DIY PSX to USB is A-OK!

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DIY PSX to USB is A-OK!

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Here’s a good project for those interested in getting started with microcontroller circuit builds – Izuna posted details on building a PSX controller –> USB converter using an ATmega8 chip –

Sure, you can buy an extensor and cut the cable, but you can also buy a PSX to USB adapter for cheap if you want. This is not the point, the point here is make something yourself (and if you have the rights tools beforehand, this is cheaper than buying the adapter [At least I think it is in Brazil]).
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The circuit is very simple, the Atmega8 do all the work, there is just some resistors and zeners to meet the standards for USB protocol, the oscillator crystal and some filtering caps

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6 thoughts on “DIY PSX to USB is A-OK!

  1. Ric_ says:

    Wicked make, is this going to let me use my old ps2 guitar with my xbox??????

    Ric

  2. bob says:

    there’s also a much simpler way to connect a playstation controller via a parallel port, and I do believe you can use it on a usb-to-parallel adapter. (probably the same price as the atmega)

  3. bob says:

    That’s right, it’s just 5 diodes, and an optional 9v source for vibration.

    http://www.raphnet.net/electronique/psx_adaptor/psx_adaptor_en.php

    Grab a $5 USB-to-parallel adapter off ebay and your controller will be compatible with computers for years to come… otherwise, who knows, your computer may even have a parallel port, have a look… this project may end up costing you less than a dollar.

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