Stronger Xbox Controller

Above is a step by step method of strengthening the thumbsticks on a wireless Xbox 360 controller. This was built for someone who was repeatedly breaking thumb-sticks on Xbox One controllers.

This is an Xbox 360 controller which with a wireless receiver can be used on PCs, Raspberry Pis and Xbox 360. With an appropriate adapter (I used a Titan Two) it can be used on Xbox One, PS4 and other machines quite easily.

The basics are as follows:

1. Get an Xbox 360 controller to adapt, and donor metal thumb stick units from the likes of a JoyTech PSone Jolt controller. An Armor 3 might do the trick too but I've not tried this. These are much stronger than the standard sticks.

2. Using desoldering braid (and a desoldering gun if available) remove the sticks from both controllers. You'll need to remove the left trigger (3 solder points and plastic clips) to get at the Xbox left-stick.

3. Firmly fit the metal thumb-stick units into place and solder onto the board. Replace the left-trigger assembly.

4. Use a stepper drill to widen the hole on the Xbox controller.

5. Check that the hole is big enough, or go back to step 4.

6. Brace the plastic thumb-sticks using SUGRU pushed firmly into the alternative thumb-stick tops. Ensure it does not touch any metal parts when fitted. Use some hot glue to further secure, and a little around the outer narrow shaft part. Aim for this to partly pad the stick, but still allow you full 360 degree movement.

7. Test all is good. If the plastic top part of the stick fails under stress, it's worth considering a turned wood alternative. Metal Xbox One Elite controller tops would need the shaft to be packed out with something very strong for them to be suitable, as they are too loose otherwise.

See more Do It Yourself help at the DIY pages.

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Mojo Hypersensitive Racetrack (Scalextric) Controller

Above is a video of an adapted Scalextric track for easier access. It uses a custom Celtic Magic "Mojo" arranged by the brilliant charity Remap. This set-up gives full speed control via a small upward movement of a toe.


More game controller mods and builds....

White PS4 Dual Shock with added push buttons for L3 and R3

HORI Real Arcade Pro fitted with switch sockets and surface buttons on/off switch. Rear view.

HORI Real Arcade Pro arcade stick, fitted with an analogue stick with easy grip sponge tennis ball top.

Two Xbox One white Joypad controllers lightened sticks and fitted with discrete switch sockets for Co-Pilot use.

A batch of custom controllers I've built recently include a PS4 Dual Shock with low-profile low-pressure push buttons in the grips for L3 and R3.

There's an arcade stick fitted with an analogue joystick, switch sockets, on/off switch for surface buttons and lots of custom modes including a nice first-person exploration mode I tweaked with thanks to a suggestion from Francis Binnie at SpecialEffect. Hope to get a D.I.Y. guide up for this before too long. My friend Shaz is borrowing this and said it was "as smooth as butter" using the Ultimarc U360 stick.

There's also a pair of adapted Xbox One controllers with switch sockets, lightened joysticks designed to be used together with Co-Pilot simultaneous play modes.


Pink Trombone (web toy)

Simple pink and white cut away diagram of the vocal systems of a human.

Pink Trombone is a point and click or drag web toy that simulates how human's produce sound. It's huge fun found via a Now Play This festival write-up. Play along to Large Number to make a particular type of music / racket.

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One Switch Driving (Need for Speed Rivals)

"This works great! Never thought I could do a driving game ever again, but now I can.....I've got need for speed perfect for me." So pleased to receive these messages from Colin McDonnell this weekend and his video above.

Colin took the previously detailed two-switch mode, and by tweaking the speed of the car, and steering, got it working well for him. This particular set-up was supported by SpecialEffect, building on my free to share One Switch Pulse system.

Huge thanks to Clive Galway for improving UCR so much which helps this to work as it does.

Image of a Bugatti Veyron police car in front of a pack of other cars. One Switch icon in top right corner.

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Co-Pilot, 2 Switch and 1 Switch Driving

The three rough and ready videos above show a slew of methods for playing a driving game with reduced controls. Top uses Microsoft's fantastic Xbox One Co-pilot feature, not so much for team play but to combine a standard wireless controller, using just the left-stick, with a custom accessibility set-up.

The second video shows a two-switch method for driving. This might be one head switch and one "shout box".

The bottom video shows a one-switch method of driving. This requires the auto-scanning "One Switch Pulse" system to be active. Three fast taps cycles between go fast / drift / reverse / drift. Otherwise the switch controls alternate steering left / right.

Screen shot reading Controller. Three boxed items read Button mapping, Vibration settings and Copilot settings.

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Björk 'Notget VR'


New Shout Box Switch

Image of a Shout Box assistive technology device with microphone and switch adapted video game controller.

Image of a black and white box of electronics with dial, three LEDs and microphone grill. Text reads SHOUT BOX, with modes for pulse, toggle and normal.

The Shout Box is the result of a tie up between and Jason Hotchkiss. It gives an extra sound activated switch input to anyone who can make a deliberate sound, or puff of air. For people not getting on with speech recognition, or needing something that's much faster to react, this is ideal. Here's some possible uses....
  • Use with a switch adapted toy or gadget.
  • Use to play a one-switch game.
  • Use with a C-SID II and be the wind in Flower on the PS3/PS4.
  • Use as an extra control for any video game with an adapted controller.
  • Use to create art or music (probably using head-phones).
  • Use with the OneSwitch Pulse system to control a mouse, on screen keyboard and play games.
Added to the OneSwitch Accessible Gaming Shop.

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New One Handed Controller Kit (Wireless)

Sony PS3 Navigation controller with wireless adapter and Titan One adapter for the brains of the kit.

Very pleased with a new wireless One Handed Controller kit I now have up for sale in the accessible gaming shop. It works on PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Raspberry Pi and others are possible.

It has a range of custom modes to improve comfort, especially so for driving and exploration. The stick can act as the left-stick, right-stick, d-pad, touch-pad, six-axis, shapes/ABXY and hybrid modes. Extra controls and modes can be accessed via the methods explained in the instruction booklet (link here).

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Computer Space 2 Player (1972)

Old fart curiosity, a live recording from a 1972 Two Player Computer Space machine. You can play a simulation of the 1971 original one-player coin-op game over at the OneSwitch games area.

1972 Green with speckle-fleck glitter cabinet and brushed stainless steel shallow-V control panel with two joysticks, two buttons, coin slot and instructions.

Full view of a turned on Computer Space machine from 1972.




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