO, but that's also a pretty subjective way to rate things, so YMMV. The piano black finish probably wasn't the best choice, since it's a fingerprint magnet (but so was the original control panel) but I really do love the way it looks while it's still clean. Thankfully, the no-nonsense surface is easy to clean, so that helps.
I also really like the feel of the joystick action, but I wish they had the teardrop style grip...this is another matter of personal preference. The buttons require a tad more pressure to depress than I would prefer, but I imagine they'll wear in, over time, and feel more to my liking - also, I'm sure I'll get used to their feel. I'm quite happy with the placement, count and orientation of all the joysticks and buttons - very nicely executed, but...
I don't understand why AtGames had to give up the spinners. There is plenty of room on the top of the panel for the spinners to be placed behind and slightly offset relative the player one and two joysticks. I hope AtGames will develop a v2 QuadPlay with placeholders for the trackball AND spinners. That way, the trackball and spinners from the standard panel could be transferred to the QuadPlay, which would then be compatible with the widest possible range of games without the need for non-integrated controllers. It'd also be nice if some pinball buttons could be recessed into the front face of the QuadPlay.
And that brings me to my final item for critique: the QuadPlay is not available as an up-front option for the Legend Ultimate. It's annoying to me that I had to pay for a control panel that I am not using (unless the trackball can be transplanted, but I haven't tried this yet). I really wish the Legend Ultimate would more completely live up to its name by offering it in either a 2- or 4- player variant, and not ask customers to sacrifice control types for player count.
I love it
Missing the trackball (it's an add-on item) and also missing the spinner controls (sorry, no option for that) don't please this reviewer. While I can, when I care to, eventually add the trackball so I won't lose that control for games that would require it, there's nothing to be done about the missing spinners for games such as Tempest. Add on the complication of having a 1.1 ALU that came from Sam's Club and thus includes the side mounted Pinball controls that can't be used with the QuadPlay Control Panel (it blocks the ports/connection/install area for same) and you get disappointment. It isn't that I play Pinball that frequently on my ALU, but I do play it at times.
I know that I can use the QuadPlay wirelessly or connect it up via USB but it just feels wrong as I had expected to be able to drop the QuadPlay Control Panel in as a direct replacement for the original control panel. Instead I could be left to install/ remove/ install and remove again as needed or again could be left using the QuadPlay wirelessly if I can find a convenient place to put it that won't leave the user feeling too distant from the ALU cabinet they would be playing on. I expected better :(
Everything seems fine, easy install, I need more 4 player games. Just seems over priced for an add on. Maybe figure out how to use the old controls as a stand alone.
The control deck is very well built. Buttons seem to have good feedback, along with the joysticks. I’ve used it on multiple inputs with no problem. Raspi, PC, modded PS classic. The top seems to show fingerprints quite a bit. This is a great controller and works well on a coffee table with its rubber nonskid pads or as I’ll be using it as my full upright mamecade as a permanent control panel.