Crush Counter Overview

Crush Counter
ReleaseOctober 28, 2021
CompatbilityNS / PS3 / PC
Dimensions9″ x 4″ x 6″


The Crush Counter is a mini all-buttons controller that is highly configurable, open source, and aims to provide the lowest latency. It sports 12 Gateron Pro Red switches with 45 grams of actuation force and only 2 millimeters of travel distance. If you prefer another type, they are mounted in Kailh hot-swap sockets and can be changed with any other switches compatible with Cherry MX. No tool is needed.

You can choose from different input modes to work with a variety of systems. To enable them, you can hold different buttons when plugging in the Crush Counter. It remembers the last mode you used.

There are also 16 individually addressable RGB LEDs, which are spread across all the Crush Counter’s buttons. Besides animation when you press a button, there are four base animations when you are not pressing a button, which are:

  1. Static color
  2. Rainbow
  3. Comet chase
  4. Static theme

You can even tone down the LEDs’ intensity as well as turn them off completely.

There are seven rear-facing auxiliary buttons to keep the top clear for art and also to avoid pressing by accident. The rear buttons were replaced with a more durable surface mount button and a plunger/catch system to make the buttons easy and satisfying to press.

There are three SOCD cleaning modes:

  1. Neutral
  2. Up priority mode
  3. Last input mode

D-pad modes include left analog stick and right analog stick as well.

The custom wafer-thin PCB has seven surface mount technology (SMT) soldered standoffs that stiffen it and make it easy to mount onto the case. The top of the case is a three-layer acrylic sandwich:

  1. A clear spacer that acts as a light pipe
  2. The main gloss black layer
  3. A clear top to protect custom art

The top acrylic layers have been thickened for durability and also to bring the buttons closer to flush when pressed. If you would like custom art, we provide a custom artwork service, and our artist, Carlos Rios, already has experience making digital art for the Crush Counter:

Continuing on, the top layer helps make your wrists comfortable. As for the bottom, it is a single-gloss black powder-coated steel with a thick anti-slip foam panel.

There are seven acrylic layers in total, and the built-in channels make pressing the new and durable auxiliary switches easy and accurate.

The Crush Counter is powered by the open source GP2040 firmware. As more devices adopt the firmware, more improvements are seen from the core team and the community. The RP2040 was placed onboard, so the USB-C cable comes out the rear.

There is a STEMMA QT connector on the back of the Crush Counter’s board as well as a large cutout to pass cables through to the front. This enables the connection of OLED screens, small speakers, and so on. Sleep Unit eventually added an 0.96″ OLED screen, which shows information such as:

  • Current input
  • SOCD
  • Directional modes
  • Active key presses

See Also

Haute42 T16

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