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So who here appreciates a massive amount of soldering?? Finished my center control panel today, which controls emulator functions such as exit reset save state turbo rewind ect. It also has 4 HDMI ports which are connected to a Bliss box 4-play. The reset buttons for the Bliss box are above each HDMI port. Player 1 and 2 are routed to a set of analog HDMI switches I made from old DB25 printer switches. These switch between using the arcade joystick and buttons or a compatible console controller. 88 solder points per switch end to end! Players 3 and 4 are directly connected to the Bliss box as I only have a 2 player arcade. Nice seamless switching between the arcade panel and console controls, with zero delay encoding. None of this joy2key/autohotkey/vjoy business. USB IDs never move also which makes hotswapping a breeze. Hardware all the way! ^ Wii-Classic (Ebay) controllers I padhacked to use with the blissbox, The female HDMI out is a fast way for me to switch between this emulator setup and a ps360+/Brooks for console gaming. This is not to be confused with the Blissbox HDMIs, I merely used HDMI because its a small factor reliable plug with more than enough pins for a standard common ground control panel. So my PS360+ also has a female HDMI and the control panel buttons and sticks are connected to a male one.
For those of you who have or are building a full cabinet for your arcade I wanted to ask what provisions have you built into your control panel in addition to the standard joystick and button used to play. Meaning, do you have a specific button for pause? Volume control? Forward or back for controlling navigation within LaunchBox? Things like that. I want to make sure I don't miss something that will be really user friendly after the fact.