When I arrived back home from CEO in June I found awaiting for me a few packages. In that group of packages was the retail version of Razer’s new arcade stick the Atrox and the newly released Ouya gaming system. I spent a couple days playing around with both. I looked over the Atrox to see if Razer actually listened to the beta testers and indeed they listened and fixed the issues we all had. For those not familiar with the Ouya, it is a custom android gaming console. They had a kickstarter for it that I had backed and forgot all about it until mine came in the mail. I browsed through its game library and what all it had to offer. It wasn’t until I nearly finished this mod that I figured out how to load .apk files to it and root the device.
Anyways, I got curious for some reason and decided to open up the Ouya to take a look at the insides. At that point I was surprised how low profile the system was compared to its shell. At the time I didn’t know how exactly I wanted to mod my Atrox stick and as usual I wanted to do something out of the ordinary. One look at all that empty space inside the Atrox and the small Ouya board and the idea was decided right there and then to combine the two together.
If you’ll remember, about a year ago, I made an Evo Netbook stick. It was a 2012 Evo Pro stick that I put a netbook inside of it because it had a broken screen. For some reason it won a 2012 Teck Talk award. I didn’t think much of the mod because I felt it wasn’t very practical because there was still some things lacking in it (like a battery) and much could of been improved on it. I took this opportunity with the Atrox to make a better version of a system inside a stick.
One of the first things I planned out was what jacks did I want to use and how many. On the Ouya there is a hdmi, power, ethernet, and two usb ports. I decided to only have jacks on the case for the hdmi, power, and one usb port. I left out the ethernet because I planned on relying on connecting to networks wirelessly. I used Neutrik jacks for all the ports. The only jack not going to the Ouya is the RJ45 because its going to the PS360+. I choose using the PS360+ because I found out that the Atrox’s 360 pcb would not work on the Ouya and that the button mapping with ps3 controller boards wasn’t the same. With the ps360+ I could use this stick for many different systems, have correct button mapping in 360 mode, and all the while taking up the least amount of room.
HDMI: Neutrik NAHDMI-W-B HDMI 1.3 Feedthrough Adaptor
USB: Neutrik NAUSB-W-B Reversible USB Genderchanger
RJ45: Neutrik NE8FDP-B Ethercon RJ45 Feedthru
Power: Neutrik RT3MP-B REAN TINY 3-Pole Male Nickel/Gold Chassis XLR Connector with Rean RT3FC-B-W Tiny 3-Pole Female Black/Gold XLR w/Water Resistant Boot
I took advantage of the Atrox’s ability to open up easily and storage capacity. Although one of the containers had to be removed, I was able to store the Ouya’s ac adapter, controller, usb hub, and rj45-usb cable all inside the case. Making it very convenient for transportation. Added with the Link from Phreakmods, a detachable joystick shaft, it was easy to store as well.
Some other small changes from the stock Atrox was changing out the buttons/ball top with sanwa clear smoke, but only 6 buttons because we all know 8 buttons is dick. There was also the loss of function in the LS/DP/RS switch, but the PS360+ has that ability via its config mod, and loss of the turbo (no big deal). I reused the top left turbo button for the Ouya’s power button and it lights up when the system is on. If I add in a led mod in the future I’ll reuse the stick switch to turn the lights on and off. The very last change I did to the Atrox was replacing its artwork with custom artwork made by d3v.
And with that I give you my shitty quick youtube video.
Btw, does anyone know when Madcatz’s M.O.J.O is coming out…