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This tutorial will show how to use the Playstation 2 Controller (PS2) with the Raspberry Pi. We use the Arduberry to adapt the shield to the Raspberry Pi.

 
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Step 1: Hardware Required

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  1. Raspberry Pi
  2. Arduberry
  3. Dexter Industries Playstation 2 Controller Shield for Arduino
  4. A Playstation 2 controller or a similar clone (Please Check the wiki for the compatible clones)

Step 2: Stack the PS2 controller

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Stack the PS2 controller connector to the PS2 shield and slide the shield on to the Arduberry. Slide the Arduberry on to the Raspberry Pi and power it on.

Step 3: Setting up the Software

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Clone the library from the Github Repository to /usr/share/Arduino/libraries.

cd /usr/share/arduino/libraries
sudo git clone  https://github.com/DexterInd/Arduino-PS2X.git

Rename the library from Arduino-PS2X to Arduino_PS2X

sudo mv Arduino-PS2X/ Arduino_PS2X/

Step 4: Upload the code to Arduberry

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Open Arduino, and open the example PS2X_Example from the Arduino_PS2X folder. Change the programmer to Raspberry Pi GPIO and upload the sketch to the Arduberry(use Ctrl+Shift+U).

Step 5: Setting up Serial Port

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The data that is coming from the PS2 shield is coming at 57600 baud, so we need to configure minicom. Follow Access the Serial port using minicom guide to change the baud rate to 57600.

Step 6: Getting the Data on the Serial Port

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Make sure that the controller is connected to the Arduino shield and switched on. Press reset on the Arduberry to start receiving the data.

The PS2 Controller is now ready to be used in any project that you like.

scott!1 month ago

What is the benefit to this over a USB to PS2 adapter?

mfrontuto4 months ago

could the controller be used as a remote control for XBMC if installed on the Pi?

dexter_industries (author)  mfrontuto4 months ago
You can get the button states in Python and C, so if you know how to control the XBMC using any of those two languages, then it should be pretty easy to use the controller as a Remote Control.
audreyobscura5 months ago

Neat concept! I can't wait to see more projects with it.