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modding ps3 controller

PostedCOLON Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:19 am
by Evilbenson
hi, im modding a ps3 controller, the dual shock controller...im adding clear buttons and lighting them up with blue leds, im using 5mm & 3mm leds, di i need to add resistors and if so do i need to add them for each led or just 1 where it connects to the positive or negative on the board......also what size resistors will i need and will they be different for each type of led.........my 3mm leds are the same and the leds that tell ya whicj player ya are on the back of the controller and the 5mm led are the sort with legs sticking out the bottom. any help will be greatly accepted

Re: modding ps3 controller

PostedCOLON Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:51 pm
by phenoptix
Hello and welcome to the forums! I've not done much PS3 modding if I'm honest, so this project is a good place for me to start. Hopefully I'll have a bit of time tomorrow to see where we can get power on the PS3 controller, I think Almurry's post in this section has a description but pics are worth a thousand words eh? So I'll get the camera out too.

Re: modding ps3 controller

PostedCOLON Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:48 pm
by Almurray42
Hi there Buddy, Welcome! :D
I have modded several Ps3 controllers over time, and from what I can remember, You will Probably want to use either 330 Ohm Or 270 Ohm Resistors on each one of the Led's, To be honest the Voltage is never high enough to Blow the led's If you are using Blues or whites, but to be on the safe side Use 270 Ohm Or 330 OHm resistors on each of the Led's depending on the colours. (Blue Green White For 330Ohm, Red Pink Yellow For 270Ohm)

And I do apologise about the Non Photographed TUT, It was a copied tut from a different website; Obviously any Tutorials made by me are top notch ;) Hahaha

Re: modding ps3 controller

PostedCOLON Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:18 am
by Evilbenson
does it matter what wattage the resisters are as there are 1/4watt and 1watt...aslo cani use surface mount resistors as theyd be the easyest to use as there isnt much room inside a ps3 controller. i hope i can cos they are £1 for 15 and im using at least 20 leds on each controller. cheers for all your help and if theres anything i can help you with then dont hesitate to ask

Re: modding ps3 controller

PostedCOLON Tue May 01, 2012 1:18 am
by Almurray42
Evilbenson wroteColondoes it matter what wattage the resisters are as there are 1/4watt and 1watt...aslo cani use surface mount resistors as theyd be the easyest to use as there isnt much room inside a ps3 controller. i hope i can cos they are £1 for 15 and im using at least 20 leds on each controller. cheers for all your help and if theres anything i can help you with then dont hesitate to ask


I'd say use 1/4 Watt but its not mega important,, and running that many Led's off a little controller battery will draw enough current/voltage for the led's not to blow, so if you are using 10+ Led's in one controller, Just don't use a resistor (Or put ONE resistor on the Positive point going to all led's of about 1kOhm... I cant quite remember the specific solder points and voltages for the Playstation controllers, I've moved on to X-box now! (Unfortunately :P)

Re: modding ps3 controller

PostedCOLON Tue May 01, 2012 12:38 pm
by Evilbenson
but modding xbox controllers are a lot easier, ive just done mine, added blue buttons/triggers and changed leds too. the only problem is they new parts dont fit quite right so ya have to fettle with them a bit like sanding/fileing the inside of the triggers as they rub and slows the action down

Re: modding ps3 controller

PostedCOLON Tue May 01, 2012 2:14 pm
by Almurray42
Evilbenson wroteColonbut modding xbox controllers are a lot easier, ive just done mine, added blue buttons/triggers and changed leds too. the only problem is they new parts dont fit quite right so ya have to fettle with them a bit like sanding/fileing the inside of the triggers as they rub and slows the action down


True, ps3 controllers are a bugger to reassemble! But it really is worth it as a lot less people have Modded ps3 pads... As I said using more than 10 led's you'll probably be okay without any resistors,