XBOX CombiCable

Author: Jani 'Japala' Pönkkö
Published: 10.11.2003
How difficult: 1 Dremel - Easy ; 5 Dremels - Difficult
Time to build: 30 - 45 minutes
Cost: ~5 euros


Combining the cables


Usually this mod is made so that you take away the XBOX connector and solder USB connector to its place. I wanted to make this cable usable in both XBOX and in PC, thus the name CombiCable.

Idea here is to match the colors in both connector. Red to red, white to white etc. There is one extra wire in XBOX connector, yellow, and you should not touch it at all. Shieling wire mesh was soldered together between both connectors. Wire coloring may be different in some controllers but the pin plasing is the same. +5v and gnd are always the opposite pins and data wires are in between.


Opening the connector

To get the connector open, you need to use a wide and flat screwdriver head. I marked the edge you need to pry open on each side with green. Red arrows show the positions of little claws that are holding the pieces together. It might be easiest to disassemble the connector by applying some pressure to these points and release the claws.



Connector on the top left is covered by metallic plate from both sides but I removed the top piece because it is not really needed.



  • Red (+5 volts)
  • White (Data)
  • Green (Data)
  • Yellow (controller type sense)
  • Black (gnd)


Wires ready


Just remember to combine the same colors. Do not strip too much wire because it may short the connections more easily. On the bottom image you can see the shielding mesh that I have soldered together.



I carved a small opening on the casing part on the right. This allows the USB cable to go freely inside the connector.

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