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Sony PS3 Street Fighter IV FightStick

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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation 3
PlayStation 3
Edition: Standard
Standard
  • Japanese-style joystick & buttons
  • 8-button layout with additional multi-speed Turbo functionality
  • Genuine arcade layout
  • Wired Cable - 4 M (13 FT) length
  • Connect to console via USB


Product Details

Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Standard
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001M22WLU
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 10.5 x 6.1 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 20, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,405 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Standard

The official Street Fighter IV FightStick controller for the Sony PS3 was designed for fighting game fans to recreate the quality, gameplay and precision found in arcades. Using an arcade-style joystick and 30mm quick connect buttons along with realistic spacing and an eight-button layout, the Street Fighter IV FightStick brings the arcade experience right into your home. With separate turbo settings for each button and great ergonomics, prepare yourself for hours of competition, no quarters necessary.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent fightstick with some quirks October 18, 2009
By snkcube
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The stick used for this is trash. The first day I received this, the stick was already faulty because the stick was not able to register a few motions. It turns out the stick is actually a Sanwa knockoff and it shows by its poor quality. I was forced to replace the stick with a Sanwa one, which was something I was already planning on doing. The buttons on the fightstick is mostly good, except after using it for over a month, my roundhouse button has started to act up. It will mostly register the action, but once in a while, it will not. Like the stick, I will be replacing the buttons with Sanwa parts really soon.

Other than those two problems, the fightstick itself is fine. It is small and portable and it feels nice using it. The layout of the buttons is great and the spacing between the stick and buttons is great too. The fightstick is also very easy to mod so you can easily swap out the stick, buttons or the artwork without any problem.

My recommendation is if you have the money for the TE fightstick, then go for it. If not, then this is a decent alternative with a few problems.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works like I expected it to May 23, 2009
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've been playing with the SE fightstick for about a month now, with at least one hour of use every day. Thankfully I didn't have the loose washer issue (first thing I did was listen very carefully as I moved the stick around -- I thought it would be okay if I didn't hear any scraping/scratching noises, as I assumed the later units should not have such a big problem).

This is my first stick, so I'm no expert on them, and as such I think this is a great stick. Buttons are sensitive, the stick works well (once you get used to the square gate), and it's a nice weight so that I can set it on a chair or on my lap unsecured and it won't move too much, or at all.

After a month of use I'm beginning to suspect that some of the buttons will begin sticking, but I was aware this might happen as they're not Sanwa parts. If it becomes big enough of a problem I'll order replacement parts and swap buttons, which seems easy enough to do. After I do that I don't think I'll have any further reasons to complain.

All in all, this is a bit more expensive than I would expect for an arcade stick (by $15-$20) that doesn't have premium arcade parts and seems designed as a starting point for modification. All indications point to a product out-of-the-box that has a limited life before it starts having issues (though online discussion is going to be biased towards those who have problems). With that being said, I'm not unhappy with my purchase at all, and neither are the dopamine receptors in my brain every time I get my hands on this thing. (Now if only I could find some opponents online with whom I match up well...)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great case, easy to mod February 1, 2010
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
This is the second stick I've got, but both of the ones I own I received in January, so I can't help but compare the SF4 stick to the PS3 Fighting Stick 3. The differences between the two are pretty drastic - the Hori stick was a really good first choice for me because it has stock parts that are decent for first-timers and really got me into playing fighting games again, but because it requires soldering and dremels to properly mod, and because its case is just too small to easily fit Sanwa's JLF and Seimitsu's LS sticks, I didn't feel comfortable opening it up.

I got the SF4 stick and immediately fell in love with the case - the pictures online don't do it justice. Maybe it's because I was playing with the FS3 for so long and its sticker was starting to bubble and it is lightweight and thin, but the SF4 stick has good weight to it and the art, aside from looking good, really feels like it's protected well from oil and grime from your hands. However, even though I only just ordered it last week, THE WASHER PROBLEM DOES STILL EXIST. While MadCatz may have fixed the problem in sticks just produced, there's no guarantee that your fight stick won't be one that was on the shelf for months with a faulty washer.

