SoulCalibur VI is the next big fighting game coming to the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As with most titles in the genres, a lot of players prefer using an arcade stick over a regular gamepad. So what are the best fight sticks to check out in 2020 for the sixth mainline installment of the SoulCalibur series as well as other fighting games such as Street Fighter V, Tekken 7 and other fighting games? You can find out in our latest buying guide below.
SoulCalibur VI Controls Scheme
Before we start, let’s talk a little bit about the controls in SoulCalibur 6. The game uses all four face buttons (A, B, X and Y on the Xbox One as well as X, Circle, Square and Triangle on the PlayStation 4) in addition to the four shoulder buttons (LB, LT, RB and RT on the Xbox One as well as L1, L2, R1 and R2 on PS4). Thus, it should work well with fighting sticks that have all eight action buttons via your right hand, leaving your left hand completely dedicated to joystick movement.
You can find out more specific details on the controls setup of Soul Calibur VI in or previous buying guide regarding the best suited fight pads here.
You are looking for a cheaply priced, but still quality fight stick for SC6, then we have two recommendations that you should check out.
Hori Fighting Stick Mini 4
The first of which is the Hori Fighting Stick Mini 4. This product, which has been officially licensed by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4 (as well as PC and PlayStation 3 if you are interested in those platforms as well), uses an eight button layout (featuring the X, Circle, Square, Triangle L1, L2, R1 and R2). It’s miniature size, measuring at around eight inches by six inches, makes it easy to transport while also providing enough room to rest your wrists during intense Soul Calibur 6 matches.
If you are interested, you can purchase the Hori Fighting Stick Mini 4 with this link on Amazon.
Mayflash F300 Arcade Fight Stick
If you are planning to play the Xbox One version of SCVI and/or want to use turbo, another relatively cheap fighting stick worth checking out is the Mayflash F300. Like the Hori Fighting Stick Mini 4, this product has eight action buttons. With that said, you will be able to use the turbo functionality on all of these inputs. Furthermore, you can also swap the joystick functionality to either the directional pad or left analog stick.
In addition to the Xbox One, the Mayflash F300 Arcade Fight Stick is also compatible with the Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. You can purchase it here.
Medium Ranged Budget
If you don’t mind paying a little bit more, then there is one series of fighitng sticks we recommend checking out.
Hori Real Arcade Pro
The Hori Real Arcade Pro is built with arcade-authentic Hayabusa joystick and button pieces while also featuring the popular Noir eight-button layout. Players will also be able to use turbo mode as well as reassign buttons.
Fortunately for fans of the upcoming game, there are two special SoulCalibur VI editions of the Hori Real Arcade Pro. The PlayStation 4 version, which features artwork for several of the male characters, is officially licensed by Sony Interactive Entertainment and Bandai Namco. In addition to the PS4, it can also be used for the PC and PS3. You can purchase this version via this page.
The Xbox One version features artwork based of several of the female fighters in the game. The fighting stick, which has been officially licensed by Microsoft and Bandai Namco, also supports the PC and Xbox 360. You can but it with this link.
If money isn’t an issue for you, then there are two premium sticks that you should look into.
Qanba Obsidian Joystick
The first of which is the Qanba Obsidian Joystick, which uses the same Sanwa Denshi joystick and buttons found in real Japanese arcade cabinets. The product, which has been officially licensed by Sony Interactive Entertainment, features an eight button layout in addition to having anti-slip padding, 3.5mm headphone port and even a touch pad.
The Qanba Obsidian Joystick supports the PlayStation 4, PC in addition to the PlayStation 3. You can purchase it here.
Xbox One owners should check out the Razer Atrox if they are looking for a premium fighting stick for Soul Calibur 6. This product is built with Sanwa components in order to optimize accuracy as well as provide durability at the same time. It also uses Sanwa Denshi buttons and can be opened up for additional modifications.
The Razer Atrox, which is also compatible with the PC in addition to the Xbox One, is available via this link.
If you looking for an affordable fight stick for SoulCalibur VI in 2020 and beyond, then we recommend checking out the Hori Fighting Stick Mini 4 (for those playing on PS4 and/or PC) or the Mayflash F300 Arcade Fight Stick (for those playing on PS4, Xbox One and/or PC).
The Hori Real Arcade Pro sticks, especially the Soul Calibur 6 Editions, are great if you are looking for more features and are willing to pay a little bit more. The PlayStation 4 version of this product supports the PS4 and PC while the Xbox One version supports the Xbox One and PC.
Last but not least, we recommend checking out the Qanba Obsidian Joystick (for PS4 and PC players) or Razer Atrox (for Xbox One or PC players) if you are looking for a premium arcade stick.
You can also check out our buyer’s guides for other PS4 and Xbox One accessories below:
- PS4 Compatible HDDs and SSDs
- PSVR Accessories
- PS4 Compatible Racing Wheel Sets And Other Racing Accessories
- PS4 Compatible Surround Sound Gaming Headsets
- PS4 Compatible Vertical Stands
- PS4 and Xbox One Compatible Fight Pads
- Xbox One Comaptible External HDDs and SDDs
- Xbox One Compatible Racing Wheels and Other Racing Accessories
- Xbox One Compatible Surround Sound Gaming Headsets
- Xbox One Compatible Vertical Stands