Cheap Custom Controllers on a Budget…
When people ask me ‘how can I get chep custom controllers on a budget’, or ‘where can I get a custom controller for cheap’, I usually ask them what customizations do they want. Typically there are three different customizations that people go after.
1.) I want my cheap custom controller to look cool
2.) I want my cheap custom controller to feel different
3.) I want my cheap custom controller to have rapid fire
All of these objectives are achievable for cheap. You just have to determine which ones you want, and then which ones are your priorities. Depending on your budget you may be able to accomplish all of the above at the same time without breaking the bank.
Cheap Custom Controllers on a Budget – To make your controller look cool on a budget…
I always start with a custom LED case from the people over at XCM. These can be purchased at sites like llama.com and Divineo.cn. Check out this article where we explain what case mods are available. At the time of this article these cases were ‘cheap’, and only cost ~$35.
Cheap Custom Controllers on a Budget – To make your controller feel different on a budget…
I always start by installing custom thumbsticks. These are the most used pieces of the controller, and a change in the thumbstick texture can change up your gameplay and even make an old controller feel new. Several sites offer sticks for cheap. I would check out
modjunkiez.com. They have a great selection of colored and grip enhanced thumsticks which can easily install in your existing controller using only a Security Torx T8 tool and a small Phillips screw driver. At the time of this article these sticks cost ~$6, while a D-pad and thumbstick change cost ~$8.
Cheap Custom Controllers on a Budget – To make your controller rapid fire on a budget…
I always prefer the do-it-yourself (DIY) method, and it is usually your best bet for keeping things on the cheap. Although this isn’t the easiest method, a little bit of sweat and elbow grease will save you some serious cash. There is a method found on youtube that you used t be able to use if you have a very old matrix style
controller. This method used two wires and a button. However, it does not work on any recent games games and most of the old ones have been patched by Microsoft. To accomplish this today, you have to use a microcontroller to perform some electrical magic inside the controller. Kits for this kind of modification
can be found on sites like eBay for around $10 – $15, but they do not offer support, are not updateable, and many times only work on one game. However this site offers a DIY option for as little as $37 plus parts. Parts can range from ~$60.00 pre kitted to $16 if you buy them yourself. Check it out at the Phoenix System hompage.