Modify Game Controllers For Smaller Hands

If you have smaller-than-average hands, or you have kids who can't comfortably use a full-sized game controller, it's easy to modify the gamepad to better accommodate small thumbs.

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This isn't a complete transformation, but it will at least make the control sticks easier to reach and manipulate. You can see the full process in the video above, but basically you'll use a Dremel to cut the "stalk" of the stick at an angle, rotate the top 180 degrees, then reattach it. You'll want the left stick facing out towards the left side of the controller, and vice versa for the right.

The finished product probably won't be very comfortable if you can easily use an unmodified controller, but this would be great if you have an extra gamepad lying around for your kids.

How to Modify Your Xbox 360 Controller To Fit Your Really Tiny Hands [YouTube via WonderHowTo]


    I have slightly larger than average hands, and the only comfortable controller I've ever used is the original Xbox. Super comfy fit into my palms without having to awkwardly wrap my fingers underneath. The worst I've used is any "flat" controller such as the original DS, where I have to interlink my fingers on the back or crunch them up to be able to use the shoulder buttons and d-pad at the same time :(

    Same here, the first xbox controller was the first time I felt like i was using a controller designed for an adult rather than a 10 year old. I can just about use the 360 controller but no hope on the dual shock 3, had to drop a hundred bucks on a 3rd party one that was actually decent

    As above (x2) bring back the duke. The new controllers seem way too small.

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