PCB buying/modding query


#1

Hi guys,
I’ve been wanting to build a stick for ages and I have all the parts except the PCB (I ordered the PS360+ at $45) but as that’s being delayed and I’m a very impatient person I’m looking into other options uch as pad-hacking or buying a purely 360-centric PCB (as my PS3 YLOD’d and I’m not too bothered about having a stick for that anymore)
So I was wondering are there any downsides to pad-hacking? input lag or anything? Or would I better buying a PCB for a 360 stick?


#2

No, not really any downsides. Padhacking just reassigns the buttons from a controller. Instead of using the buttons of the controller, it just uses arcade buttons instead. The controller still “thinks” you’re using it as a regular controller.

Most people recommend the Madcatz FightPad/BrawlPad as an easy 360 padhack. Second up is the Madcatz model 4716 controller, but the triggers are a little bit trickier. But you don’t have to Invert the triggers if you don’t plan on using it in a Dual Mod.

However, you could use any old 360 PCB you have laying around if you have some off-brand third party controller laying around. The PCB does not have to be common ground if you’re not Dual Modding, unless if you plan on using a joystick that uses a PCB/5-pin connector. Then, you may have some troubles with non-common ground controllers.Easiest way to avoid having to worry? Just get a madcatz fightpad.


#3

I’d definitely recommend the SF4 FightPad; the triggers are recognized as buttons on that one, so padhacking is very easy on that. Another plus is the low price and it works on PC. However, I wouldn’t recommend a usual Xbox360 pad, since it needs heavy modding, more solder joints (additional resistors / capacitors) and is imho almost impossible for a novice. The SF4 FightPad on the other hand has relatively large soldering spots and doesn’t need any further mods.


#4

Thanks guys for the quick reply! I may just buy a SF4 FightPad in which case as I’m only wanting to play on 360 and sometimes on the PC.
They’ll work on the PC I presume as the standard 360 pads work on PC just fine?
Is there a guide on the forum for padhacking? I had a quick search before work and found small amounts of work but nothing too detailed.
Thanks again guys - if I find one of these cheap then it could save money if I cancel my pre-order :stuck_out_tongue:

EDIT: Would a SF4 ROUND 2 pad work the same? (these are expensive now… o_o) Thanks


#5

Round 2 uses same PCB, so it’s all fine.


Also, there’s some info in Dual modding 101 Just read Chapters 1 and 6, the rest don’t really matter if just wanting to padhack.

Yes, 360 works fine on any PC that can use 360 controllers.


#6

That’s awesome thanks again for your help, guys