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    X-Arcade USB upgrade kit

    I've had a dual stick X-Arcade controller for some years now and it is the original first version that requires connecting to the old style PS2 keyboard port, plus a PS2 keyboard connected to the controller itself. Not the best solution.

    The newer version added USB connectivity and allowed the controller to be connected either the same way as the original, via PS2 port and keyboard, or directly via USB without the need for a keyboard, so just like any other USB joystick.

    XGaming/X-Arcade released an adapter cable a while back for the first version to allow USB connecting, but it still required a PS2 keyboard to be connected to the controller as well, so still not much better.

    Now the company has released a proper USB upgrade kit for existing owners of the original X-Arcade Dual Stick controller. This upgrade kit includes a replacement PCB and the new cables required. I ordered one of these kits a couple of days ago and it arrived today. The online instructions say it only takes 10 minutes to upgrade but it took more like 20 minutes for me to do because of the fiddly access to the insides to do the upgrade.

    I can report that the upgrade works perfectly and has therefore upgraded my first edition X-Arcade controller to a current spec one. To use it I can now just plug the controller directly into any USB port and it is instantly recognised and installed. I just ran the online X-Arcade test utility and all keys are functioning perfectly.

    I will be posting a proper article on the upgrade process soon with some pictured showing the process and the parts. It isn't all that difficult. Everything plugs into the PCB via molex style connectors so it is a case of just unplugging from the old board and back into the new in the same locations. The only difference is that with the original it has fixed ports on the back of the controller for PS2 and Serial. Now these 2 ports are on a cable sticking out of the back (which I think is how the new retail controllers are now) and you get a rubber seal to fit around the original port hole to hang the cables out through. Not an issue but it doesn't quite look as neat as the original design did.

    Time for some MAME testing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harrison View Post
    I've had a dual stick X-Arcade controller for some years now and it is the original first version that requires connecting to the old style PS2 keyboard port, plus a PS2 keyboard connected to the controller itself. Not the best solution.
    Why, it just works perfectly.

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    I always found it a bit of a cumbersome setup and it was also not plug and play. You always had to have the X-Arcade and keyboard plugged in before booting the PC. Now with the USB setup it is possible to just plug the X-Arcade directly into any USB port on any PC when I want to use it and it gets instantly recognised and is ready to use.

    Obviously the original design also didn't work with USB keyboards and I mainly use them now.

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