I am building my own Hitbox, and was looking for what is needed to make one from scratch. Can you help me?
(photo courtesy of Joel Condit)
1st thing you need is a plan. The hitbox is, in its simplest form, a user-designed input device for gameplay. Do you want to use the traditional button layout? Do you want to make your own layout? Look online for ideas and designs from various forums (example: http://forums.shoryuken.com/discussion/122799/hit-box-we-so-s-tier1/)
SRK member Butteroj made a great layout for button placement found on the linked forum:
Next thing you need is a case. Please refrain from shoe and pizza boxes. Find something durable that will protect your components. With a hole saw (24mm and 30mm) you can retrofit some fightsticks into a hitbox. A custom made from scratch case would provide the best results in comfort and layout design. There are also several custom fabrication stores on the web.
Lastly, you will need parts. Based on the traditional hitbox layout of 14 24mm buttons (3 for select, home and start.) and one 30mm button (used for UP movement) you can use any we carry in stock for these sizes. You can also get 3 more 24mm if desired for L3/R3/Touchpad button (see
Brook/IST PS3/PS4 PCBs and Brook Universal Fighting Board are good PCBs to use for hitbox that will cover the current most popular consoles. These boards also have built in SOCD cleaners. Most modern hitboxes have a SOCD cleaner (this removes Simultaneous Opposite Cardinal Directions - ie. you can't press up and down at the same time)
https://www.focusattack.com/ist-pre-installed-brook-ps3-ps4-fight-board-pcb-kit/ (includes a .187 harness that can be crimped for hitbox directional button use or purchase separately the 5-pin hitbox conversion harness
The Brook Universal Fighting Board has become the current gen's ps360+ with its connections to XBox One, 360, PS3, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Wii U (Pokken) and PC https://www.focusattack.com/brook-universal-fighting-board/
(photo courtesy of Bryce Ellsworth)
The Brook PS4+ Audio provides support for PC and PS3 as well as PS4 with headphone connection and a USB passthrough. https://www.focusattack.com/brook-ps4-fighting-board-with-audio-v2017-ps4-ps3-pc/
Wires and wiring; it is recommended to use .110 quick disconnects to connect your buttons and 22 gauge wire however you should also check the size connector the button uses (Sanwa, Seimitsu, Hori and Crown use .110) we offer these wire and connectors already crimped and ready for connection as well as premade harnesses for 20-pin connection to the pcb, 5-pin hitbox conversion harness and 4-pin L3/R3/Touch that work for The Universal Fighting Board and PS4+ Audio Board.
To connect the PCB to the console you will need a usb or ethernet to usb cable. As an optional safety precaution consider a Neutrik passthrough with a small cable to connect to the passthrough and pcb. Also a 10 ft USB cable to connect to the passthrough
This is just a barebones list. There are many other things from case and PCB feet to LEDs and art. Please consult us at support.focusattack.com for assistance. As always, share your pics of your creations and mods with us.