Quester Switchbox is a simple USB device for achieving PC game play using assistive switches. Six 3.5mm sockets are provided, the functions of which are set by selecting one of four Levels. Levels 1-3 are fixed function, whereas each socket in Level 4 can be programmed to be any key on the keyboard or a mouse click, plus some gaming specific functions such as Latching W, A, S or D (see table 2 for a full list of available functions).
A seventh socket is dedicated to changing Level so the player can navigate between Levels without requiring assistance. Alternatively, this may be achieved using a button on the fascia of Quester Switchbox.
Levels 1 and 2 are configured for navigation within a range of games, whereas Level 3 allows weapons to be selected or similar functions, dependent on the game. And due to its programmable nature, Level 4 can be whatever you need it to be.
Level 4 is programmed using a simple and unique method that requires no software to be loaded onto the PC. Once each socket on Level 4 has been configured, the settings are saved in the Quester Switchbox internal memory and are automatically recalled even if the computer is turned off or the switchbox moved to a different computer.
The provision of Latching W, A, S and D functions allows the player to walk or run in any direction indefinitely, leaving hands free for other functions. Sticky* and Latching Modifiers further add to the programmability to allow unique combinations of functions to be created. An example of this could be if you require a switch to perform Sticky Shift, then another key, in order to create a capital letter.
*Sticky modifiers stay selected once pressed until the next switch has been pressed. For example, make one socket Sticky Shift and another the w key. First press and release Sticky Shift and then press w and you will get capital W. A further press of w will return lower case w, i.e. the sticky shift has now cancelled. This is equivalent to the Windows definition of Sticky Keys.
The unit requires no drivers- simply plug it into an available USB port and play!
Available Functions in Level 4
- Letters a-z
- Numbers 0-9
- Latching W, A, S and D
- All Punctuation Marks
- Momentary Modifier keys (Shift, Alt, Ctrl, Gui)
- Sticky Modifier keys
- Latching Modifier keys
- F1-F12 keys
- Space, Backspace, Tab, Escape, Caps
- Left Click, Right Click
- Specifically to provide added accessibility and ease of use, for PC game play- gives access to W, A, S and D and Arrow Key functions as separate switches.
- Great alongside a Quester Joystick too!
- Three Levels with fixed functions, one programmable Level.
- Programmable Level 4 allows the function of each socket to be set to ANY keystroke including Modifier keys (Shift, Ctrl, Alt and Gui), or any mouse click.
- Modifier keys can be Momentary, ‘Sticky’ or Latching.
- Latching W, A, S and D also available in Level 4.
- Also gives direct access to Left Click and Right Click.
- Six 3.5mm jack socket inputs allow any style of switch to be used.
- Seventh socket to allow Level to be selected by user.
- Easy ‘plug and play’ installation, does not require driver software.
Quester Switchbox Instructions (PDF)