Mad Catz Cyborg V.5 Rumble Pad Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2010-11-14

The Cyborg V.5 Rumble Pad from Mad Catz is a product to consider if you’re looking for a controller which we can be used on both PC and our Xbox 360 console; it also brings an unique feature: the Cyborg module which allows you to swap the d-pad and thumbstick between Xbox 360 and PS3 mode.

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The Software Interface

The Rumble Pad works perfectly with the Windows stock drivers, but if we want to customize the button functions, we must install the Saitek drivers and applications; the driver can be found on the Cyborg Gaming website, in the download section:




The driver installation is very easy and we only have to follow the instructions:






When the installation is complete, we can access the Control Panel controller features; the interface has 3 tabs, one for testing the modifications we’ve made, one to set up(calibrate) the controller and one that instructs us to download the SST Programming Software; in the same About tab, we can check out the driver and software versions:






To download the application that allows us to customize further the controller, we must navigate again to the Cyborg Gaming website, in the download section:




The software application installation is done the same way as the drivers:





The Profile Editor has a nice and easy to use interface; first, a splash screen presents us the product:




A help window also pops up and instructs us how to modify the key functions of our controller:




By clicking on the Programming tab, we can see on the left side a photo of the product and depending on which function we press on the right, the respective button will be highlighted on the photo:




To assign different functions, we can click the respective cell, type our command and then press the green tick to OK our new command. After that we can name the new command, press the profile button and save our new modified profile; the software interface also allows us to also print the new profile:




Finally, in the Support tab, we can access more information or go to the page where we can install the latest driver and software versions, but also contact the manufacturer:



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Comment from jmke @ 2010/11/14
I would not use a gaming pad for racing games if I have a choice, either keyboard for arcade racers, or steering wheel for sims;

Mafia 2 for driving sequences may be ok, same goes for GTA4 most likely; as the PC controls for that game are a bit screwed up (same as with GTA San Andreas);

real strength imho of a console-like controller for PC is for sports game like Fifa, Basket Ball, Hockey etc, there you definitely will come out on top by using a controller vs keyboard.