Best Fightsticks for PC

Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai Review

At a Glance

Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai Review

HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai

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Mayflash F300 Arcade Stick

Mayflash F300

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Mayflash F500

Mayflash F500

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Qanba Obsidian Review

Qanba Obsidian

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HORI Fighting Edge

HORI Fighting Edge

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Qanba Dragon Review

Nacon Daija

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The advantage of having a PC is that almost any fightstick will work on it. This is because most modern fightsticks have XINPUT support which is what you need in order to get your fightsticks to work with most games on Windows.

Fortunately, for PC gamers, this means that there is a lot of choices available when it comes to fightsticks.

If you’re serious about fighting games then you’ll want a fightstick that has Sanwa, Semeitsu, or Hayabusa parts. These provide the greatest response and are of high quality.

Some fightsticks come with high-quality parts preinstalled and some come with their own stock parts. Fortunately, you can easily mod a fightstick and install your own high-quality parts. So it isn’t the end of the world if you get a cheap fightstick as you can just improve it later on.

In this guide, I list the best fightsticks for PC. There is a mix of budget, mid-range, and premium fightsticks. So hopefully, there is something for everyone. Let’s get stuck in.

 

HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai –  Best Pick for PC

Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai Review
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The HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai is a great fightstick built on a solid base and has quality parts to boot.

The RAP 4 has an appealing design which makes it look more expensive than it is. The joystick and buttons are non-Sanwa but still feel great to play with. It works on PS3 and PS4 too.

If you’re looking for a quality fightstick but don’t want to pay a ridiculous price to get one – look no further than the RAP 4.  

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The Good

  • High-quality parts
  • Solid premium design
  • Sturdy base and quite wide
  • Joystick and Buttons are very responsive
  • Useful assign mode
  • A cheaper alternative to the Madcatz TE and Razer lines

The Bad

  • Difficult to swap out artwork
  • Buttons can get a bit loud

 

 

Mayflash F300 – Universal Fightstick

Mayflash F300 Arcade Stick
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If you’re looking for a more affordable option, look no further than the Mayflash F300. 

As a beginner fightstick, it’s great; featuring the standard 8 button arcade layout and joystick. Perhaps the stick’s best feature, however, is the ability to play on almost any platform including Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC and even switch.

It’s a universal stick that’s fully customizable and can be upgraded to Sanwa Denshi parts. 

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The Good 

  • The price – Excellent value for money
  • Customization – Can easily be customized
  • Looks and feels sturdy
  • Universal stick – can connect to almost any platform
  • Great beginner fightstick

The Bad

  • Buttons and joystick are non-Sanwa
  • Buttons feel mushy
  • Maybe too small for some people
  • Setup is slightly fiddly and the extra wires are annoying

 

Mayflash F500 – Bigger, better and more customizable than the F300

Mayflash F500 Review
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For not much more money you can get the Mayflash F500 which is bigger and better than the F300. 

The F500 sports a better design and added metal plates mean it’s better quality too.

Throw in the additional customization feature like the ability to swap out the artwork and, of course, the universal feature, means you have a pretty sweet deal. 

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The Good

  • Excellent value for money
  • Bigger and better quality than the Mayflash F300
  • Customizing the fightstick is a breeze
  • Octagonal plate included
  • Universal Fightstick

The Bad

  • Parts are Non-Sanwa
  • Buttons feel slightly mushy
  • Setup is awkward

 

Qanba Obsidian – Beautiful premium stick with Sanwa parts

Qanba Obsidian Review
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This is a beautiful fightstick that is fully equipped with Sanwa parts so you know it’s good. Whilst it’s size makes it slightly impractical this is still one of the best fightsticks on the market. 

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The Good

  • Beautiful design
  • Solid build quality
  • Sanwa buttons and lever
  • Cheaper than the Qanba Dragon

The Bad

  • Awkard to travel with because of its size
  • Difficult to customize artwork
  • No easy access option for modding

 

HORI Fighting Edge

HORI Fighting Edge
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The HORI Fighting Edge is not only a significant improvement over its predecessor but it competes with some of the best fightsticks on the market, including the Qanba Obsidian.

The Edge is one of the best-designed fightsticks on the market. Not only is it good looking but it performs great too.

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The Good

  • Beautiful design
  • Brushed aluminum reinforces the premium look
  • Solid build quality
  • Hayabusa buttons are responsive and perform great
  • Long cable and hidden storage compartment
  • Headphone jack
  • Tournament mode

The Bad

  • Hayabusa joystick lever feels a little loose
  • Buttons can get a bit loud
  • Cable compartment door is flimsy and looks cheap

 

Nacon Daija – A premium fightstick that is easy to mod

Nacon Daija
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The Nacon Daija was built with the help of pro fighting game player Kayane so you know it’s good.

A solid premium design, Sanwa parts, and easy to mod capability makes the Daija one of the best fightsticks on the market.

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The Good

  • Solid and sturdy size
  • Clean looking design
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Sanwa joystick and buttons
  • Very easy to mod
  • Can easily swap out artwork
  • Performance is excellent
  • Headphone jack
  • Spacious internal storage for wires

The Bad

  • Hefty size for some
  • Difficult to swap out lever for something other than Sanwa

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