Luckily it's a great stick for modding. I just completed my first ever mod tonight using a Sanwa JLF and OBSN-30 buttons. Unlike the FS3, which has a huge PCB with the buttons directly soldered to it, the buttons in the SF4 stick have quick disconnects and are easily accessed as soon as you open the stick. It's a quick change for the buttons and if you use the proper JLF stick, even quicker there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great product June 29, 2009
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It's a great product (especially the second generation), helps your game a lot, its well built and pretty solid (it's support even the beating of a one year old lol). Just a little warning to all the gamepad sf4 players. It takes a little time to get used to it, don't espect to just take it out of the box and start making ultras right away, it takes a little practice.

I gave it four stars just because of the 4 way gate. An 8 way gate will be much better especially for d df f projectiles (ryu,sagat,ken,....)

Its very easy to open and replace parts or mod it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive value. November 18, 2010
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Edition:Standard
I received this stick in the beginning of September. It's extremely tedious to play street fighter on a controller, so I decided a fightstick was in order. When I first bought it I was blown away, the box and packaging was great and the fightstick seemed great, and I felt I got a steal.

After using it for a few months I can say a few things about it.

Bad

- Buttons and stick are made by madcatz (read: garbage.) The stick on mine no longer registers the up-right diagonal with any consistency, and the medium punch and hard punch buttons will sometimes not respond
- White balltop and buttons make any dust or residue very visible
- Too small, your wrists don't rest comfortably on the surface, because there isn't enough surface space, even for the smallest of people.
- Very light. This might seem like a good thing, but when you're playing on your lap or table it slides all over the place and messes with your inputs.
- Cheap case material.
- Feels really cheap after playing with a good fightstick.
- No headset port.

Good

- Cheap!
- Easily better than a controller.
- Easy to mod with superior sanwa parts.
- Long cable is extremely convenient.
- Probably the best stick in this price range.

I can say that this is definitely a step up from a controller, and probably a good idea if you are unsure if you are going to like a fightstick or stick to fighting games. But if you are even slightly sure, just get a tournament edition, it has original sanwa parts and much higher build construction.

If you're thinking of buying it and then modding it later, think hard. While you may be able to mod it with better parts, you can't really fix the small case and light weight.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Sticky keys
After using this fight stick for not even a week multiple buttons lagged in response time and the others completely stopped working!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emon Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good conditions.
Published 2 months ago by felix j santana
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
stick was heavily used and extremely dirty. kinda gross.
Published 4 months ago by T. Winston Rogers
3.0 out of 5 stars Aite I suppose
Its okay for price, doesnt really respond well to my imputs.
Published 4 months ago by Neo Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This specific model isn't compatible with some games without messing around with programs and such.
Published 4 months ago by Cassidy Pair
3.0 out of 5 stars OK out of the box, great when out rip out all the parts and put in new...
I only recommend the standard edition stick if it is A) your B stick you force upon others, B) You get this cheap used and remove the joystick and buttons and replace them with... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ken Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed a 2nd one!
As you know it's better to have 2 controllers so you can play with your friends so I ended up ordering this one as my 2nd one. It works great and is very sturdy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cesar Reyes
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the Tournament Stick instead.
This particular arcade stick was not created with Sanwa parts, but was an okay stick. The problem with it is sometimes the joystick comes damaged. Read more
Published 11 months ago by James E. Lindsey
3.0 out of 5 stars Fads are funny when it comes to prices
its funny i bought this a couple years ago before everybody wanted a fightstick and got it for $15 now people are trying to sell them for 80-100 dollars... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Josh
4.0 out of 5 stars Works good, a little light
Definitely not as nice or heavy duty as the TE version, but this stick holds up well. Its a great starter stick if you are not sure if you want to switch over from pad, or it will... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Branden Brown
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Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Standard