I recently undertook a minor project to acquire a new arcade stick and mod it with SANWA arcade components. This is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while, but has always been held up by costs or the need for additional tools for the processes involved.
I still have 2x Dreamcast Agetec sticks that I would like to adapt, but the need to widen the holes for buttons and cut spacing for changing the PCB etc has enabled my natural tendency towards procrastination. However, a desire to replace my current 6 button Xbox 360 stick & cronusmax combo with a new 8 button model for my PS4 sent me to Google.
A little research found that this “budget” stick from venom was fairly well regarded, and even better all of the parts are compatible with standard SANWA arcade components. As a bonus, it even has easily replaceable art. The stick itself I picked up from my local GAME, it was pretty much the same price as everywhere online, and I had a bunch of trade-in credit that made it extra cheap. The Venom PS4 arcade stick is available from Amazon here, note this is an affiliate link which will earn me commission if you purchase.
There are various guides for this mod around, but I found this one most useful. I used Arcade World UK for all the components, and purchased these:
- 8x SANWA OBSF-30 buttons (6 red with yellow surround, 2 yellow with red surround)
- This SANWA JLF-TP-8YT ball top joystick (in red, of course)
- A cable to connect the stick to the PCB
Some people also suggest getting an octagonal gate, but once I found out what they were talking about, I decided I was happy with the standard square one…
Street Fighter V was the primary motivation for getting involved in this, and I decided straight away that I would be going for a “Ken” theme. I found this artwork online that someone else had shared to use for now. I have asked a friend to look at maybe making a new custom design for me, so hopefully I’ll be changing to something new later. Cutting the artwork wasn’t as bad as expected, I had it printed onto A3 and with patience and a decent blade it was pretty painless:
Changing the components over and fitting the art was all straight-forward, no messing at all!
I am really pleased with the results, and very much enjoying using the controller online. I intend to re-purpose at least the original buttons from the Venom Stick, putting them into one of the Dreamcast sticks once I get my hands on a dremel…