The Hit Box Cross|Up Alphas are now arriving! Just in time for winter break for you unfortunate students and just in time for "what the hell is winter break?" for those suffering from post-student syndrome.
Releasing now is the Cross|Up Designer. The Designer allows you to customize the layouts on your Cross|Up. So you can change what the buttons on the face of your controller do without having to open it up to rewire it. Of particular note is the ability to give yourself 3 layouts that you can swap between at any time and the ability to program your hotkeys for things like training mode shortcuts.
We'll make a video for this, but for those of you who don't need your hands held to click buttons, let's just give it to you right now and you can suffer through it by yourselves the same way I imagine you suffer through a lot of things in your miserable, lonely existence.
- Download and unzip the entire directory to somewhere you have admin access. This will not run from a temporary folder created by windows, winzip, 7zip, winrar etc. You have to actually extract it somewhere.
- Install the CH340 drivers in the root directory of the release. You might need admin access for this.
- Open CrossUpDesigner.exe
- Plug the USB printer cable from the left side of the CrossUp to a USB port on your PC. It's best if your controller is not hooked up to a console when doing this.
- Click "Load Layouts From Controller" in the top left of the Designer and click the green "Load Values From CrossUp" to download the existing profiles from your Cross|Up. If all goes well, you'll see a command window pop up for a few seconds, and you'll have the profiles loaded in the Designer.
- If the debug window hangs, times out or doesn't show up. Close the Designer and make sure you have set avrdude.exe, avrdude2.exe, libusb0.dll and the CrossUpDesigner.exe files to run as admin.
- If that still doesn't let you read the profiles correctly, click the checkbox in the Load Layouts menu that says "Specify COM Port." If you have more than 1 show up with your CrossUp plugged in, go into your device manager (Win+X - Device Management) and see what COM ports show up in "Ports (COM & LPT)" Most people have no COM devices on their PCs, so there should only be 1 COM device that shows up when you plug/unplug your Cross|Up. If you have 1 or more (stuff like an ISA Bridge, PCI card) then take note of what COM port is assigned to your CrossUp when you plug it in. Specify THAT COM port in the Load Layouts.
- When everything is done right, when you click on profiles in the "Select Layout" list, you'll see all the spicy items we hinted at on the SECRET MENU in your documentation.
- You can also click "Import Layout" to see those layouts and more. You can even export your own layouts if you want to share your research with the world!
- If you click "Program Hotkeys" you can program what the face buttons do when you're in hotkey mode (pressing Options + Touchpad on the back). People complained about not having L3 or R3, we went an extra mile and programmed in a few other shortcut combos for easy access in training modes.
- If you want to make a layout for the Nintendo Switch - click "Show Switch Labels" so you can see the appropriate mappings for Switch games on the CrossUp. Every button on the Pro controller is available on the CrossUp. Yes, you can actually play Mario Galaxy on the thing (just no gyro abilities).
- When you're happy with your edits, click "Save Layouts to Controller" and follow the same steps you follow for loading. These changes are now permanent on your Cross|Up.
- Every menu can be closed with the "ESCAPE" key, including the button bind popups. Every other menu has an "X" in the top right.
- SUPER IMPORTANT NOTE: The Designer DOES NOT know what the state of your CrossUp is UNTIL you load values from it. Instead it fills in every profile with the default layout and hotkeys. So make sure to load layouts BEFORE making edits. If you want to go back to the factory settings, click "Upgrade Firmware" and go from there.
If you're having issues reading/writing. Try these:
- Try a different USB port. Some USB 3.1 ports have been reported as not working. Some USB hubs create problems. Try removing hubs and try different USB ports.
- Make sure you know which COM port your CrossUp gets assigned to. - Make sure you unzipped the entire installation and have admin access as detailed above.
- You will need Microsoft .Net 3.5 Framework if for some reason you just don't have it on your Windows XP or newer PC. I don't believe the CrossUpDesigner runs in Wine, but it works just fine in 32-bit Windows and even in Apple BootCamp mode.
- If you need help, ask in our discord's #tech-support section. If you outline what you've tried and what you're problems you're having in detail, you'll get specific answers much faster.
- Most of the Smash Box tech help applies to the CrossUp as well, so look up answers for the Smash Box if you want some quick answers.