If you owned an original-model Xbox 360 for between 2005 and 2008, chances are you’ve experienced (or at least heard of) the red rings of death – the dreaded pattern of three lights indicating that your beloved console is now a $200 paperweight. If you don’t want to send your 360 back to Microsoft for repairs, and don’t want to dabble in the dark art of towel tricks, X-clamps and heat guns trying to fix it yourself, then you might want to try something a little more creative.
A Shoryuken.com forum member by the name of “ebil” has shown a novel (and slightly ironic) use for the gutted carcasses of fallen Xbox 360’s, turning the expired consoles into joysticks for the PlayStation 3. Instructions and more cool photos like the one above can be found in ebil’s thread. While this is undoubtedly very cool, it’s certainly not for the feint of heart. Anyone who’s ever tried to crack open an Xbox 360 knows this is about as easy as using oven mitts to unhook a bra worn by an angry bear, whilst on fire. Nevertheless, if you aren’t afraid of soldering, powertools and painful finger injuries and have a bricked 360 to hand then you can can begin your adventure over here.