Everything you need to know about the X-Arcade arcade controller from someone who does not and will not own one…
But I have the displeasure of using one of these “sticks” as well as spend time working on a few.
First off here are my reference links (Do not reply to them, I will Grief you/flame you, put any replies or comments you would have on this thread).
[details=Spoiler]X-Arcade Official site
Tech Talk Threads - Google Search site:shoryuken.com x-arcade
[HOW BAD IS A X-ARCADE TANKSTICK? / CUSTOM STICK QUESTIONS](How Bad is a X-Arcade Tankstick? / Custom Stick Questions
[X-ARCADE LINE OF ARCADE STICKS](X-arcade line of arcade sticks
[X-ARCADE STICKS. ANYONE HERE HAS ONE?](X-arcade sticks. Anyone here has one?
[WHAT ABOUT THE X-ARCADE?](What about the x-arcade?
[HAPP COMPETITION JOYSTICK IN X ARCADE SOLO STICK NOT EFFICIENT](Happ Competition Joystick in X arcade Solo Stick not efficient
[HELP WITH X-ARCADE MOD](Help with X-arcade mod
[X-ARCADE AND MOD QUESTION](X-Arcade and Mod question
[X-ARCADE JOYSTICKS](X-Arcade Joysticks
[X-ARCADE ARCADE JOYSTICK? GOOD OR BAD?](X-Arcade Arcade Joystick? Good or Bad?
[X-ARCADE MODS](X-arcade Mods
[X-ARCADE WOES (LOL)](X-arcade woes (lol)
[FUN WITH X-ARCADE (SANWA)](Fun with X-Arcade (Sanwa)
[REPLACING AN X-ARCADE JOYSTICK](Replacing an X-Arcade Joystick
Outside Links - Google Search x-arcade modification, x-arcade mods
So here are the 3 Models of X-arcade controller currently on the market.
The Tank Stick
The Dual Stick
And the Solo (as you has no friends)
And here is my entry of the above in the What stick to buy thread?
Yes first thing you notice is X-arcade uses cheap knock off parts that sadly installing Happ Parts would be an upgrade. Considering the current Quality of Happ parts, this is really bad for X-arcade.
Here is a video done by Lord Karnage of Classic Game Room Review and Instillation video of the X-Arcade Tank Stick.
Even in his first play though Lord Karnage has issues
Lord Karnage said himself he isn’t technically or mechanically inclined, so you know even a complete noob should be able to do this kind of mod.
The buttons, well they are easier and more straight forwards then the joystick.
Yes he used a Happ Competition Joystick, Lizard Lick is no more so I suggest taking you business to Paradise Arcade Shop
The Joystick I most recommend would be IL EUROSTICK for the X-arcade, good alternatives would include the Sanwa JLW and the Ultimarc Mag stick.
Here is another mod video of the X-arcade stick by alexlexus
Tools needed to Upgrade your X-arcade stick to real Arcade parts.
Phillips Screw Driver
A Flat head screw Driver.
Needle nose Pliers
Wrench or pliers for the nuts holding the joystick in place.
a Dremel or other rotary tool
Griding bits for your rotary tool.
Pencil and paper for taking notes (such as what wires go where)
Optional - Digital camera. to take a picture of the wiring before disassembly and to perhaps document your work for Show-N-Tell here on Tech Talk.
So how bout the PCB? Are the X-arcade Adapters worth it?
No, No and NO!
Honestly the worst part of the X-arcade controllers are the crappy Electronics inside.
a Toodles Multi Console Cthulhu would fit the bill much better for the Solo (and 2 of them for the Dual, one for each player)
Now the Tank Stick? I don’t know how you are going to wire the Track ball.
Perhaps gut a mouse/track ball for parts?