Homemade padhack "coverters" using a DB15 port?


#1

A few recent threads got me thinking about this. Rather than constantly dual/triple/quad/whatever modding or hoping for custom multi console PCB solutions (or shitty converters), why not have your controls wired to a DB15 connector, then use padhacks in project boxes (or whatever) linked to DB15 connectors for quick swaps? Is there anything that would prevent this from being a viable solution?


#2

A couple of buttons would have to be sacrificed, but it seems like 6 button layouts are popular anyways. Or maybe something like a kick harness could be implemented to keep a complete layout?


#3

This is a solution that’s been used for years now.
The project box method is the only surefire future-proof method to modding, since you’re basically replacing the PCB entirely as you swap consoles.

You can always use a D-SUB 25 instead of a 15 if getting all the 8 buttons + Home/Select/Start is important to you.

So in essence: totally viable solution. The only thing is that it’s not necessarily the cleanest. Unless you do it with the project boxes inside the casing (see my ABS Modular stick)


#4

Very nice, I love what you did with that whole stick, definitely the coolest (in terms of utility) one I’ve seen yet. Didn’t know about the D-SUB, that’s even better.


#5

Ever considered selling those?


#6

Doesn’t Toodles sell a FGWidget Controller that converts PS1/SNES/Sega Saturn signals to separate signals?


#7

Yes


#8

This is quite the oldschool method.
[Project Box Controllers: A Guide to Modular Controllers


#9

That was long before my time here, wish I had seen that before my first mod.


#10

Sometimes, the “old school” is the best school- thanks for the excellent guide.