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For Sale

Currently the following items and services are for sale:

Custom Modding / Design Work

I am always open to trying new hacks and seeing what cool projects I can create for people and companies looking for prototypes. If you’d like to talk with me about getting something done, here are some cost breakdowns which will give you an idea of what goes into an average custom project. (All prices US dollars)

  • Design labor rate on custom jobs of $125 /hour.
  • CNC time for cutting projects is $60 / hour.
  • Assembly labor rate is $125 US dollars/hour.
  • Plus cost of all electronics and parts.

Average costs to expect:

  • Xbox 360 / PS3 / large laptop project: $4000-$6000.
  • Custom 8-bit computer laptop (Atari, Apple, Commodore): $3000-$5000
  • Small portable (2600, NES) $750-$1000
  • Enclosure / case for consumer prototype: $2000-$3000.

Please email me to discuss any ideas you might have. Typical procedure is:

  • Client submits project idea.
  • I come up with an estimate / rough design.
  • Client makes down payment of %50 of the labor + %100 parts and materials.
  • Project is built.
  • Client pays remaining %50 of labor + shipping, project is shipped.

All work is warranted against DOA. If problems arise in the future, contact me regarding repairs at a nominal cost.

Controller Monitor for Xbox 360


The Xbox 360 controller monitor is designed to help develop analyze their games control latency. It sense controller input at the most basic level, bypassing the USB / wireless interface, Xbox 360 I/O overhead and game code. By recording the monitor’s display and comparing it to your game’s video output, you can accurately measure the latency for each action.

  • Includes 3-level analog indicators for left and right triggers and both axises of the analog sticks. Stage 1 – pressed a little, Stage 2 – pressed halfway, Stage 3 – press all the way.
  • Specially modified controller with output jack included in price.
  • Has 7 foot cord so unit can be placed away from test subject.
  • Size of controller monitor is 8″ x 8″ x 1″
  • Mounting holes on the 4 corners for your custom installation.
  • PCB-mounted circuitry, not a prototype!
  • Cost: $650 US + shipping

PS3 version coming soon!

Single-handed controllers for Gaming Accessibility

A left-handed controller
Current custom modded design (left handed shown)

Currently the Access Controller works for the PS2 / PS3. I can however build custom Xbox 360 models by request. Unfortunately, hacking existing controllers in this way is very labor intensive so the average cost is around $350 for the case and labor, not including cost of the original controller. Please email me if you’d like to discuss having one built.

Triggers are doubled up on the back so you can work them both with one hand.

Left handed specs:

  • X Y B A moved to location of D-pad.
  • D-pad moved to center (reachable by thumb)
  • Right trigger moved to below left trigger  (use your middle finger for it)
  • Right bumper becomes a small button below left analog.
  • Right analog stick (game camera view) is moved against your leg. Push up for up, down for down, etc.
  • Rumble motors removed to reduce weight.

Right handed specs:

  • X Y B A stay where they are.
  • D-pad moved to center (reachable by thumb)
  • Left trigger moved to below right trigger  (use your middle finger for it)
  • Left bumper becomes a small button below A and B buttons.
  • Left analog stick (game movement) is moved against your leg. Push up for up, down for down, etc.
  • Rumble motors removed to reduce weight.

Access Controller

You can now buy the Access Controller from eDimensional! It works on the PS2 / Ps3 and has interchangeable modules that allow you to configure the layout to what best suits you. It’s also wireless, so you can easily put it anywhere.

Click here to visit eDimensional’s site for more info. System modders: check out this page for instructions on how to mod this controller for your own use. Add foot pedals, extra buttons, anything you want!

Audio FX Pro 5+1 Headsets

PWN ALL NOOBS

Available now! You can own the first mass-produced, non-book Benheck product. I personally use these when pwning noobs on Battlefield Bad Company 2. They feel great and sound ever better! Or maybe it’s the other way around. Either way you’re covered.

USB 2.0, for PC use. Also works on the PS3! Please visit eDimensional’s website for ordering and more information.

Hacking Videogame Consoles – Book

Reading - it's what's for dinner

Would you like to build your own portable game systems, or learn the general hacking skills required to make your own mods? Well, you’re in luck because I’ve written a book called Hacking Videogame Consoles and it contains complete, step-by-step instructions on how to make portable versions of the following systems:

  • Atari 2600
  • Nintendo 8-bit
  • Super Nintendo 16-bit
  • Playstation 1

It’s available in bookstores or can be ordered online from Amazon. Makes a great gift for a tinkering videogame fan! To learn more about the book, or for information, support, links and files if you’re already building one of the projects from it, click here.

Portable Game System Kits
Nintendo: More than Meets the Eye

Currently available are plastic case kits to build the projects found in my book. For a list of what’s avaliable, prices and ordering links, please click here.

NOTE: Kits for other systems may be available in the future if I ever break down and buy my own CNC machine. Until such time however, this is all that’s available.

If you’d like something custom done, see the “Custom Projects” section above. You may also be able to find someone on our forums who can help with any custom cases/kits that I am not currently doing myself.


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