Beat Saber Song Browser

Beat Saber is the first game to finally bring me to the VR world.  I cannot get enough.  Burning several hundred calories per play session it has taken a slice out of my exercise routine as well.

Obviously a game like Beat Saber attracts a lot of developers who enjoy writing mods as hobby projects.

The game itself only has 11 songs at the time of writing this but there is well over 5000 custom songs available.  The in-game song browser is basically featureless.



  • Sort by song name, author, difficulty, play count.
  • Filter by: search keyword, playlist, favorites.

Vega 56 and Vega 64 Soft Power Tables Editor – Monero 1900H @ 150 W possible.

The project is here, first release is out:

Basic overview of the power table:

Hellm post about modifying the power table for Vega:

More details to come about how to setup xmr-stak-amd with a Vega 64 to achieve 1900H for 150W at the wall.

Better Playstation 4 [DS4] Controller with Exclusive Mode using DS4Windows

Disregard the previous posts I’ve made on this topic.  For awhile it was hit and miss between Input Mapper, DS4Window and others.  Each seemed to break in different ways as Windows 10 was fresh.

DS4Windows has been picked up by another developer and he is carrying the torch well.  DS4Windows is fully functional in Windows 10 and supports exclusive mode without any issues.

Check it out here, DS4Windows Fork by Ryochan7

Check out the releases here to download

This program works right out of the box now, no issues, no magic required.  So I will forego a long explanation and just suggest one plays with it.

Happy gaming.

[UPDATED] PS4 Controller Exclusive Mode Windows 10


With Windows 10 Update 10532 it looks like the trick to kill explorer to get exclusive mode is no longer required.  There many be some things that required being disabled.  However I get exclusive mode with that new build of Windows 10 without using the trick below.  So follow this guide merely to get PS4 running, skip the section on killing explorer.

This is a matter of opinion but I personally believe the PS4 controller is one of the best controllers to come out since the PS2 controller.  I have always found the feel of the controller to be superior to that of the XB360.  The XB1 controller came a long ways.  I play a lot of tight platformers and the XB360 controllers awful DPad basically soured me for life.

Getting the PS4 controller to work on Windows 10 is rather simple but getting it into Exclusive Mode (so it works as Player 1 in most games) is rather tricky in a subtle way.

Follow this guide to get everything up and running.

Connecting PS4 Controller

Here we will cover the steps to get the controller connected to windows.  This will not make the controller usable quite yet.

  • Go to your Bluetooth Devices, press the Windows Key and type bluetooth, should be the first hit.


  • Put your PS4 Controller into discovery mode by pressing and holding the Playstation button and the Share button until the LED blinks rapidly.


  • Click the controller and select Pair.


  • It should be connected now.

Input Mapper Exclusive Mode

To make the controller usable we will use a program called InputMapper.  The problem with InputMapper on Windows 10 is that Exclusive mode does not work.  Without exclusive mode InputMapper registers the PS4 controller as a second controller.  It then mutes the input on the first controller which is actually the same controller.  So this is fine for many games but some games will default to always using the first connected controller.  Games that do this will not work without exclusive mode.  Rocket League is a good example of a game not working without exclusive mode.

To solve this issue we simply create a script that kills explorer for us.  This seems to release whatever in Windows 10 is preventing exclusive mode from starting.  So we will explorer, bind our controller with InputMapper in exclusive mode and then restart explorer.  We will also need to kill many programs before we do this.

  • Download InputMapper
  • Install InputMapper
  • Download this file or create a new basic text file on your desktop using Notepad (or anywhere) and call it explorer_kill.bat
  • Edit this with Notepad or any basic text editor, add the following:
@echo off
taskkill /IM explorer.exe /f
echo Press any key after connecting your controller.
start explorer.exe
  • Now we will need to kill some programs:
    • Steam
    • Battle.Net
    • GeForce Experience
    • (likely some others, some are holding the controller from getting exclusive mode)
  • Make sure PS4 controller is on or connected (solid blue LED).
  • Open InputMapper.
  • Run the file we just created, your desktop will disappear but InputMapper will remain.


  • Go to InputMapper
  • Press the Playstation button on your controller, wait for it to connect (sometimes takes a few tries).
  • InputMapper should say “in exclusive mode”.


  • Go back to the command prompt which was opened when you launched the script and press any key.


This is a fairly fool proof process.  If it doesn’t get exclusive mode then just close it all down and repeat the process.

  • Close InputMapper.
  • Make sure the controller disconnects.
  • Let explorer come back (press any key in the command prompt window our script opened).
  • Repeat the process.


If anyone discovers example what program in Windows 10 is causing the exclusive mode lock out please comment.



C++ Tiled Tmx Parser

I had a need for a lightweight quick and down to business tmx parser.

For those unfamiliar TMX is the file format used by Tiled.  Tiled is a map editor for tile maps.

The parser at the moment required C++11x but only for one small bit of code which could easily be removed.  The parser is mostly a C library in its usage.  It returns simply an error code and a struct you allocated the memory for containing the entirety of the tmx file.

GitHub Source: libtmx-parser