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hooking 2 playstation controllers together

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by [email protected], Jul 19, 2007.

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  1. Guest

    I want to combine the functionality of two PlayStation controllers. I
    want the digital pot controllers (mini joysticks) from one controller
    and the button configuration for the other. I don't want the
    controllers physically combined just functionally. I tried cutting the
    cords on the both controllers and splicing them together into one
    plug. When I tried to use the controller they were completely dead.

    I am a pretty sure that the solder joints on the splices were good and
    the wires on the two controllers seemed to follow the same color
    scheme though one of the controllers had one more wire which I hooked
    to the correct pin-out. I used a lead free silver solder with no flux
    but the contacts seemed good.

    My best guesses as to why it does not work are:

    1) The PlayStation does not put out enough power for both controllers.

    2) The controller put out digital instead of analogue signals and they
    are interfering with each-other.

    Does anybody know why this attempt failed or have a suggestion as to
    how I can get the joysticks on one controller to work with the buttons
    on a separate controller. I only have basic equipment and a small
    budget but there is a good electronics store and a radioshack in
    driving distance.
  2. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Thank God I've never even been even slightly interested in such a futile
    endeavour. Tell me, just how important is a Sony Play Station in seeking your
    life's fulfilment ?

    Have you ever considered taking a walk (or bicycle ride) in the countryside or
    even attempting to 'expand' your mind by reading 'literature' for example ?


  3. How is it any worse than your lifetime fulfilment of writing useless
    comments in sci.electronics.*?
  4. Bob

    Bob Guest

    OUCH! I haven't seen a beating like that since Rodney King.

  5. I guess I better be careful then or he might sue me for defamation of

    Oh nevermind!!! I just found a nickle on the floor. I'm sure that will cover
    any damage I could do.
  6. wow , imagine if everyone thought like you !!!!! so what if i, he plays
    playstation, ????everybody does everything differant.
    maybe he does go bike riding , or reaDS literATuRE , AND PLAYS
    PLAYSTATION , gadzooks , bet you never thought of that u TWAT.

  7. Wouldn't that be "Delamination of a donkey"?

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  8. Dave

    Dave Guest

    you can't just hook 2 together like that

    As far as I am aware, there are clock and data lines. The pad is
    intelligent. It decodes which button is pressed and sends a signal back.
  9. Peter S. May

    Peter S. May Guest

    That's right on. The fact that there are so many buttons on the
    controller yet so few pins on its connector should be some indication
    that data is being serialized instead of read directly. As far as I'm
    aware, the last time potentiometers in controllers were read directly
    over the line was in pre-NES times (think PONG paddles).

  10. Guest

    Lol, I read about a novel a week. I read Jane Eyre Last week,. I am
    reading a scifi novel this week. I will start on war and peace in
    about a week. The reason I wan't to hook the two playstions together
    is because I have an idea for a new piece of exercise equipment. I
    don't actually play with a playstaion very often. It is my nephews.
  11. Guest

    So on the pad the buttons are not simple switch closures? The next
    thing I was going to try is splicing the pad button output to the hand
    controller connections. I know that the hand controller buttons are
    simple switch closures because a ling time ago I created my own pad
    controller before they became commercially availble.
  12. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    Yes, the controller uses digital signaling, the easiest way to do what
    you want would be to disconnect analogue joystick parts of one controller
    and run wires to the same parts in the other controller.

    The hard way would be to build a device that can interpret and combine the
    digital signals in such a way that the console sees only a single

  13. Mr Linux Guy

    Mr Linux Guy Guest

    We are here to *HELP* people, not dissuade them into doing thisese
    And most people who do electronics do already have expanded minds in
    order to do this stuff, thanks.
    And BTW, i also ride my bicycle.
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