Xbox One Padhack & Joystick Building Tutorial
I want to preface this post by saying that this is a work in progress and that more info such as tools you will need, picture examples, links and details regarding wiring up the triggers will be added in the very near future.
Warning. I will take no responsibility for what you choose to do with your controller and what your outcome may be. Many people will probably ruin solder points, cut traces, short out boards and this and any unforeseen damage or loss of property is solely the responsibility of the owner. I will not be held accountable for anything I say on this page explicitly or implicitly telling you how to perform this modification to your Xbox One Controller. If you understand the risks involved (including, but not limited to, ruining your controller or other property, personal injury or anything stemming from this activity) and take sole responsibility for your actions, you may continue to read. Otherwise stop here and click THIS LINK where you can buy your own Xbox One Joystick.
Before we dive into this I want to try to provide you with a general list of tools and items you will need for taking apart your Xbox One controller, soldering wires to the necessary signals and hooking it up to use in your joystick. So here we go:
-T8 Security Torx Bit
-T6 Torx Bit (it is possible to use a very small flathead screwdriver to remove the smaller Torx screws)
-Soldering Flux (recommended but not necessary)
-Razor Blade/Utility Knife/Exacto Knife (anything to scrape the black carbon film off of the copper contacts on the PCB)
-Insulated Wire (I prefer 26-28 gauge stranded wire)
-Wire Strippers (you can improvise here but if you have all the other things I would imagine you'd have THESE)
-Electrical Tape or Heat Shrink Tubing (primarily to cover the resistors if you plan on doing the triggers)
Watt 100 ohm Resistors (only if you are going to wire up the Left and Right Triggers)
-.110 Female Quick Connects (this is the size connector for your 30mm Japanese arcade buttons and you MIGHT need some larger ones depending on the type of Stick you are using. You may be able to just use the ones in your current stick.)
-Hot Glue Gun (HIGHLY recommended to stabilize your solder points and keep them from breaking)
-Multimeter (HIGHLY recommended for troubleshooting should you run into problems along the way. If something isn't working out for you and you ask me for help and you DON'T have a multimeter I will just shake my head and laugh at you. Get one! They are generally less than $10-$15 at Radio Shack. Mainly we will need to test for continuity and occasionally read voltages around 5v or less)
Just having the right tools is not necessarily enough though. You also need to have a basic understanding of how circuits work on a very simple level (open circuit vs closed circuit; continuity; etc.), experience soldering (check youtube and the internet for tutorials AND practice! Practice, Practice, Practice on some old circuit boards out of anything that is junk laying around the house. Old TV remotes, old game controllers, etc. If you don't know how to solder be prepared to ruin a few PCB's) and I STRONGLY urge you to read as much as possible about joysticks, buttons, PCB's, etc. on SlagCoin.com as it all pertains directly to everything I will discuss from here on out.
I. PCB Extraction
Follow the directions as provided in this embedded YouTube video. Once the PCB has been removed, peel away the clear, circular film covering the contact points for the D-pad. Also, be sure that you desoldered (or cut, very close) the wires from the rumble motors and trigger feedback.
II. Prepping the PCB
After peeling away the plastic covering the d-pad and desoldering the wires connecting the rumble motors and the haptic feedback from the triggers it is time to prepare our solder points.