I’m looking to purchase a couple single-player joysticks to hookup to my PC running MAME, primarily for Street Fighter games.
I always preferred the joysticks with a “notch” in the corners at the arcades, and from reading around the web those are sticks which have a “square gate” from what I understand. I also am under the impression that Sanwa sticks come with these.
So, I’m looking for a couple single player units with Sanwa sticks.
…but I’m having fun with my Tekken 5 HORI Arcade stick and Sector 7 converter combination. It’s a square gate one that has an eight button layout. Pretty good with an emulator because your setup is a WYSIWYG layout. Well, on Winkawaks. Once you understand which button goes where, you will be able to set it up without any difficulty.
Your problem shouldn’t be what joystick you wish to use but finding a converter that has good response and doesn’t lag like shit.
I’ve tried about 3 PS to USB converters and they were all horrific. Half circle moves will simply not come out and the lag is just too noticable. That was awhile ago so maybe now there is something better but I don’t know.
If you can find a DOA4 stick, you can connect it to a PC via USB. It has a cheapo square gate though, so folks here have done the infamous “Jumpsuit mod” to put in a Sanwa square or octagonal gate. The Hori stick has a shorter throw than a Sanwa stick.
I don’t mind spending some cash on a joystick as long as it’s a good one. I was actually considering a SlikStik from www.slikstik.com, but after talking with them I don’ t think any of their sticks have a square gate.
I wasn’t thinking PS2 to PC adapter, I was hoping to find a native USB joystick.
Just order a custom stick from DreadedFist, finkle, or one of the other makers here. Also, just get the radioshack psx to usb. You guys are trying to make this too complicated You have choices on the stick though, but I say stick with Sanwa sticks (the end all be all stick, the jlf) and sanwa buttons. Shouldn’t cost you over $160. Also, that “gopodular” stuff is a goddamn ripoff. Custom ftw.
I found the Hori Real Arcade Pro Stick 3 on play-asia.com but it’s out of stock right now. I assume the PS3 versionis USB? I saw a thread saying to hook it to a PC you need to hold the HOME button for 5 seconds so it’s detected - is this a one-time thing? I wouldn’t want to do it every time… Also, is there anyone that has this in stock??
Also I looked at the Virtua Stick High Grade, but couldn’t find one that said USB specifically.
Am I the only advocate for the Real Arcade Pro 3 here? It is better than using a Dualshock pcb since it is USB native, doesn’t lag, comes with a Sanwa stick, and it is compatible with Sanwa/Semitsu buttons. Not only it is arcade style, it comes with turbo autofire and simulated analog stick controls just in case if you want to play PS3 games on it.
It may be more costly than using a PSX stick but since you want a PC stick; this is the best you can get with a warranty.
Radio shack converter is pure shit if I’m not mistaken, I know I’ve tried the smartjoy, random converter from Fry’s and I think the radioshack one was just as bad. If you are serious about playing on mame I’d spend the money on a USB native rather than going the converter route, trying them and end up canning the idea like I did after seeing how terrible the stick becomes on a usb converter. I seriously would rather use my keyboard than my stick on a converter.
HRAP3 looks like a good option, it’s a good stick.
I own 7 arcade sticks for multiple systems - both off-the-shelf and custom. My GoPodular stick is by far the best in terms of build quality, responsiveness and durability. I do not hesitate to recommend the GoPodular stick to anyone looking for a stick.
I’ve owned mine for 5 months now and I think it’s terrific.