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PS3 controller button swap?

by Yukima Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:50 am

This may seem a bit odd... How difficult is it to open up a PS3 controller and swap the X and O button functions? I have a Japanese PS3 and the default button settings are hardcoded to O for accept and X for cancel. For most US games I play, it's okay because the X and O buttons are programmed with the US layout. But a few games follow my PS3's hardcoding and the Japanese O and X layout, regardless of region (ALL the Tales games!) Unfortunately, I play these games the most, and it wreaks havoc whenever I do multiplayer with friends used to the US layout. I'm not willing to hack my PS3, or buy a US PS3 (I bought this one specifically for the nice blue color the US never got) so I thought about buying a few controllers and swapping the buttons and have them as dedicated Tales controllers.

So... is button swapping difficult to do, or can I find someone who can do it for me?
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Re: PS3 controller button swap?

by Ziggy587 Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:41 pm

If you wanted to hardware hack the controller to physically swap those two buttons, it's possible but not easy. You'd have to cut the traces for X and O then use jumper wire to reconnect them (in reverse).
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Re: PS3 controller button swap?

by Yukima Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:53 pm

Hmm... okay.

I guess if re-wiring the controller is hard, are there any remapping apps or adapters available that don't require jailbreaking? I looked around online and found this adapter:

http://shop.controllermax.com/cronusmax_official.html

I wonder, is this any good? Apparently it lets you remap controller buttons, as well as use other console controllers.
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Re: PS3 controller button swap?

by Anapan Fri May 15, 2015 10:38 pm

Yukima wrote:Hmm... okay.

I guess if re-wiring the controller is hard, are there any remapping apps or adapters available that don't require jailbreaking? I looked around online and found this adapter:

http://shop.controllermax.com/cronusmax_official.html

I wonder, is this any good? Apparently it lets you remap controller buttons, as well as use other console controllers.


It's really good and it will work. I just realized I have 2 of these in my cupboard - each a different model - I don't even remember buying one of them. I decided to give one a try just now. It really does everything it says it can well. I'll have to get a different Bluetooth dongle to get my PS3 controller to work wirelessly as the 4 I had laying in the bottom of a drawer are not fully compatible - I can get a connection to start, but the controllers do not fully pair so I get no input through wireless - the P1-4 lights just blink. They sell compatible ones @ their shop for cheap. You'd think they'd include the bluetooth chip inside of it - as it is you have to buy one separately, and plug the dongle into it's USB input port.

The button remapping is very easy at least; It's amazing everything this little device can do.
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