The premiere fighting franchise is coming back soon with the release of Street Fighter V. While you can play software product with a DualShock 4, a lot of professional gamers in the competitive scene prefer using dedicated controllers made for fighters. While the arcade sticks may be a little pricey, there are some fight pads that are worth checking out. You can take a look at our list of the best PS4 fight pad controllers to play Street Fighter V below.
Mad Catz Street Fighter V FightPad Pro
In terms of features, the Mad Catz Street Fighter V FightPad Pro is the best option. The officially licensed asymmetrical controller comes with six face buttons as R1 and R2 were moved down from the shoulders. A switch is also included where you can swap the functions of the triggers and shoulders, giving the end user more customization options.
Another notable feature is the circular directional pad, which is designed to make it easier to pull off attacks that require multiple directional inputs. With that said, gamers who prefer using a traditional d-pad will be out of luck. A left analog stick has been implemented if prefer using that for movement and input. Last but not least is a touchpad as it should provide the same functionality as the one found on the DualShock 4. Check out a few images of the fight pad controller with our media gallery located below this paragraph.
So, while it may be priced higher than the competition, the Mad Catz Street Fighter V FightPad Pro has the most features and customization options. If you are interested, you check out the various color variations with the following links on Amazon: Chun Li Blue, Ken Red, M. Bison Black and Ryu White.
Hori Fighting Commander 4 Controller
A cheaper alternative, and potentially better one based on your preferences, is the officially licensed Hori Fighting Commander 4 Controller. This asymmetrical pad also comes with a six button layout (with R1 and R2 being placed in the same area as the Circle, Cross, Square and Triangle buttons). There is also a toggle switch to swap the functions between the left and right shoulder buttons.
Unlike the Mad Catz Street Fighter V FightPad Pro, the Hori Fighting Commander 4 Controller comes with a traditional directional pad that is also rotatable if you want to adjust the angle of your grip. In terms of customization, you can adjust the sensitivity of the diagonal input as well as turbo functionality. Take a look at what Hori’s fighting pad looks like below this paragraph.
If you prefer using a traditional directional pad instead of a left analog and/or a circular pad, then the Hori Fighting Commander 4 Controller may be your best option. Not to mention that you will be able to change there are additional customization options, with being able to change diagonal input sensitivity and enable/disable turbo, not found in the direct competition. You can purchase the Fighting Commander 4 with this page.
PDP Mortal Kombat X Fight Pad
One last option that you might want to consider is the Mortal Kombat X Fight Pad, which has also been officially licensed and features a six button layout (with the L1 and R1 buttons moved to the same areas as the regular face buttons). It separates itself from the rest of the competition by using micro-switches as buttons in order to mimic the push buttons of arcade sticks. Check out some photos of the Mortal Kombat X Fight Pad underneath this paragraph.
The PDP fighting controller does suffer from some durability issues. So it may be best to get either the Hori Fighting Commander 4 Controller or Mad Catz Street Fighter V FightPad Pro instead. If you are still interested, you can check out the PDP Mortal Kombat X Fight Pad here.
Street Fighter V’s release date is set for the 16th of February.