Posted on January 19, 2012.

Many moons ago, I got an urge to play Street Fighter IV on the Xbox 360. This was entirely unrelated to the fact that college put a Super Street Fighter II Alpha machine in their games room, and the pound after pound of my student loan that I pumped into it.

Unfortunately, I was now hooked on the arcade stick controller - going back to a D-Pad on a controller was no longer an option. Xbox 360 control sticks were (are) expensive, and so I decided to make my own.

I was very pleased with how it turned out - it looks like it belongs in the captain's cabin on a ship exploring the sea, circa 1800. Flickr has a picture of the finished item, though it doesn't capture the best bit of the project - the breakaway box.

You see, I was unhappy with the idea of only using this stick on the Xbox. All the microswitches for the buttons in the controller itself, therefore, are just connected to pins on a parallel port. There is then a project box that contains all the electronics unique to the Xbox 360 (where I have taken a MadCatz controller, and am just piggybacking on the pads - due to some proprietary electronics in Xbox 360 controllers, there's no other option for homebrewed controllers). When I want to make the stick work with another console, therefore, I just have to make another project box!