chebe: (Purple - DanceLikeNooneisWatching)
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I've taken to playing a few games recently. Others seem keen to encourage this behaviour. But look at this controller, how plain, how uninteresting.

Regular white and grey xbox 360 controller

Before; xbox 360 controller
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What I want is something more unusual, something more purple, and chrometastic. The closest I can get is in kit form. *cue montage music*

Purple-chrome controller shell, with bag of bits, and a couple of small screwdrivers

xbox 360 controller cover kit
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The kit comes with everything you need, except;
- the rubber pads under the plastic buttons that connect with the receptors on the board,
- the springs under the top trigger buttons,
- and annoyingly enough the four a/b/x/y buttons are all one colour and unmarked

There are six screws on the back of the controller, plus a seventh under the battery pack. Remove them and the back comes off with a little nudging.

View of back of controller with back removed, board with top trigger buttons and motors visible

controller with back removed
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The board and motors aren't attached, so they slide out easily, revealing the rubber pads you'll need to reuse. Under these are the plastic bits of the buttons. Grab whatever you want to reuse.

View of back of controller with back piece, and inner board removed, showing the rubber button pads

controller with back and board removed
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The kit includes the entire assembly for the trigger buttons, but these things are latched on very tightly to the board. I settled for just changing the buttons themselves (that would be visible from the outside). It's a bit tricky to ease them out, but it's doable.

View of back of board with top trigger buttons replaced

board with top trigger buttons replaced
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And then you just have to reassemble the whole thing in the new case. The d-pad has two screws attaching the front bit to the back bit, and the two toggle sticks just pull off/push on straight up from the mechanism on the front of the board. All rather straight-forward actually.

Controller with new cover in place

After; new case and buttons in place
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There, I'll be gaming in style now.
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