This tutorial goes over upgrading the firmware on your PS360+ Board so that you can play compatible PS4 games without the 8 minute time out, and still be able to play non compatible games (still maintaining the time out).
Please see the FAQ at the end for more information on the PS360+, what it is, if you have it, how to get it, and what the 8 minute time out is.
- Atmel's Flip software,for your OS, as well as Java --- Atmel's Flip
- The Latest Firmware Upgrade (Check the site for newer versions)
- Firmware Guide PDF
None (unless you have LEDs)
If LEDs then you'll need
- Precision screw driver
- Screw driver with the head/bit to match the screws on the top or bottom of your Arcade Stick
Step 1: Disconnecting LEDs (If You Don't Have LEDs Skip This Step)
- Open your Arcade Stick, most Arcade Sticks have screws on the top or the bottom that once removed will reveal the interior. Google your type of stick and you should be able to find instructions on how to open it. I couldn't possibly go over all of the different sticks, but they are are very simple to open with the corresponding screw driver.
- Locate the PS360+ Board, it will look like the picture provided.
- Unscrew the VCC terminal and pull the wire out. This will disable the LEDs while you upgrade the firmware, once the update has been completed you can put the wire back in and screw it back down. (Picture Provided)
Step 2: Make Your Computer Recognize the Arcade Stick
- Hold start on the Arcade Stick and plug it into your computer.
- More than likely you will see the error message in the attached picture.
- Open the PDF that I attached to this tutorial "Firmware Guides"
- Search for your operating system in the Guide and follow the instructions so that the computer recognizes your Arcade Stick.
- If you continue to get the error message then you can also try different usb slots. For some reason only one of mine started reading it after the fix in the Guide.
The guide also explains the rest of the tutorial, but I will go over it as well just in case my explanation helps any additional questions that you have.
Step 3: Upgrade Your Firmware
The rest of the Tutorial is lifted out of the guide that the PCB creators, Aki Shop, put together. I will place my personal comments in BOLD since things do not always go as planned.
Step 1. Start the FLIP software. (If you can't find it then search "Flip")
Step 2. Click on "Device - Select". Select "ATmega32U4" and click on "OK". (Many of the available selections look really close to the same name, so double check you select the correct one.)
Step 3. Click on "Settings - Communication -USB". In the new window click on "Open". (If you didn't get the computer to recognize the stick then this won't work. If you followed the guide for your operating system and it still isn't working, then unplug and plug the stick back in while holding "Start" on the stick. If that doesn't work then try a different USB input on the computer.)
Step 4. Click on "File - Load HEX File...", Find the ".hex" file you want to update with and click "OK". (You will notice that each update has a few .hex files, and a read me that explains them all. For the most part you want "PS360+v#.##.hex" the "#" indicate what ever version numbers you are upgrading to.)
Step 5. Click on "Run". Now it will start programming the Atmel chip. After it is done the four round balls to the left with have a green color. Done.
(Well the first time I did this all the balls did not light up green and my stick stopped working. The reason was that I had LED's connected to the VCC on the ps360+ board. If this happens to you, do not panic. Make sure you don't have any other mods drawing power from the VCC, even one LED button or a ball top connected will stop the chip from re writing. Simply disconnect anything drawing power and then go though the FLIP process again. If it still doesn't work, then you can take all the wires off of the board, leaving just the start button. Plug the board into the computer holding the button, and do the FLIP again, it will re write the board and work. I've never had one actually brick on me ever.)
Step 4: How to Use With a PS4
Now that you have updated the firmware you will be able to play any PS3 stick compatible PS4 games. After Mortal Kombat allowed PS3 sticks other companies seem to be following the trend.
If you want to play a game that is not compatible with PS3 sticks, then hold Light Punch and Light Kick as you plug the stick in and it will revert to PS4 mode with the 8 minute time out.
You will also need to have a wireless ps4 controller turned on, while playing.
Step 5: FAQ
-What is a PS360+ PCB Board?
PS360+ is a multi console PCB Board used in Arcade/Fight Stick mods. It allows you to use your Arcade Stick on PS3/360/PC/PS4 by default, and can be made to work on almost any other console dating back to the NES.
-Do I have a PS360+ in my Arcade Stick?
If you have had your stick modded sometime in the last 3 years then you might have one. You can ask the modder that did the mod, or you can open the stick and check for yourself.
-How can I get a PS360+ PCB Board?
You can purchase one online from an Arcade Stick parts website such as www.FocusAttack.com.
-What games are compatible?
Mortal Kombat, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Skull Girls, and possibly Blazblue are all games compatible with PS3 Arcade Sticks. Currently the PS360+ is technically a PS3 board, but without the new Firmware Update, it will still time out on all games after 8 minutes.
-What is the 8 Minute Time Out?
Without the update, and with any non compatible games, an Arcade Stick with a PS360+ will turn off after 8 minutes on a PS4. The PS4 acts as if you have unplugged the Arcade Stick. The PS360+ does how ever have a fast reset by pressing Heavy Kick and Select you can reset the 8 min timer manually, it takes about a second to process.
-Is it hard to install?
It is a solder-less install. You will need wire strippers and a precision screw driver to do the installation and there are many tutorials online. If asked, then I might make one myself. It takes time, but I think most people that know how to follow instructions can do it.
If you liked this tutorial please check out my other ones at www.AnomalyArcadeSticks.com