Buffalo USB pad: $6, common ground and easy to solder


#1

Hello everyone,

This is my first post on the forum so I thought I would try to ad something relevant. I live in Tokyo, Japan and the other day I decided to build my own joystick so I went browsing around Akihabara and picked up some Sanwa parts and then realized I would need an interface. I’ve heard of pad hacking before but have never done it so I just took a shot in the dark with some of the super cheap controllers being sold in the various shops. The controller I picked up is labeled as a “Buffalo” pad for PS/PC use. It was being sold in multiple shops for 500yen, which I think is around $6 at the current exchange rate.

I took it home and without ever doing a padhack before I had everything up and running in no time. The pad is common ground and has very clear soldering points that are even labeled in English.

PCB after I had already wired it up.

http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/5567/img0703o.jpg

What the face of the controller looks like:

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/1555/img0704em.jpg

Video of it action inside a little test rig I made up. Sorry but I made the video as sort of a vlog for friends back home so there is a little unnecessary background info that I’m sure most of you are already well aware of when it comes to arcade sticks:
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I’m not sure if you can get this pad easily in the U.S. but I thought I would just give people a heads up so they could at least look for it.


#2

Nice trying out something new PCB wise., as in not many people tried to use the same controller you just did.
And finally a new member that knows how to solder and use a multi-meter before hand
Not a bad write up and vlog.

Like to see how the finished stick would look like.


#3

I liked the backstory as well - that he’s just strolling around Akihabara. I imagine him grabbing a strawberry or cowball while he’s at it. I am having a hard time finding this controller online.