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Analog values from Xbox Controller Sticks


I would like to retrieve the analog input from the analog sticks of a Xbox controller.

I have the following at the moment:

 void MyPawn::SetupPlayerInputComponent(class UInputComponent* InputComponent) 
 void MyPawn::Tick( float DeltaTime )
         Super::Tick( DeltaTime );
         float inputYaw = InputComponent->GetAxisValue(TEXT("Yaw"));

InputYaw is only one of the three values: 0.0f, -1.0f and 1.0f. I can see the values I want when I run ShowDebug INPUT from the console. These RAW values represent the analog values of the sticks. But, how can I access those values? The GetAxisValue only returns whole values and I don't see a method like GetAxisRawValue. I also played around with the deadzones, exponents and scale settings, but nothing really changes the output.

Can someone point me in the right direction or tell me what I am doing wrong?

Product Version: UE 4.12
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asked Aug 01 '16 at 08:05 AM in C++ Programming

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I solved the issue by changing the Deadzone to 0.25 to all in-use Axis. I found this value in the FPS example. I did not try hard enough with the deadzone before.

I also tested my original situation (Using GetAxisValue()) and that works as well.

So, if you use a Xbox One controller and you receive NaN values for your input axis, then try changing the Deadzone of the axis to 0.25. You can find these settings in Edit -> Project Settings and then go to Input under Engine.

@Doug Thanks for helping out!

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answered Aug 03 '16 at 09:56 PM

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Hey elquedro-

If you are trying to get the value of the controller's analog sticks, you may want to take a look at the code for the third person template project. For example, the forward/backward movement axis is bound using InputComponent->BindAxis("MoveForward", this, &ProjectNameCharacter::MoveForward); which will call the ProjectNameCharacter::MoveForward() function any time any button bound to the MoveForward input is pressed.


Doug Wilson

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answered Aug 01 '16 at 09:26 PM

avatar image elquedro Aug 02 '16 at 08:47 PM

Hello Doug,

I think I found the problem I am having. I was using the Gamepad Left Thumbstick Up and Gamepad Left Thumbstick Down instead of the Gamepad Left Thumbstick Y-Axis. Stupid mistake.

So, now I am onto the next problem, which is that I am receiving nan values from the Axis.

Do you have a suggestion for that as well?

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I believe the issue may be related to the code in the SetupPlayerInputComponent() function. Looking at the code for the third person template character, the SetupPlayerInputComponent() declares the binding as:

 InputComponent->BindAxis("MoveForward", this, &AMyProject4Character::MoveForward);
 InputComponent->BindAxis("MoveRight", this, &AMyProject4Character::MoveRight);

With "MoveForward" and "MoveRight" being the name of the axis in the project settings while AMyProject4Character::MoveForward and AMyProject4Character::MoveRight are references to the code functions that are called when the input is registered.

Using this setup the code in your Tick function accurately provided the axis value.

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