Capcom will be holding a multiplayer beta for Street Fighter V in the near future. As you may have seen in competitive events like Evo, a lot of the top players in the world prefer to use sticks instead of a traditional gamepads when it comes to playing fighting games. So which PlayStation 4 arcade sticks should you use when playing the Street Fighter V beta?
About the Beta
First, let’s take a look at the online beta of the fighting game, which will officially begin on July 23rd at 6:00 PM PST. It is expected to last for five days. In order to get into the multiplayer beta, you have to reserve the final version at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and the PlayStation Store. You can preorder the game from Amazon.com with this link.
In the beta, gamers will have access to four players at the start: Charlie Nash, Chun Li, Ryu and M. Bison. On July 25th, Capcom is also adding Birdie and Cammy. Last but not least are three stages: Bustling Side Street (China), Forgotten Waterfall and Terminal Station (London). With that said, the SF5 beta won’t have support for offline multiplayer as you can only fight against other players online (you will be put into a training stage until an opponent can be found).
Street Fighter V PS3 Sticks Compatibility
Capcom is currently investigating support for PS3 sticks for Street Fighter V on PlayStation 4. With that said, these won’t be supported in the multiplayer beta of the fighting game. As a result, you have to use arcade sticks that were made specifically for the PS4.
Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2
The most popular PlayStation 4 stick is the Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2. This product comes with a joystick and eight buttons (L1, L2, R1, R2, Square, Triangle, Cross and Circle) made of Sanwa Denshi materials for accuracy and durability. You can also easily mod the stick as the product can be opened, giving you easy access to the internal components as well as the bezel and top panel (for custom artwork).
If you are interested, you can purchase the standard version of the Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 with this link. You can also purchase an Ultra Street Fighter IV Rivals version here.
Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai
Another great stick for the Street Fighter V beta is the Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai. This item is made using the Hayabusa joystick in addition to the eight Kuro push buttons (L1, L2, R1, R2, Square, Triangle, Cross and Circle). These parts are designed, with feedback from the fighting game community, to reduce input time (leading to better accuracy) in addition to being more durable.
Hori also increased the spacing of the stick when compared to the previous versions for added comfort, especially if you are planning to play for hours. Last but not least, the product comes with a touch pad and turbo settings, features that aren’t included in the Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2.
You can buy the Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai with this page.
The Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 and Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai are great PS4 sticks for the multiplayer beta of the upcoming Street Fighter game. We suggest going with the Mad Catz one if you are planning on modding your stick. On the other hand, you can also opt for Hori’s product if you are interested in the turbo and using the touch pad.