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About the product
- Officially Licensed by Sony
- Compatible with PS4, PS3, and PC (XInput)
- Touch Panel, Turbo function, Button Configuration Mode, and Input Toggle Switch
- Redesigned chassis and increased space between and below stick and buttons
- Uses HORI original HAYABUSA stick lever and new HAYABUSA buttons
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From the manufacturer
HORI Original Parts
The critically acclaimed HORI Original HAYABUSA Joystick is lightning quick and extremely accurate. Available only in the Real Arcade Pro line and the choice of tournament fighters around the world.
Super slim design and matte finish for quick response and actuation speed. Beveled edges add to comfort and feel. Unparalleled performance independently developed by HORI.
- Tournament grade arcade stick
- HORI Original HAYABUSA Joystick
- New & Improved HAYABUSA Buttons
- Touchpad Functionality
- Assignable Buttons
- Turbo Settings
- 9.8 ft. cable
- For PS4, PS3, and PC
Fully Functional Touch Pad
Located conveniently for use when required
New & Improved HAYABUSA Buttons
Beveled edges and slim profile for faster actuation and response
Adjust button assignment, Turbo settings, stick control assignment, and more
Now available in Red, White, and Blue versions for a limited time.
Officially Licensed by SCEA. The Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai is a tournament-grade fighting stick that brings the arcade experience home. It is compatible with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC through XInput. The RAP4 Kai features the HORI original HAYABUSA joystick and the new and improved HAYABUSA buttons which have a special matte finish, rounded edges, and an even slimmer profile. These acclaimed parts are now featured in Japanese arcade machines and are available only in HORI products. The HAYABUSA parts have been designed from the ground up with the feedback of pro players to reduce input time, increase accuracy, and extend durability. This is the new Real Arcade Pro, featuring a sleek, redesigned chassis and increased spacing between the stick and buttons. This model also features increased space below the buttons and stick for increased wrist comfort. Other features include fully functional touch pad with touch pad button, a side panel featuring multi-speed Turbo controls, stick control toggle switch, button configuration controls, L3/R3 buttons, and a Share button to record and share your most epic battles. With a large cable storage compartment and a carry handle, the RAP4 Kai is also conveniently portable. Settle for nothing less than the Real Arcade Pro!
Top customer reviews
Design-wise, I love it. It's elegant, and the conservative yet cool looking all at the same time. The stick has some heft to it as well, which is a good thing. I don't have to worry about it slipping due to the rubber pads attached to the bottom of the stick (which also minimizes the shock of cold metal touching your skin if using it in your lap). Also, because it's wider than my previous stick, I don't have to strain to hold it in place when in my lap (I'm a fairly large and tall person)
The Hyabusa stick is super responsive and easy to use. It has more give than the Fighting Stick 3, so it requires less force to execute moves. I'm a novice arcade stick user and so I had to spend a few hours trying to get used to it and finally got comfortable with my execution using this stick. There's just one small problem:
This thing hurts my hand to use.
The reason it hurts my hand because of how close the stick is to the bottom of the base. The edge of the base falls right in the middle of the back of my hand and it actually made my hand sore after using it for several hours.
If there were more room for my entire hand to rest on the base, I would have no complaints at all about this stick, but that's a deal breaker for me. it's unfortunate because I really like this stick otherwise. Also, I may be a special case because of the size of my hands and the way I hold the stick, but for 150 bucks, I need to be comfortable while playing.
Overall, the RAP 4 Kai is really nice and I would recommend it unless you have large hands. From what I've seen, the newer MadCatz sticks have more space between the stick and the bottom of the base, so I'll probably check them out.
What do you hate about it?
It is a shame there is no microphone jack. Online you can't chat with your opponents. You may find a work-around; I haven't looked. We shouldn't need a work-around.
Should I settle for a non-Mad Catz?
Chances are you are trying to convince yourself it's okay NOT to buy a Mad Catz and it's OK to buy a "second rate imitator." I usually like to buy the "best" or "most expensive" mode so I read basically all of these reviews. Mad Catz company had some problem I guess with their inventory and it is very hard to find one at the $200 point I was expecting to pay. Instead, the sticks I found were up to $300 and even beyond from some third party resellers associated with Amazon. The Law of Diminishing Returns led me to realize the difference in quality isn't enough to pay double; I'm not a pro, and maybe only a pro could appreciate the difference. The price of the HORI RAP 4 was fair, and the price is what finally convinced me to choose this.
So are the components really cheap feeling?
First impression, the form and design were better than I expected. The horizontally stretched chassis had me worried, but it was just fine and comfortable on my lap. The photo led me to believe there were two stubby "legs" with an empty channel down between them. In fact, that must be a trick of the photo editing. It has a flat bottom. The top layer covers the metal hardware box. As stated elsewhere, a rubber coating covers the cold metal on the bottom. It doesn't budge during rough play - it is lighter than the Mad Catz, but just as steady. The Mad Catz seems like a solid tank that if I was a pro transporting it frequently, I would prefer.
Everyone, including me, was convinced from forum discussions, etc., that if you don't have Sanwa components, you're basically using junk. I took that as gospel truth. After I've used this, I have no complaints. I can see what people say about the button material. Sanwa buttons are made from a hard plastic like volcanite or bakelite like a kitchen appliance - microwave or toaster maybe - otherwise possibly described as enamel (?). The Hayabusa buttons are made of something similar to the plastic of vinyl toys. I've read reviews that say the option button is different from the rest. I think it is completely forgiveable to cut costs. IDK, but I'm perfectly happy with the Hayabusas. The stick is indistiguishable for me between Mad Catz and HORI.
In conclusion, if you are vascillating or wavering on, "Can I live with myself if I settle?", JUST GET IT. You'll be satisfied. I had the Mad Catz for comparison and nothing disappoints me on the HORI. Thank goodness HORI found a good way to keep the primo components while saving costs where they could. Now, I can play fighting games as they were meant to be played again.
Most recent customer reviews
it made the switch from the d-pad alot easier