Does the classic PlayStation 2 controller support a USB standard? I.E., can I cut the cable and solder a USB connector to it?

  • As far as I'm aware, no. – Powerlord Apr 17 '16 at 22:01
  • I assume not, considering it doesn't use a USB connector – Unionhawk Apr 17 '16 at 22:01
  • Having said that, PS3 controllers use the USB standard. – Powerlord Apr 17 '16 at 22:01
  • Have you considered getting a PS2->USB adapter? I've owned a few like this - amazon.com/Trenro-Dual-PlayStation-Controller-Adapter-2/dp/… Also, PS3/PS4 controllers can be hooked up over USB or Bluetooth, with the right drivers. – agent86 Apr 18 '16 at 0:10
  • Yeah, but not having electronic monies is a pain: Amazon doesn't take cash. – Daniel Apr 18 '16 at 0:11

Directly interfacing a PlayStation 2 controller to USB is a losing proposition. The protocols and hardware are not at all compatible. You're in for way too much work, risk, and pain.

You can, however, buy a cheap adapter for just a couple of bucks. These tend to be cheap both in terms of cost and in terms of reliability, so I suggest buying someplace with a good warranty/return policy.

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  • I can confirm these adapters work. I just played some Guilty Gear X2 and it worked perfectly after setting up the mappings. – Jonathan May 4 '16 at 3:47

You can not simply replace a PlayStation 2 controller connection with a USB connection, and expect it to work.

The immediate clue is in the wires. Not only do the data lines mis-match, but the power line for the controller uses 3.3 volts, and USB supplies 5 volts.

PlayStation controller connector

Simply connecting the controller to a powered USB slot could cause unsalvageable damage.

With specific knowledge and skill in electronics and the data being exchanged, it is definitely plausible. There are guides online for doing so, but they can be are generally complex, and not for the layman.

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  • Waiting for accept-timer to expire... – Daniel Apr 17 '16 at 22:06
  • But thanks. I'm considering getting a PS3 controller (probably not a PS4, I don't like wireless). Or I may just bust out the old PS2 itself. – Daniel Apr 17 '16 at 22:08
  • @Daniel PS3 controllers are also wireless. However, both PS3 and PS4 controllers can be connected using a USB A to B-mini cable. At least I think it's B-mini. – Powerlord Apr 17 '16 at 22:09
  • As a side note I need to figure out how to connect it to the internet (if that's possible of the PS2?) – Daniel Apr 17 '16 at 22:10
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    Do you mean "unsalvageable damage"? – Jeremy Apr 17 '16 at 22:10

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