New: VECTREX Joystick Kit for sale
Here is something new :
Do you need a 2nd controller for your VECTREX? Did you pick up a VECTREX without controller? Did you look on ebay and find none? Did you find one, but it was quite pricey?
Have you always wanted to make a better controller, but it was just to much work to do?
This could be a solution! I've been making a new controller PCB for VECTREX.
- high quality components (ALPS analog controller, planned: Seimatsu-Buttons, if I get them)
- four button-channels (two regular, two with separately adjustable and switchable auto fire)
- two switches for auto fire channels
- two potentiometers (auto fire frequencies)
- two LED indicators for auto fire buttons
- x and y-offset adjustable
- fully populated PCB
- slim, molded DB9 joystick cable
- cable relief
- rotary knobs
- controller lever or hat
- retro components, retro design
That really reduces the burden of making a controller:
Just look for a housing you like. Design your panel (left handed, right handed, buttons circular shape or aligned ....)
Finish panel and housing. Mount the PCB into the housing. Connect and solder button cables. Connect and solder potentiometer cables.
All electrical connections are already there.
The mechanical problem of attaching the controller stick is already solved.
You'll save a lot of time!
You don't have to care for electronic circuitry.
You don't have to search components.
No ordering this part here and that component there.
No separate shipping costs for all those extra components.
So, where is the downside to it
I can provide only a limited number to the community.
I cannot deliver super-fast. I do need some time to make things, to order components etc...
I cannot build your complete controller.
You have to have some basic manual skills. This is a kit.
I do have no shop and I'm running no company. This is just a little spare time hobby project. Not more.
At the moment I do have eight spare PCBs and components.
If there should be some demand, I'm going to do another production run and I will try to order components in larger amounts, which reduces component and shipping cost.
Talking about cost: How much is that thing? Urghhh...
Quick calculation ....
if I get the Seimatsu buttons, buttons and ALPS controller: 20€
plus 3 ICs: 7€
plus 2 potentiometer: 7€
plus knobs: 4€
plus cable: 7€
PCB and small components: 8€
plus various shipping costs for getting those components
All in all, something like 55€.
Well and that is without getting rich, just my own expenses. I could cancel the expensive arcade buttons to cut cost by some 25 percent on my side, but I would not recommend any cheap pushbuttons instead. Simply doesn't make sense.
If you have some interest or want to know something, just PM me.