The Best Fight Sticks for PS4, Xbox One and PC
Posted by mack sted on October 22nd, 2019
Thanks to a bounty of great titles like Mortal Kombat 11, Samurai Shodown and Tekken 7, it's never been a better time to play fighting games. But if mastering your favorite brawler has left you with blistered thumbs and cramped hands, it might be time to consider a fight stick.
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Fight sticks replicate the feel of the old arcade machines you grew up with, with joysticks and big round buttons that give your hands plenty of breathing room for tapping out crazy combos. However, not all fight sticks are created equal, which is why we've scoured the web for the most popular and well-reviewed models from brands like Hori, Razer and Qanba.
Whether you're looking for a good entry-level stick like the Hori Fighting Stick Mini or want to go all out with premium models like the Victrix Pro FS,, here are the best fight sticks you can buy right now.
What to Consider?
Before you splurge for a stick, keep in mind that buying one won't automatically make you any better at fighting games. Fight sticks have a considerable learning curve, but the tradeoff is that you'll have easier access to all of your buttons, and won't have to deal with any nasty D-pad blisters.
Pay attention to what kind of buttons a stick has. Sanwa buttons are ideal, but there are some decent cheap alternatives. Some sticks make it easier to swap out buttons, joysticks and faceplates than others, so if you plan on customizing yours, keep an eye on moddability. Finally, consider compatibility: Some sticks on this list work best on a specific platform, while others play nicely on both console and PC.
1. Hori Fighting Stick Mini
At just , the Hori Fighting Stick Mini is a great option for folks who want to see what fight sticks are all about before throwing down hundreds of dollars. Compatible with PS4, PS3 and PC, this tiny stick is highly portable. The peripheral features a traditional 8-button layout and provides easy access to the PS4's Share button for recording those crazy combos.
Hori also recently released a Nintendo Switch version of the Fighting Stick Mini, and even has special Street Fighter versions on the way in October 2019.
2. Mayflash F300 Arcade Fight Stick
One of the most popular cheap options on Amazon, the Mayflash F300 is another great starter stick. This peripheral features turbo functionality for mapping multiple button presses, as well as a switch for making the joystick behave as either a D-pad or an analog stick.
It's also popular for its easy moddability. There's just one catch: When using the F300 on a PlayStation or Xbox, you'll have to plug that console's controller into it to use the stick.
3. Qanba Drone
The Qanba Drone is an excellent middle ground when considering affordability, portability and build quality. This striking yellow-and-black stick works with PS4, PS3 and PC, and has a special lock functionality to keep you from accidentally pausing a match.
It's got a front-facing cable compartment for when you're traveling, as well as soft padding on the bottom to keep it from slipping off of your lap.
4. 8Bitdo N30 Arcade Stick
The Nintendo Switch is already a formidable fighting game machine thanks to games like Ultra Street Fighter 2 and Pokken Tournament DX, and 8bitdo's N30 stick is a great way to have an authentic arcade experience with them. This wireless stick sports a gorgeous NES-inspired paint job, works well with mods and also plays nicely with PC, Mac and Android.
5. Mayflash F500
If you want a bigger, more feature-rich version of the Mayflash F300, its F500 counterpart is worth looking into. This mid-range stick has bright red buttons, which are surrounded by some neat battle-damaged artwork throughout the top.
The F500 supports most gaming headsets, and has a sturdier design than the F300. Otherwise, you're getting the same core features, including a moddable design that supports Sanwa buttons and compatibility with just about any modern console as well as PC.
6. Hori Real Arcade Pro V Kai/V Kai Blue
If you're ready to get serious, Hori's Real Arcade Pro V is one of the most popular premium sticks out there. This slick, extra-wide fight stick features Kuro buttons and metallic accents, with a smart button layout designed to prevent accidental pauses.
The V Kai works with Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. There’s an attractive V Kai Blue variant available for PS4, PS3 and PC players, as well as a red V Hayabusa option for Nintendo Switch.
7. Hori Real Arcade Pro N
An even more premium stick from Hori, the Real Arcade Pro N (PS4, PS3, PC) boasts slick metallic gold accents and Hori's sturdy Hayabusa joystick and buttons. Like the Real Arcade Pro V Kai Blue, the Pro N features a full touchpad for use on the PS4, as well as the typical turbo and button-assigning features. A well-hidden pause button and Hori's symmetrical "Noir" button layout help this high-end, sturdy stick stand out.