My mother broke my heart when she revealed to me that she had left her PS3 controller in a place where her dog could get to it and the little bugger chewed the rubber thumb pads off completely. During my tenure at GameStop, it was policy to not accept these controllers in and so customers selling their system would have to buy one of our working controllers at the point of trade-in. And, breaking open a new one when the used were sold out was almost a pleasure to punish the naughty former owners.
I jumped online and saw that at least one company was selling PS2/3 replacement thumb sticks for about $6+change. Since there was a GameStop across the street (the one I used to work at), I popped over and picked up a good Sony PS2 controller, Used at $14.99 plus tax.
- Using a small philips screw driver, remove all the PS3 Controller’s obvious screws (5) and pop the case open (it will swing out around the L/R2 buttons.
- Remove the battery cable with some care NOT to rip the wires out of the connector. I pulled the connector out with pliers.
- Remove the one internal screw and dump the contents of the controller out onto the work surface. The controller is assembled with a ton of little parts and is unlike any other controller I’ve taken apart: lots of ribbon cables. Thing disintegrates when you open it, there’s no fighting it.
- Dissemble the PS2 controller. No need to be delicate, it’s never going to be used for gaming again.
- The thumb sticks pop off easily on both.
- Spend the next 15 minutes figuring out how the damned thing goes back together. There’s a ribbon cable that you’re gonna swear broke the soldering, but it’s okay it never was. The L/R1 buttons are a tad Rubik’s-eske.
In the end, the PS2 thumbsticks ride a little high and the graininess of that little dome at the bottom kinda grinds against the top case’s opening, but only when you’re pressing the stick to the extreme edges. It’s worth living with for $30 savings against buying a brand new PS3 Controller.
Quote to “client”: $20 + 5 each time this happens again and loose threat to feed Oreo cookies to the dog.
Even at $6 per stick, the shipping and handling plus time to perform the repair, I can see why GameStop doesn’t want people’s dog and baby-brother chewed controllers.
Hell, even my cousin’s daughter broke my heart when I saw teeth marks in the camera stick on the Gamecube’s controller I handed down to her (my old baby). She only moderately reacted to the news that GCN controllers are not being made anymore.
Mirrored from Won't he shut up, ever?.