Controller rumble on Android (Shield TV)

  • 19 December 2020
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Hello everyone,

 

is there any news about controller rumble support for the android (tv) App?

 

Thanks a lot!


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This is an Android limitation; nothing to do with Shadow.

Running on the Shield TV, GeForce Now managed to get the rumble working, Shadow to date has not. How is it an Android limitation then??

Surely its a pass through issue with the remote desktop environment.

There was an issue with surround sound not working either. Which has now been fixed it looks like. Change the output device, select 5.1 or 7.1. Restart streaming, hay presto done.

This issue was also claimed to be an android limitation. How is it suddenly working then??

I have heard that connecting via USB from the SHield TV to the controller gets the rumble to work. Not tested though.

 

 

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Running on the Shield TV, GeForce Now managed to get the rumble working, Shadow to date has not. How is it an Android limitation then??

The Android limitation is with Bluetooth-connected controllers. Nvidia added rumble support to their proprietary Shield controllers for that to work over Bluetooth - it doesn’t work for other controllers, unless Nvidia were to specifically add support for it. I believe they may have added rumble for DS4 controllers, but not Xbox controllers.

Surround-sound on Android functionality does need to be supported by the app - that’s not an inherent Android limitation.

 

Good answer. I wasn’t aware of other controllers with no support also having this issue.

Is this something thats been looked into?

If its been done with their proprietary controller and possibly ported to DS4, couldn’t their approch be reverse engineered?

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@BruvDBassMan yes, I think Nvidia could add rumble-over-Bluetooth for Xbox (and other) controllers if they wanted to, but that’s because they control the device (the Shield) where they can make those changes. In other words...for the rumble to work on Shadow with an Xbox controller, Nvidia would need to add the support [on the Shield device] - it isn’t something Shadow can do at the app level.

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Then why disable rumble for controllers connected over USB?

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Then why disable rumble for controllers connected over USB?


Bluetooth controllers won’t have rumble support, but USB-connected should work. Which specific controller are you using, and are you using a Shield TV or other Android device?

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Chromecast with Google TV connected to a powered USB hub. I don't have any issues with any of my input devices not working. And vibration works while using other apps that have joystick support.

Now that you have me on the spot it occurred to me that I haven't tried connecting over USB since updating to the Beta. When I get home from I'll try it again and let you know if it works.

 

And to answer the other part of your question. I've tried it with a aftermarket wired Xbox one controller and a name brand dualshock 4 

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@PyrrhicVictor thanks for that info; I believe Shadow still isn’t officially supported on any Android TV devices (including Shield TV), so our mileage will vary. The recommendation is to contact support:

https://help.shadow.tech/hc/en-gb/articles/360018789874-Install-Shadow-on-Android-TV

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Really? Someone should tell Google that. I got it right off the play store didn't even have to side load. 

 

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Really? Someone should tell Google that. I got it right off the play store didn't even have to side load. 

 


Right; by “supported” that means full-functionality, which is on Blade to address. The Shadow Android app is like the Nvidia GFN app - it will install on nearly any Android [TV] device, but they don’t guarantee full functionality.

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