PlayStation ASCII Grip Controller Teardown

Surprisingly simple and very well executed.
Controller components

COMPONENTS:

  1. Controller under shell: plastic injection
  2. Controller upper shell: plastic injection
  3. Screws: 3 metal cross round head screws
  4. Rubber button pads: rubber, plastic injection mold
  5. Buttons: plastic, injection mold
  6. D Pad: plastic, injection molded
  7. PCB (printed circuit board): copper, CFS8112-190010
  8. Chip: S130DD756006 (no information found)
  9. Chip: AGV 044 9740K3003 (no information found)
  10. Voltage Regulator: 25GC (closest find)
  11. Dual BUS Buffer: silicon, 7W125 71a
  12. Electrolytic capacitor (baby battery): aluminum, 47uf 16v
  13. Baby yellow 3 legged component 6.00J
  14. Connector (white baby box: cable from controller to console): plastic
  15. PCB: copper, CFS8111-200010
  16. Cross Slot screwdriver: used it to disassemble the controller

DESIGN ELEMENTS:

I enjoyed the simplicity of the design but complex functioning at the same time. I still cannot wrap my head around how micro components (e. Dual BUS Buffer) are so small but yet so powerful and indispensable for the controller to work. My belief is that designers and engineers needed the best and most optimizable technology from the early 2000’s and assemble it in such a way thats light at touch and serves its function in a sleek way.

The controller shape itself is absolutely amazing. It fits almost every hand, the grip is comfortable, there is no hassle when pressing the buttons, and you actually feel in full control of it (aspect that I feel is no longer present in modern gaming controllers). I am not fond of the excess amount of plastic used to manufacture this artifact, but I can understand the lack of sustainable knowledge at that time. I wish gaming companies nowadays could switch to more eco-friendly materials.

I know close to nothing about the actual technical components of the controller but I can say that researching datasheets gave me a better overview of how these work and why those pieces are there. This was definitely a fun project and would love to do this teardown again with a different artifact.