Fans of the fighting game genre are a dedicated bunch.
Landing the perfect combo requires fast fingers and a controller that can keep up.
In addition to that, a lot of fighting game fans grew up in an era of arcade machines. These machines featured joysticks and buttons with a specific layout. As a result, many of the games on those machines were developed with these layouts in mind.
While modern controllers can get you through a match, fighting game controllers provide nostalgic fun and a few advantages.
Here are the best fighting game controllers.
Hit Box (PS4, PS5, PC)
The Hit Box is compatible with the Playstation 4 and PS5, and PC. The controller is a classic design, allowing you to control direction with either thumb without stretching your fingers to quickly access the input buttons, which feature SOCD control, allowing for control for opposite directions (left+right=neutral; down+up=up. The buttons are also Sanwa-Denishi with 24mm and 30mm depth.
The steel case and plexiglass top ensure a sturdy feel and easy to clean surface. Snap-in and quick-removable braided USB cable makes transportation and setup easy.
The Hit Box ensures an organic feel that compliments that natural design of the hand and finger dexterity. The Sanwa-Denshi buttons are… well, when you know, you know.
Victrix Pro FS Arcade Fight Stick (PS4, PS5, Xbox)
The Victrix Pro FS Arcade Fight Stick is compatible with the Playstation 4, Playstation 5, and Xbox consoles. The controller is designed with the goal of providing a 5 milliseconds response time.
The enclosed, single-piece case is made with an aircraft-grade aluminum extrusion process, making it one of the sturdiest and highest quality fighting game controllers. This is paired with Sanwa-Denshi parts and detachable joysticks to protect the controller during transportation.
A large bottom door gives you access to the internals for adding mods and customizing the controller for your needs.
Qanba Dragon (PS3, PS4, PC)
The Qanba Dragon has quite a good reputation going back to the Playstation 3. You can also play on Playstation 4 and PC. While priced quite high, you get what you pay for. You feel the quality right away when you hold it. This is a heavy controller featuring a durable stick and Sanwa-Denshi buttons. You also get a clickable touchpad mouse and one-touch interior access for modifications.
The signature brushed aluminum and LED lighting is artfully crafted and will impress most anyone at local LAN parties and tournaments.
Hori Fighting Stick Mini 4 (PS3, PS4, PS5, PC)
The Hori Fighting Stick Mini 4 is designed for everything from the Playstation 3 to the Playstation 5, and PC. This is an affordable controller for those on a budget and gamers getting into the genre for the first time.
The controller features a full 8-button layout with a micro-switch-activated joystick. It is small enough to store and easily transport. At only 8 inches by 6 inches, and with a weight of 2 pounds, this controller is easy to carry and bring with you while on the road. Despite its cost and weight, it still includes grips to keep the controller stable on a flat surface.
If customization is your thing or you need the highest response rate for buttons, then you may want to look elsewhere. But for the price, this is a smart buy.
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