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Great feeling joystick, works on PC as well,
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This review is from: Mad Catz Street Fighter X Tekken - Arcade FightStick PRO - Line for Xbox 360 (Accessory)I bought the Xbox 360 version of the Fightstick Pro to play SFXT and SSF4 which I have on PC. Like other Xbox 360 controllers, this joystick worked perfectly on my Windows 7 machine. I simply plugged in the USB cable into my PC and it started downloading the drivers instantly. No disc required.
I also own a two-year-old Mad Catz TE Stick, and compared to that the Fightstick Pro feels almost identical when playing. The small difference between the two is that my older joystick feels looser when moving the actual joystick around - but not by much. I suppose that's because my older stick is simply showing some wear and tear - but it's a small difference. The buttons and the layout are pretty much the same as the TE Stick - sturdy and snappy. This stick uses a square gate which means that when moving the stick around, you will notice that its range of motion forms a square at its limits. (This can be changed to an octagonal gate for those who decide to modify the stick.)
The chassis of the SFXT joystick is well designed. It isn't as boxy as the TE Stick and it seems to sit better on my lap. The weight of the entire unit is hefty, but not overly so. I actually prefer the design of this stick in terms of chassis ergonomics. Instead of a simple box-like design that the TE Sticks have, the Fightstick Pro has some nice alternating angled edges along its sides and it has a nice lip along the front of the unit. My one complaint is that the turbo and other switches are located on the upper right of the chassis - somewhat close to the gameplay buttons themselves. Still, I doubt I would ever accidentally hit those buttons during gameplay.
The Fightstick Pro is a great choice for a fighting stick. The joystick movement feels great, the buttons are snappy and the build quality is good.
I've had my Fightstick Pro for a while now (about a year), and it finally needed some adjusting. Holding down on the joystick sometimes didn't register. So I opened up the joystick to see what was going on. I found that some of the wires had gotten caught between the joystick's moving parts. I simply moved them to one side and used some tape to keep the wires in place. In doing all of this I found that the internal components of the joystick to be pretty good quality - Sanwa parts for sure. Furthermore, taking the joystick apart and putting it back together is easy - you just need basic tools like a few screw drivers and some pliers. (You need pliers to hold one end of the joystick, while you unscrew the other end.)