Rate This 'Better' Xbox 360 Controller, Made With Parts From An Old PlayStation Gamepad

"This post is for true pro gamers", the article warns, a photo of a sleek black and grey controller marking the start of your adventure into echelons of the elite. It's true, though, that competitive gamers will seek any edge they can, even if that includes merging an Xbox controller with a PlayStation one, to create the One True Gamepad.

Despite the cheesy sentence prefacing it, I couldn't help but be somewhat impressed by this "better" Xbox 360 controller mod over on Instructibles. Put together by user "picturebandit", it details a reworked peripheral that should "help you WIN!" via the following upgrades:

  • rounded thumb sticks for better feel and grip
  • bump stops for less trigger action
  • textured body for better grip
  • blacked out buttons just because your [sic] a freaking pro!

The core parts of the modification involve restricting the trigger buttons so they depress only as far as needed and replacing the thumbsticks with those of an original PlayStation controller. The rest of the tutorial guides you through the process of cleaning and painting the controller to look, uh, sick as, and to improve the grip.

I wouldn't mind building my own custom controller, unfortunately, I'd be more likely to drill through my hand or inhale the paint, fall unconscious and impale myself on a loose screw.

How about you guys? Do you think this altered gamepad would give you an edge? Even better — have you forged your own power peripheral?

A better xbox 360 controller (easy - medium difficulty) [Instructables]

Images: picturebandit


    I have considered modding controllers to suit myself. Adjust the resistance on the sticks and stuff. But I am WAY too scared of messing it up just for the sake of a little more comfort.

    >>for true pro gamers
    >>Xbox 360


    Considering how much grief the 360 dpad gets... it's odd that he doesn't swap that over too.

      Cleary this guy is a idiot the only thing needing replacing is the dpad... Ps3 thumb sticks are sooooooooo crap

        i like the ps3 thumb sticks, those indents on the 360 ones are stupid and leave marks on my thumbs

          Agreed ps3 sticks are far superior in comfort and usability

          I find my thumbs slip off the PS3 sticks. Never had that problem with the Xbox controller. I love the little indents while they last - I have rough skin and the indents on my left thumbstick are basically gone, lol.

          I'm a Keyboard and mouse gamer, predominantly, but I don't think I'd change the Xox controller at all. I will same that for overall shape, nothing comes close to the GameCube pad.

      Agreed. I think the 360's controller is pretty great except for that damn dpad. Get onto fixing it, Microsoft.

    I modded to controlers myself, there is definitely an improvement. Now I use a Scuf controler and will never look back.

    I use the XIM3 with mouse/keyboard on the Xbox 360. Problem solved.

    @greenlego please, pm me or something, I'd love to know how to get my gaming mouse and keyboard and game pass working on my Xbox 360... I hate the inability to adjust the sensitivity of the analog sticks in FPS games like halo 4 for aiming... would love to switch over to my nostomo game pad and Logitech wireless gaming mouse...

    This wouldn't give you any edge at all... The only way to give yourself an edge by enhancing an xbox 360 controller is to give it back paddles/extra buttons so you can do more things at once. i.e. scuf gaming controllers :)

    It sucks like the original just because of that D-Pad... i just can't stand this controller D-Pad... But good job...

    I prefer PS3, smoother, lighter and lot more sensitive

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