This board can be used to test computers and other devices which used 9 way D joysticksDesigned by Tynemouth Software, Ships from United Kingdom
What is it? This is a board which you can plug in to a computer or other device in place of a 9 way D Atari / Commodore style joystick. It has buttons to press for the 4 directions, 3 fire buttons,...Read More…
This is a board which you can plug in to a computer or other device in place of a 9 way D Atari / Commodore style joystick. It has buttons to press for the 4 directions, 3 fire buttons, and an LED which shows there is power to the connector.
I made this to test the USB keyboard and USB joystick adapters I make, and also for quickly testing the joystick ports on a computer without having to use a real joystick, or where a full size joystick would be inconvenient. Also can be useful to check if a fault is down to the joystick port or a defective joystick. I made these for my own use, and after they appeared in some of my blog posts people have asked to buy them, so here they are.
They are small boards, which might come in handy for some things.
This is available as a bare PCB, as a full kit, or as a fully assembled and tested unit. The board was designed to fit into one half of one of the cases I use for my USB joystick adapters. A half case shell is available as an optional extra (there is no point in having the whole case as you can't see the LED or push the buttons).
The joystick emulator is designed for Atari / Commodore computers, but may also be suitable for many home computers and games consoles in the 1980s (excluding the Atari 7800 and the Spectrum +2 which do not follow this standard).
This could also be used as a simple keypad for an Arduino or Raspberry Pi based project.
N.B. This is a single joystick emulator, not a pair (unless you buy two), and also does not include any of the things I was testing, my bench or anything else near by.
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