Playstation 2 controller with Raspberry Pi

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.

Step 1: Hardware Required

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

    Step 2: Stack the PS2 controller

    Playstation 2 controller with Raspberry Pi

    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

    Playstation 2 controller with Raspberry Pi

    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

    Playstation 2 controller with Raspberry Pi
    Playstation 2 controller with Raspberry Pi

    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

    Playstation 2 controller with Raspberry Pi

    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

    Playstation 2 controller with Raspberry Pi
    Playstation 2 controller with Raspberry Pi

    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.

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