PS2 Versions & Connections

Lynxmotion has released a variety of different PS2 controllers. This page was created in order to help customers better understand the different models and how to connect them to electronics.

  PS2 V1 PS2 V1.5 PS2 V2 PS2 V3
Transmitter PS2 V1 Transmitter PS2 V2 Transmitter PS2 V2 Transmitter PS2 V3 Transmitter
 Notes: Lynxmotion logo is flat  Lynxmotion logo has rounded edges Same as V1.5 No Lynxmotoin logo
Receiver PS2 V1 Receiver PS2 V1.5 Receiver PS2 V2 Receiver PS2 V3 Receiver
 Notes: One red & one green LED Two red LEDs (level shifter integrated) Two red LEDs (level shifter separate) LEDs are transparent when off
Bot Board Bot Board 2 + PS2 V1
BotBoarduino  N/A  BotBoarduino PS2  BotBoarduino PS2  BotBoarduino - PS2 V3
 Notes:  N/A Level shifter changes the voltage so input can be read at 5V. Note that Jumpers JPU, A, B and C can all remain in place. Connections are the same as V1.5. Note that jumpers JPU, JA, B, C can all remain in place. JA, B and C need to be removed.
SSC-32 + BotBoarduino  N/A  
Level Shifter Not required Integrated into receiver Soldered to a PS2 receiver connector and included with RC-01 V2 Not required

PS2 Versions
  • Version 1: First PS2 remote control used by Lynxmotion. It can be distinguised by the flat Lynxmotion sticker on the transmitter and the red and green LEDs on the receiver
  • Version 1.5: This new version did not operate the same way as the V1 and a level shifter had to be added. These were provided pre-soldered to the receivers. The transmitters had a slightly different Lynxmotion sticker with rounded edges, and the receivers had two red LEDs.
  • Version 2: These are almost identical to the V1.5s except rather than including hte level shifter pre-soldered to the receiver, the level shifter was soldered to a PS2 receiver connector.
  • Version 3: The old V2 remote and transmitter were discontinued and replaced by the new V3. The V3 does not have a Lynxmotion logo and the receiver is shorter with two clear LEDs.  In order to used the V3, you must remove jumpers JPA, JPB and JPC (leave JPU in place). The V3 does not need a level shifter, though in many cases one can be used without issue.
Multiple PS2s
If you want to use multiple robots with multiple PS2 systems, it is important to note that each version operates at its own frequency. Therefore a PS2 V1 remote will pair with any V1 receiver, a PS2 V2 transmitter will pair with any V2 receiver and so on. Different version transmitters (V1, V2 and V3) cannot be used with different version receivers as they operate at different frequencies.

PS2 + BotBoarduino
If you are looking to lean how to use the PS2 with your Arduino / BotBoarduino microcontroller, Bill Porter's website is your ultimate resource.