Hey all, I decided to go and take a serious crack at this thing (again) finally. I started on one over a year ago (back around late 06 early 07) and it just didn't really hold my interest and kinda fizzled out. I didn't have a PS3 at that point either, so it woulda been real fun to try and test it out had I finished it and troubleshooting it would have been impossible. Plus doing it the way I was going about it with the older 'Matrix' style 360 board was just more of a headache than it was worth.
Not to take anything at all from the one Ben Heckendorn did, but using tact switches for every button isn't my thing. This one uses the 360 controller's board (stripped of almost every component) as to use it's button's contacts, so it 'feels' like a 360 controller does, as far as pushing buttons goes you can't tell one from the other. I did the Duke360 and 360 S-controller the same way. It's a load more work on the one hand, but pays off big time when yer all done and the controller doesn't feel any different at all.
Since my first go at this Sony has gone and made serious revision changes to the SixAxis boards and the new DualShock 3 uses these new changes as well. See HERE if ya want more info on that.
M$ as well has made revision changes to both of their controllers (Wired and Wireless) and the new Wired CL version board (I'm using a Wireless shell though) makes for doing this thing a good deal easier than how it was going before with the older style 360 board.
With the release of the DS3 I figured may as well use it since the straight up SixAxis just sux, plus the 360 shell has room for the motors anyway, so it all just made sense and more work, but if yer gonna do it may as well stuff it all in there.
Here's the thing so far, and yes I know it's a mess right now and it isn't going to get much better looking before it's all over with until it goes in the shell. The D-pad, Select, PS, Start, Square, Triangle, Circle, Cross, L1/R1 and L3/R3 buttons are all wired up right now and working, as are the LEDs for showing which controller it is.
All that's left to do are the L2/R2 buttons/Triggers, the Reset/Off button that's on the bottom of the controller and get the Sticks all wired up, then cram it all in the shell. Not that any of it's incredibly more difficult than what's been done on it already, just a lot more wiring to smaller spots than what one would think because of the new Sticks these things use.
Changing the buttons over to the PS3 ones isn't a huge priority right now, that's cosmetic, I'm just after the main things right now with this and that's something that will be done laster on.
Aside from this controller looking and feeling like any other 360 controller, it will also use the PnC cable that charges a 360 Wireless controller to charge this one. This lets me toss the Mini USB connector of the PS3 controller and not have to make that look all pretty mounted somewhere and use a cable that plugs into the 360 controller nicely already. The Sync button next to the PnC connector will be the Reset/Off button also.