Best Fightsticks for PS4

Best PS4 fightstick

Best Fightsticks for PS4 – At a Glance

Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai Review

HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai

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Hori Real Arcade Pro N review

HORI Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa

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Razer Panthera EVO Review

Razer Panthera EVO

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Qanba Obsidian Review

Qanba Obsidian

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Madcatz TE2+ Fightstick

Mad Catz Arcade FightStick TE2+

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Best Fightsticks for PS4 Guide

The PS4 has some of the best fighting games on any platform which means it also has it’s fair share of fightsticks aswell.

A fightstick, in many ways, will make you a better player and has numerous other benefits as well. Although this won’t happen overnight, with practice, in the long run it will pay off.

Below, is a list of the best fightsticks for PS4 which are available now. To help you get a clear snapshot, I also outline the good and bad points of each fightstick. Be also sure to check out my full reviews of these fightsticks

HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai –  Best Mid Range Stick

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. 

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
  • No headphone jack

 

HORI Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa – A great fightstick with a unique button layout

Hori Real Arcade Pro N review
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Like the RAP 4, the RAP N is a fantastic mid-range fightstick, but with some added features that make it, in my opinion, better than the RAP 4. 

The fact that there is a headphone jack, the ability to swap artwork and the repositioning of the annoying OPTIONS button means HORI really listened to the complaints of the RAP4. 

The RAP N also has one more trick up its sleeve in that it also has the ‘Noir’ button layout, as opposed to the traditional viewlix layout you find on most sticks these days. This already makes it a unique fightstick and one that should not be overlooked. Read my full review by clicking on the link below. 

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The Good

  • High-quality parts
  • Noir button layout is quite comfortable
  • Solid premium design
  • Joystick and Buttons are very responsive
  • A cheaper alternative to the Madcatz TE and Razer lines
  • Headphone jack
  • Easier to add custom artwork

The Bad

  • Buttons can get loud
  • Joystick feels a little loose at times

 

Razer Panthera EVO – Built for the serious fighting game players

Razer Panthera EVO Review
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Razer really went all out with the original Panthera and made it one of the best fightsticks on the market. It’s follow up, the Razer Panthera EVO is an improvement in many ways. 

Designed with the most serious players in mind, Razer have installed their own high-quality buttons into the stick. Add to that a Sanwa joystick, high-quality base, the ability to swap artwork and you have a stick that is truly built for the fighting game enthusiast.  

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The Good 

  • Premium and sleek design
  • High-quality parts
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Highly responsive buttons and joystick
  • Spacious Internal storage compartments
  • Can now swap artwork

The Bad

  • Not as mod-friendly as the original Panthera
  • Razer buttons may sometimes stick after extended use

 

Qanba Obsidian – Beautiful premium stick with Sanwa parts

Qanba Obsidian Review
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If you don’t like the look of the Razer Panthera but want a premium stick that plays just as good, then get the Qanba Obsidian. 

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

 

Mad Catz Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick TE2+

Madcatz TE2+ Fightstick
Madcatz TE2+ Fightstick

Madcatz original TE2+ came out way back in 2016. Sadly, Madcatz is no longer around (at least not in the fightstick business) but you can still pick one of these up for a reasonable price. 

The TE2+ stick is famous for its high-quality Sanwa parts, solid outer shell, and being easy to mod. A lot of care and engineering went into making this the best fightstick possible and it definitely shows. 

Since these are no longer in production, they are becoming scarce and the price is going up. Therefore, if you want the TE2+ – which may very well become a collector’s item – I would get it now.

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The Good

  • Solid build quality
  • Sanwa buttons and lever
  • Easy to mod
  • Maybe a collector’s item in the future

The Bad

  • Madcatz no longer produce fightstick meaning lack of support
  • Some users have reported durability issues with the stick e.g PCB failure

 

 

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