I recently ordered a PSP with a broken power switch from eBay, thinking that I could bring it back to life with a little tweaking. Sadly, it turns out that there’s a lot more wrong with the system than I can fix.
However, there is a plus side to this. I’ve got a ton of replacement parts now, including an LCD screen without cracks, a faceplate, and a whole lot of buttons. I was thinking that maybe, just maybe, I could cook up some way to replace the PSP’s D-pad with something that would be a lot more fighter-friendly.
So I opened an old, scuzzy Sega Arcade Pad (the six button controller for the Genesis) and looked inside to see if I could use it in a PSP.
The bad news is that the D-pad is built into the face of the SAP, and set on a rocker (that’s why the control is so crisp on Sega’s mid 1990’s controllers… D-pads without rockers tend to be mushy and unresponsive).
In addition to that, the seperated cross in the PSP is held inside the unit by plastic on the faceplate, where the diagonals should be. That means that putting the Sega Arcade Pad in the PSP will be impossible without a lot of modifications to the faceplate.
However… however. There was some good news to be found. I noticed that the rubber feet under the PSP D-pad line up almost perfectly with the underside of the SAP’s D-pad.
It got me thinking… if I were to use a Dremel tool to cut a circular hole in the faceplate of the PSP, then cut the D-pad out of the faceplate of the SAP, would it be possible for me to use epoxy to permanently fasten the two together and turn the PSP into a suitable handheld for fighting games?
Has anyone here attempted this kind of thing before? If so, what are your thoughts on a project like this? Could it be done, and would the resulting product work?