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PSX Joystick Project
Playstation Joystick Page 1
Playstation Joystick Page 2
Playstation Joystick Page 3
Saturn Joystick Project
Saturn Joystick Page 1
PSX GunCon Pedal Project
GunCon Pedal Page 1
GunCon Pedal Page 2
Soldering (for all projects)
Which Controller to Buy
The Home Arcade Shop
You Don't Know Jack Game Show-Style Controls for your PC
YDKJ Project Page 1
YDKJ Project Page 2
YDKJ Project Page 3
Links & More
Cool Arcade Parts!
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Feel free to drop me a line with questions, comments, or information & photos on your own controls projects.
About the Site
Making your own arcade-style controls for your Playstation or Saturn is easy to do. There's no need to settle for overpriced, uninspiring controls when you can design and construct exactly what you want - for a lot less than you'd expect.
This page is designed to take you through two projects I have already completed - an arcade-style joystick for the Playstation (or Saturn) and a foot pedal for Namco's GunCon. The photos and instructions will let you assemble the same (or better!) controls, and you'll get the added satisfaction of sticking it to the man by building your own components to your specifications. I am currently adding information on a third project, game show controls for the You Don't Know Jack trivia games.
To do these projects, you'll need a few tools such as a soldering iron, power drill, and multimeter. If you know nothing about electronics, well, consider this a reason to learn. No rocket science is involved in these projects, and just about anyone ought to be able to complete them with enough patience. Tool tips and soldering techniques are described for those of you who may be unfamiliar with electronics.If you are already familiar with basic electronics, these are both 1-afternoon tasks - once you get all the parts.
These pages have a large number of inline jpegs, a necessary evil. If you have a slow connection you may wish to turn automatic image loading off. All of the photos have alternate text labels so you'll know what you are loading.
Sorry, but at this time I have no plans to offer these items for sale. Thanks to those of you who have asked, though.
If you have constructed your own controllers, send me some text and photos and I'll add your work to the site.
About the Photos
Most of the photos on this page were taken with a Casio QV-11 digital camera. Most of the construction jpegs are 320x240, and about 50k in size. The QV-11 isn't perfect, but it made this site possible. An Apple QuickTake 200 was used for the images on the Cool Parts page - faster than scanning! The QT is also used for the You Don't Know Jack controllers project.
I'm in the market for a more modern digital camera, and the Sega Dreamcast joystick project is on hold until I get it.