Arcade FightStick Alpha delivers everything you need in a fighting game controller, and nothing you don’t. You get a ball-top lever and a six-button layout that matches the spacing of Japanese arcade cabinets. Although we mimicked arcade layouts, this Mad Catz FightStick still accommodates all games for PS4 and PS3. The remaining two action buttons are out of the way for fighters, but still within easy reach for other titles.
The Arcade FightStick Alpha is equally great for games that don’t involve life bars or intricate combos. A 3-way button enables the joystick to function as the left or right analog stick or D-Pad, opening gameplay for a wide variety of game genres.
A dedicated button disables Start/Options and Select/Share, and prevents use of the PS button. Alpha sidesteps worries of hitting the wrong button in the heat of battle.
The best fighters in the world gain peace of mind by insisting upon an arcade stick with a wired connection. Alpha’s lengthy 9.8ft (3m) USB cable not only provides a reliable, low-latency link to your console, it maintains a comfortable gaming zone between you and the TV.