PSOne Portable CNC-built

PSOne Portable, CNC-built
Chapter 14 of the book

Build a portable PSOne system with a 3″ TFT display, built-in battery pack, CD-ROM lid (on back) Analog controls, Player 2 port and memory card slot.

This project can be constructed by using CNC-cut parts and other hobby materials. You’ll also need a soldering iron, X-Acto knife, wire, screwdrivers and other common tools. Due to the high volume of wiring required on a newer system like the PSOne, this is one of the more complex projects in the book.

Construction Resources

Once you’re ready to begin work on this project the links and information below will be of much help. All links open in a new window so you can easily come back here during your online part collection. This information is all contained in the book of course, but the book itself doesn’t have internet access ๐Ÿ˜‰

Major Project Components

The two primary components of these projects are the original game systems, display and Sony Infolithium Type L battery. Below are the correct models to use, with a reference photo and easy-to-use automatic eBay search link.

Console model:
PSOne “Mini”, 2000 model
Automatic eBay search for this item (PSOne)
Screen model:
Casio EV-680 Pocket TV
Automatic eBay search for this item (Casio EV-680 pocket TV)
Battery model:

Sony Infolithium Type L series battery – NP550 or better

Automatic eBay search for this item (Type L battery)
The higher the NP-XXX number the better. 960 is the best, 550 minimum. Automatic eBay search for Type L battery charger
Be sure it’s for a “Type L” battery, or a multi charger that can fit a “Type L”. Other 7.5 volt batteries will work, however you may have to modify the project to get them to fit.

Electronic Components Lists and Part Numbers

I’ve separated the electronics parts list into what you can get online from Mouser ( and what you’ll still need to find at Radio Shack. Therefore the two lists below are the same as the single list in the book. You’ll still need everything from both lists, but the more things you can get online from Mouser the cheaper it’ll be.

Unlike Digi-Key, Mouser’s website has no minimum order so it’s handy for the experimenter, plus they have good prices. Please note that the items for modding the PSOne screen (10 ohm resistors and white LED’s) are also included on this list. Using this list you can easily copy/paste the part numbers into Mouser’s web site (or Radio Shack’s, below) to complete on online order. Sure beats typing!

You can also use the eBay link above to the find right battery for this project.

PSOne hand built
Electronic Parts List from Mouser:

# Part Name Quantity Vendor Vendor Part #
1 4.5mm Tact Switch 1 Mouser, Inc. 688-SKHRAA
2 6mm Tact Switch 15 Mouser, Inc. 101-0161
3 10 ohm resistor (screen mod) 1 Mouser, Inc. 660-CF1/4L100J
4 T1 size white LED (screen mod) 2 Mouser, Inc. 606-CMD204UWC
5 2.2k ohm resistor 1 Mouser, Inc. 660-CF1/4L222J

Below are the Radio Shack electronics parts. Mostly the bigger, more mechanical stuff, plus the PC boards.

PSOne hand built
Electronic Parts List from Radio Shack (stores or online):

# Part Name Quantity Vendor Vendor Part #
1 General-purpose Component PC board 1 Radio Shack 276-149A
2 Phono jack 1 Radio Shack 274-246A
3 1/8รขโ‚ฌย phone plug 1 Radio Shack 274-287
4 Male polarized connector (4 positions, Molex Type) 1 Radio Shack 274-224
5 5mm red LED (or color of your choice) 1 Radio Shack 276-330
6 SPST submini Slide Switch 1 Radio Shack 275-406

For remaining materials (screws, glues, plastics) please see the book.

Support Files

Contained in this single ZIP archive are all the files you need for this project. See book for more details. Includes templates, patterns and printable decal graphics.


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