Why I Typically Don’t Modify Playstation Controllers

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I have many requests for hardware modifications to Playstation controllers. Sadly, unless someone is asking for 3d printed extensions, I have to turn them down. This post will show why, and also offer a workaround.

When people request buttons to be moved (which is pretty common), I can usually say yes pretty easily. On an Xbox controller, there are nice solder pads to connect to. This is not the case inside a ps3 controller unfortunately.

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All of the buttons, including the triggers are handled by this flexible material. I can not easily access the traces to make modifications here.

The flexible material is connected to the PCB by a pressure fitting that is actually part of the controller shell. This means that if I modify any of the pads, I risk the rest not fitting anymore. If I modify the shell, I risk the pressure not holding any more. It sucks.

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Luckily, the thumbsticks are a standard format with nice big gooey solder blobs so I can do thumbstick mods.

The workaround: adapters

There are commercial adapters that let you use different controllers for different consoles. It isn’t the best solution, but any solution that lets someone play is the right solution.

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HDE Cross Battle

$17 on Amazon

This allows you to use an Xbox360 controller on your Ps3.  Unfortunately it does not appear to work with the ps4.


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The Chronus

$59 on their site.

This little adapter does a TON. just see the graphic below. For more information, check out their website.

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