Planning on building a PS3/360 arcade stick


#1

I am planning on building custom 360/PS3 arcade stick using a sixaxis PCB, AXISdaptor (http://www.lizardlick.com/pages/boards.shtml) and a wireless 360 controller PCB (non-CG). I will also be buying the stick and buttons from lizardlick.com.

I have actually never soldered before but I have watched many tutorials on how to solder a PCB to a wire so it shouldn’t be that hard.

I am planning on having a USB cord for each pcb so I won’t have to worry about using a switch or something (hopefully). I, of course, have some questions though and some of these might seem very stupid.

  1. Can I use alligator clips when connecting the PCB’s to the buttons and stick or must they be soldered?

  2. Can I directly connect both PCBs to the buttons and stick without having to go through a switch? If so, if I connect the stick to the 360 and PS3 at the same time (don’t ask why) would that be bad for the buttons and stick since there are 2 grounds and 2 signals going through at the same time?

  3. The AXISdaptor has 3 things that say “COM”. Is that common ground for each of the 3 sides of the board? Do I just stick these wires to any ground on a button or the stick?

  4. How do you recommend I connect the battery to the 360 controller PCB? Should I just use the controller casing to hold the batteries?

Thank you very much


#2

read atleast afew pages of this
http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=146124


#3

Thanks for the reply, but this barely helps me. It only confuses me even more.

Why do I have to bridge the power and ground together? Both PCB’s would be getting power from their own respective console/batteries.

This schematic assumes both pcb’s are common ground (which mine isn’t).

Can’t I just connect the PCB’s to the buttons/stick simultaneously and only have one PCB on? Do I have to use a screw terminal? Why do both PCB’s need to be powered at the same time?

I’m gonna try to draw you guys a schematic of what I want. Ill post it in a few.


#4

I wanna know the reason for this too

Edit: Okay, toddles explains why in that thread lol


#5

can’t seem to find that post in that thread. can u link it? thanks


#6

OK here is the schematic I drew up. To save time and make it look less of a mess than it already is, I combined the ground and signal on connecting the 360 controller since its not common ground.

I know it’s a mess but i drew it up in 5 min. Sorry.

Blue = ground and signal
Green = ground
Red = signal

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2422/3848383419_03529b4fb8_o.jpg


#7

anyone? is this schematic good? if not, can any tell me what i need to do? i know you might have to connect the ground and power cables, but why?

and how would i connect them since they are not CG?


#8

Because you cant dual mod using a non cg pcb. Plus when using a non common ground pcb you have to run the corresponding ground with each signal. Pcbs have to be grounded together so everything is one big circuit.


#9

even though only one pcb will be on at a time? wouldnt it be a complete circuit then?

can u solder all of the ground wires together into one ground?

i saw an arcade stick that had a ps2 and 360 pcb in it and isn’t a ps2 pcb non-cg? but he had a serial connection type thing that had to be swapped in order to switch it to either ps2 or 360 mode. could i use something like that?


#10

Sit tight and wait for the PS3+360 wireless mod helper boards to come out. Please dont take this the wrong way, but if you try to do it yourself, at this rate, you’ll destroy a couple of good pcbs, frustrate the hell outta yourself, waste money, and still not have a working stick. Just be patient, Gummowned and I are both working on ones (and I think one or two other folks might be as well.)


#11

Toodles hit it on the head, but if that thread confuses you, then you may not want to try this just yet.


#12

where is toodles post? i can’t seem to find it.

but you’re probably right, i should just start off with maybe just one controller in there. THAT should be simple.

EDIT: NVM I found it. I get it now lol. I mean, I also have a cg-wireless 360 controller, but is the AXISdaptor CG? It seems to have 3 ground points. and where would a I solder the power?

EDIT2: I just found out the AXISdaptor isn’t CG. So the only way to have a 360/ps3 stick is to have a cthulhu board?


#13

anyone?


#14

The only easy way for ps3/360, yeah.

You can also use a PS2 pad that is CG in place of the cthulhu and then use adapters.


#15

Yeah, this may actually be your best solution. Now that there’s a PS2-360 converter that doesn’t suck (Laugh’s XConverter360) and isn’t ungodly expensive, you might want to consider that option.