Batocera Retro Gaming OS: PS1 game able to boot but unable to control or unable to navigate the menu

So you are very eager and ready to play that nostalgic PlayStation 1 game of yours, boot the game happily but only to find that you are not able to navigate the menu nor control the character. If that’s happening to you, not to worry, I’ve got an easy fix for you.

The reason why unable to navigate the menu nor control the character:

Back in the days, PlayStation had a few iterations of controllers but mainly known to the public masses are the original iconic controller, dubbed the PlayStation Controller and the DualShock – the one that gives vibrations and 2 analog sticks.

Before the introduction of DualShock, all games were made to work for the original iconic controller. While the game released before DualShock era would still work with DualShock controller on the original PlayStation machine, but apparently that’s not the case with Batocera – at least that’s what I experienced and therefore would like to share with you in case you are encountering the same issue like mine: Game introduced before DualShock (before November 1997) unable to be controlled when booted up in Batocera. Since this is more on Batocera issue, I hope Batocera team will fix this issue in the future releases of Batocera, but until then, do check out the simple fix below which worked great for me.

Here’s the simple fix for Batocera PS1 game unable to navigate / control the character

Follow these steps to get the issue fixed.

1) Boot the game as normal.

2) When you are in game, open the Emulator menu by using the following key combination – depending on which type of controller you are using.
If you are using PlayStation 1/2/3 controller, then press SELECT + X.
If you are using PlayStation 4 controller, then press PS button + X.
If you are using XBOX controller, then press XBOX button + A.
If you are using XBOX Style controller where A button is at the bottom, then press SELECT + A.

Opening Batocera Emulator Menu. Image courtesy of

3) On the Emulator Menu Quick Menu, go to Controls > Port 1 Controls.

4) Change Device Type to Standard. Optionally, if you prefer to use Left Analog to controller the character, then on Analog to Digital style change to left analog.

Now go back to Emulator Menu Quick Menu, press Resume to continue the game. You should now be able to navigate the menu / control the character.

This is the game I was unable to control until I did the simple changes to Standard controller. Image courtesy of Activision, Nerd 101 and Wikipedia.

Bring it all together

With the simple fix of changing the controller type to the standard controller, the issue of unable to navigate the menu or unable to controller the character is fixed! In case you encounter any difficulties or have any queries, feel free to shout them on the comment section down below. I’ll be happy to assists.

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More on Batocera: Batocera Tips & Tricks at JILAXZONE. Image courtesy of Batocera.

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