Mad Catz have a FightStick for the Xbox One you might want to take a look at – its called the Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 and here is our review.

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Fight your way to the top of the leaderboards with Mad Catz’ Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 for Xbox One. Continuing the legacy of the original TE FightStick, this version builds premium, arcade-quality Sanwa Denshi parts into an arcade stick that’s both ready for competition and perfect for customization to make it your very own.

Specifications

  • Authentic Japanese-style Sanwa Denshi joystick & buttons
  • Premium-quality components with genuine arcade layout
  • Controller lock/unlock button prevents accidental button presses
  • LEDs light up your FightStick during play (LED PCB sold separately)
  • Removable ProCable for easy storage and travel
  • Internal storage compartments hold extra tools and parts
  • Intuitive top panel design for easy artwork customization

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the FightStick, a small screwdriver, some instructions and the usual set of Mad Catz stickers.

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A Closer Look

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All of the Xbox One controller buttons and triggers are available as buttons on the top of the FightStick.

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To top also has the Xbox button along with two other buttons, an on/off/haptic selector and a locked and unlocked selector which toggles between modes to disable certain buttons as the last thing you want in the middle of a big fight is to accidently knock the menu button!

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At the front of the FightStick are the other two buttons from the Xbox One controller.

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Here is where you connect the Procable before connecting the other end to your Xbox One via USB.

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And here is the FightStick in all it’s glory.

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The underside of the FightStick contains foam padding which helps to ensure that even with long periods of use it is still comfortable to have on your lap.

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The Mad Catz button allows the top of the FightStick to be opened.

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Opening Up the FightStick

You can customise the FightStick and to do so you can open the top panel at the push of a button.

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Inside is the Procable that you will need to connect the FightStick to your Xbox One.

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You can customise the FightStick with an LED PCB and translucent buttons, although these are sold separately.

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Final Thoughts

If you play a lot of fighting games then you might want to consider buying a FightStick if for no other reason than saving your controller from eventual destruction!

The FightStick is heavy enough that you don’t feel like it is going to move or slip, and the addition of the foam on the underside also helps with the comfort factor. I used the FightStick for several hours with it sitting on my lap and I didn’t feel any discomfort. The same can’t be said for my fingers from all the button bashing!

The joystick and buttons are made by Sanwa and they are the very same parts found in Japanese arcade cabinets. The buttons make a reassuring click when you press them and both the buttons and the joystick are very responsive.

Connecting up the FightStick to my Xbox One was simply a case of connecting the Procable to the FightStick and then plugging the other end into the Xbox One.

One nice little touch is that when the FightStick is connected to your Xbox One, the Mad Catz logo glows red.

The beauty of this FightStick is that it can be customised, including LED lights and a new top panel. You can pretty much do whatever you want to it. To remove the top panel you will need a small screwdriver and that’s where the little Mad Catz screwdriver that was in the box comes in handy. It’s only a little thing but Mad Catz thought of everything.

You can even buy a carry case for the FightStick if you want to take it around with you.

Using the FightStick compared to using a standard controller is like the difference between night and day. I was certainly winning more fights with the FightStick.

The Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 for Xbox One is available now for £139.99 and is a must have if you like your fighting games, and with Mortal Kombat X just around the corner, there has never been a better time to get one.

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You can learn more from the Mad Catz website.