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03 Dec 2019

Andy’s PS2 to Xbox One upgrade pays off

PS2 controllers. Remember them? Andy still uses one because his spinal muscular atrophy means that his fingers comfortably fit its shape and the second-hand ones he buys have quite light joysticks and buttons - much easier for him to move than the current Xbox and PS controllers.

Andy uses his PS2 controller with a PC, but because he buys used controllers, they often have faults.

Our therapists Frankie and Joe suggested a PS3 controller as it’s the same shape and size as a PS2 and it fitted his hands perfectly. He tried a lighter, low-force version that had the rumbles removed and the sticks/buttons modified to make them easier to move. We powered it up on the Xbox One via a Titan Two converter and Andy tried it in Forza Motorsport 7.

That was much easier, but he thought that the trigger buttons might be even better with low-force switches. So the team fixed two small foam-mounted switches via an XAC onto the back of the controller at just the right height for Andy’s index fingers.

The only button that was still a bit tricky was L3. Andy likes to sit with his right leg across with lap so we ran out a button switch from the XAC and carefully positioned it next his foot.

It was time for a road test in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and the good news is that Andy now has good access to every button on the controller. And he can now play games on his Xbox One again!

With your support we can carry on bringing more gaming magic to people like Andy.

Andy smiling sitting in wheelchair in the SpecialEffect Games Room

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