Hi, I’m interested in looking at the possibility of installing a switch into a stick in order to go back and forth between two preset button layouts. I’ve noticed that most recent KOF players seem to use the default square button layout at events and I’m personally more familiar with the old MVS layout, which usually means either tolerating the default layout or spending a lot of time to change the control layout just to change it back for the next person in line and repeat the process (naturally SNK is still using the old slow button config method in 2013). I’m thinking that a faster option that wouldn’t inconvenience other players would be to add a switch that would toggle between the stick’s original button layout (this being an 8-button stick) and a layout for 4-button games that moves the face buttons to the top row and disables the bottom row (or just moves the L/R buttons), making it possible to switch instantly between the square and MVS layouts:
(and I know I probably got the Xbox button labels wrong)
I’m imagining that some other players out there would find similar switch setups useful for disabling L2/R2 in Capcom games or instantly switching to arcade 5-button layouts (GG, Melty?), so I’m wondering how costly or difficult this option would be in terms of installation and added complexity of wiring. I’d be installing this in a HRAP3 with the stock PS3 PCB alongside a PSX Digital H PCB and extra wire connections going from the signal line on each button to the second PCB (the button ground lines are connected directly between the PCBs) and I’d ideally be interested in having the switch option control both, though I can reasonably consider building it with the switch hooked up to only one PCB if it would be simpler to maintain (the issue is more “relevant” to PS3 since it mostly comes up while playing 13 at events so I can consider passing on PSX switch support). If this works out then I’ll probably also be installing it into a second stick that has a PSX PCB alongside a Paewang and is wired similarly. Would it be significantly more expensive/complicated to set it up to toggle automatically when pressing a button combination (say start+select = toggle) as opposed to drilling an opening to install a physical 2-way switch? Could it be done in a way that scales up well to adding more switching options (e.g., 3-way or 4-way) or would it inevitably turn into a growing rat’s nest of wires that way?