Questions on building my arcade sticks


#1

I’m looking at parts to build two separate arcade controllers (each with a tear drop stick and 8 buttons for in game and 1 each for coin and start, all Sanwa parts).

My questions are:

What is the best way to go about connecting 2 complete controllers to 1 PC or game system (xbox and PS2 and eventually xbox360)?

I know that the i-pac to console controller connectors are PS/2 only, but is there a way to connect a USB i-pac to a console?

Can I use the pass through to connect both controllers to the same PC/console?

That’s what I posted over at the byoac forums and they did nothing but suggest me to get an X-arcade pre-built stick. Maybe you guys can give me a better answer.

BTW, this is mainly for SF3 use, but some guilty gear will be in there too.


#2

I’ll let someone smarter give you the real answers to your questions, but I figured I’d hop in and tell you to not get an X-Arcade.

The dudes at BYOAC seem like super nice guys and all, but they’re general arcade game enthusiasts, and not hardcore fighting game players. There are a lot of things about the X-Arcade that don’t measure up to what we expect from our controllers, performance-wise. I won’t bother going into details but everything from bad circuit boards to second-rate imitation knock-off clone parts will be all up in your face if you buy an X-Arcade for fighting games.


#3

And those are all reasons that I DON’T want an X-Arcade stick.

also, what size do you suggest the box for the controller be?


#4

You have a few choices if you want your sticks to have more than 1 console support

the first is project boxes, quite expensive imo and it’s annoying to have em lil boxes.
If your building a control panel type (2 sticks on one board) you can take a look at this site
http://home.comcast.net/~jdpyle1/index.htm

the second is running two pcbs in one stick. This thread for more info http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=146124

a third method is to grab a UPCB http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=131230

Based on your situation i would suggest on grabbing 2 UPCBs. also ppl have said that the IPAC to console converters have lag on them. There is no solution for usb to anything(and i highly doubt they’ll ever be soon)


#5

Whoop, please excuse my poor reading/comprehension! :lol:


#6

Ha, no problem. I’ll probably be going the UPCB route. This sounds like a fun DIY. It’ll cost more and be more work than I originally planned.