X-Gaming Has A Convoluted, But Clever Workaround The Xbox 360 Accessory Lockdown

By Spencer . October 27, 2009 . 10:27am

imageIf you want to make Xbox 360 accessories you have to get approval from Microsoft first. Those are the rules. Unfortunately, the makers of the X-Arcade stick don’t have Microsoft’s blessing. However, they found a way to make their arcade stick work with an Xbox 360 and it’s a creative solution.


First, you need to plug a PlayStation 2 adapter to your X-Arcade stick. Then you plug that adapter into an Xbox 360 to PlayStation 2 adapter and link a wired Xbox 360 gamepad to it. Finally, plug the daisy chained device into your Xbox 360 and like magic the X-Arcade stick and any other PlayStation 2 accessories become Xbox 360 compatible. Want to connect two players to a dual stick? Better get two adapters and two wired controllers.


The X-Arcade is a sturdy arcade stick replica, but I’d still choose Hori’s arcade sticks over this solution because they fit in your lap.

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  • EdgeKun

    Talking to different fighting game fans + friends, apparently the X-Arcades are actually terrible sticks and really lacking when it comes to part quality + dependibility.

    Nevertheless, it’s nice to see PS2 -> 360 adapters finally coming out en masse. Whether you use them for an X-Arcade or any other PS2 controller, it’s a great alternative for the 360’s horrid d-pad.

  • endaround

    So this is: “Our sticks suck so bad MS won’t approve them but we found a way for you to still use our crappy hardware!”

    • ECM

      Actually, it’s probably more like X gaming doesn’t want to pay royalty fees so they won’t get a license. (Don’t kid yourself: quality isn’t an issue in MS land e.g. RROD hell–the bottom line is *all* that matters.)

  • ElTopo

    No thanks, hate these things. Stiff, ugly unit, not too mention I’m not a fan of the tiny happ buttons on this thing…or the long process of trying to make it work.

    Just build my own.

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  • TreeFrog

    It looks like this isn’t an X-Arcade specific adaptor – there are a bunch of Hong Kong based sellers on ebay selling what appears to be the same adaptor for around $9.
    I’ve ordered one, so hopefully it’ll work well with my HRAP

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