Waveshare Game HAT - replace buttons and joystick

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Waveshare Game HAT - replace buttons and joystick

Post by dataframe » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:52 am

Hello dear sudomoders,

as the title suggests, I got myself a Game HAT from waveshare - so far, Im really satisfied with the product and the easy installation process.

However, one thing which slighty dampens my happiness with the product are the A/B/Y/X/Start/Select buttons (they are pretty loud and clicky) - so I was thinking about replacing them with some kind of software tactile buttons (like the ones from adafruit: https://www.adafruit.com/product/3101).

As Im pretty new to hardware-related work (being a software developer), Im curios if there are other ways or some recommended hardware for realising such a project - I'd love to install some kind of buttons like they were used in psx/xbox controllers (hard-shell buttons without clicking noises).

I think the downside of the soft tactile buttons are the missing button covers (like the current shells of the game hat).

Another component which I'd like to replace is the joystick because it is just too big (height) with a PSP 2-Axis analog thumb joystick (like this one here: https://www.adafruit.com/product/3103) - are these components compatible with each other?



Thank you all for the support and your time!

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Re: Waveshare Game HAT - replace buttons and joystick

Post by HoolyHoo » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:17 am

dataframe wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:52 am
Hello dear sudomoders,

as the title suggests, I got myself a Game HAT from waveshare - so far, Im really satisfied with the product and the easy installation process.

However, one thing which slighty dampens my happiness with the product are the A/B/Y/X/Start/Select buttons (they are pretty loud and clicky) - so I was thinking about replacing them with some kind of software tactile buttons (like the ones from adafruit: https://www.adafruit.com/product/3101).

As Im pretty new to hardware-related work (being a software developer), Im curios if there are other ways or some recommended hardware for realising such a project - I'd love to install some kind of buttons like they were used in psx/xbox controllers (hard-shell buttons without clicking noises).

I think the downside of the soft tactile buttons are the missing button covers (like the current shells of the game hat).

Another component which I'd like to replace is the joystick because it is just too big (height) with a PSP 2-Axis analog thumb joystick (like this one here: https://www.adafruit.com/product/3103) - are these components compatible with each other?



Thank you all for the support and your time!
Replacing the buttons is relatively easy and has been done. Replacing the joystick probably requires a little more work with the mounting and connection. Here is a link to a case that I made after I did the mod of the soft tactile switches so you see what is possible. I kept the joystick, however, I still use the same 12mm tact caps that come with the original Game Hat.

https://gumroad.com/l/GdONp

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Re: Waveshare Game HAT - replace buttons and joystick

Post by dataframe » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:29 am

@HoolyHoo - thank you very much for your answer - so its possible to use the hard-shell caps on the soft tactile buttons?

I really like your case, I'll give it a try with my brothers 3d-printer!

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