How to Convert a PS2 Controller to USB

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How to Convert a PS2 Controller to USB

If you have a PlayStation 2 game console but also play a lot of video games on your computer, it's convenient to keep the same controller configuration for each. This is why some users choose to use their PlayStation 2 controllers on their computers. While impossible on its own, there is a small adaptor you can buy that will allow you to plug your PlayStation 2 controller directly into any open USB port on your computer. Use this article as a guide to do just that.

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Things you need

  • A PlayStation 2 controller
  • A PS2-to-USB controller adaptor

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  1. 1

    Purchase a PS2 to USB controller adaptor. You can buy these on the internet and from certain electronics retailers. Generally, one of these devices should cost no more than £3.

  2. 2

    Plug the end of your PS2 controller in to the USB Controller adaptor. The adaptor itself has three input ports: Two PS2 controller input ports are used for plugging in controllers; the other, a USB output, used for plugging the controller in to your computer. Plug the USB end of the device into a USB port on your computer.

  3. 3

    Plug your PS2 controller in to one of the controller inputs on the PS2 to USB device. There will be two---one for player one, one for player two in a multiplayer game setting. If you're using only one controller, plug it in to the input labelled "Player 1." You are now ready to use your PS2 controller to play games on your computer.

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