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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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Re: Waveshare Game HAT - replace buttons and joystick

Post by Hgoel89 » Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:20 am

HoolyHoo wrote:
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
Can you please confirm the size of soft tactiles you used? A link is also fine.

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Re: Waveshare Game HAT - replace buttons and joystick

Post by HoolyHoo » Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:27 am

Hgoel89 wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:20 am
HoolyHoo wrote:
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
Can you please confirm the size of soft tactiles you used? A link is also fine.
I used the 8mm soft tactile buttons linked above from adafruit.

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Re: Waveshare Game HAT - replace buttons and joystick

Post by Hgoel89 » Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:31 am

@hoolyhoo thanks for confirming. I will be getting the psp mini thumb stick and try to get it working. Will post it once it's done. I plan to

1) remove left speaker
2) remove tall stick

3) add breakout board for mini stick at speaker position, get the interfacing done.
4) put 4 tactile button with 3d printed dpad on top. This will be at current analog stick position


I will be using double sided foam tape for mounting.

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Re: Waveshare Game HAT - replace buttons and joystick

Post by Hgoel89 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:28 am

HoolyHoo wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:27 am

I used the 8mm soft tactile buttons linked above from adafruit.
Hey Hoolyhoo,

I can confirm that the joystick below works directly with game hat.

https://www.adafruit.com/product/2765

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