Xbox’s arcade stick options got diminished by the disappearance of Mad Catz when they filed for bankruptcy early in 2017. Their fightsticks were popular here in the Western countries, and some of them were highly regarded in the fighting game community, like the TES ones.
We have omitted Mad Catz fightsticks from the lists.
Below you’ll find all the best current arcade stick options for Xbox. Some of them are clearly pricier than the budget options, but it’s good to keep in mind the old wisdom: you get what you pay for.
If you want to compare the features of each stick in a handy table format, check the Arcade Stick Comparison Chart.
Hori Real Arcade Pro.V Kai Review
This stick is nowadays the same as RAP4 Kai. In 2018 even the Xbox version was updated to use Hayabusa buttons (older revisions uses Kuro buttons). Kuros were the predecessors to Hayabusas. By no means are they bad, but Kuros aren’t as low-profile, and has a bit of a sharp edge on the buttons. They are glossy black, while Hayabusas are matte black.
The “V” doesn’t mean the roman numeral “5”, so this is not RAP5.
RAP.V is the best middle-ground option for Xbox price-wise (or any console, actually); it’s not the cheapest nor the most expensive stick, but offers a great quality fightstick with no immediate need for modding. Kuro buttons will likely satisfy most beginners or even non-beginners.
Read the full RAP4 Kai review (for Playstation 4).
Razer Atrox Review
Razer Atrox for Xbox One is similar to Razer Panthera for PS4. Robust and weighty box, already fitted with Sanwa buttons and joystick.
Two menu buttons are on the right side of the stick, and you can lock those buttons as well so you won’t press them accidentally. The stick has a rubber pad covering the whole bottom plate, so it stays put well. No headphone jack on this stick.
The top panel opens with a push of a button, giving you access to the insides. Here you will find unobstructed access to the buttons and joystick for easy-peasy modding, a screwdriver, a bat top for the joystick and a place to store the USB cable in. One of the coolest features is how easy it is to mod, and how Razer even encourages it. There is no “warranty void” sticker as with many other arcade sticks.
From Razer’s FAQ:
“What kind of modding is acceptable without voiding the warranty?
Basically anything that does not involve opening and modifying the PCB.”
Likewise, the artwork is easy to change, just remove the top plate and replace the artwork found underneath with your own custom one. You can download the Razer Atrox custom artwork template here.
You pay a bit more for Razer Atrox, but if you can afford it, it’s well worth your money – and can be fully customized to really personalize it.
Mayflash F500 Review
F500 is the big brother to F300. It’s larger, supports custom artwork, has a headphone jack, a place to store the USB cable in, and the latest shipments comes with an additional octagonal restrictor gate. Though it must be installed by yourself.
Overall this feels immediately better than F300, but it’s also pricier – but even with the price increase, the joystick and buttons won’t impress you. You would be wise to account the modding costs to the total price.
If you have big hands, F500 is a better fit than F300. It has metal top and bottom plates, so it also weighs more. Having some weight is good to prevent the stick from moving, especially if you play from your lap.
Mayflash F500 supports multiple consoles just like F300, with the same caveat that you have to connect your gamepad to it with a USB cable. There is a cure for it though, an addon called MagicBoots. You connect this small receiver to the USB port on the arcade stick, and you don’t need to connect your gamepad to it anymore. Could be worth it. This stick supports a vibrating wrist strap (bought separately), but to me it sounds more like a silly gimmick.
When you add the modding costs plus the possible addon costs, it’s closing in on the price of other, “ready-to-go” sticks. If you enjoy taking things apart and some DIY’ing, this could be a good option. But if not, consider saving a bit more for Hori’s RAP.V or RAP Tekken 7 Edition.
Read the full Mayflash F500 review.
Hori Real Arcade Pro Tekken 7 Edition Review
This is a really good arcade stick, but I see it slowly disappearing from the shelves, as branded sticks tends to have a very limited run. It’s actually the same stick as Hori Real Arcade Pro.N Hayabusa for Playstation 4, but with Tekken 7 branding and four rubber feet at the bottom instead of big rubber pads.
Joystick and buttons are Hayabusas, which means the buttons are very low-profile and a short activation distance. This makes them feel like they react super quick. Until you’re used to them, they are prone to accidental presses if you like to rest your fingers on the buttons. And the matte texture on them is really nice.
The buttons are in the Noir layout (buttons arc more heavily downwards), which is quite rare, as most sticks use the Vewlix layout. Noir should work especially well for Tekken or other games which focuses on four buttons. But in the end it’s just a matter of preference.
This stick has a headphone jack, and all the buttons are on the front panel. The Options button is neatly hidden behind a cover. How ridiculously cool is that?
Read the full Hori RAP.N Hayabusa review (for Playstation 4).
Mayflash F300 Review
This is the most popular budget arcade stick currently, evne though it may not seem like much. It’s a cheap stick, it supports multiple console platforms including PC, and it’s easily moddable. It’s compact in size and weight.
There’s a price to be paid for the multi-platform support, though: You need to connect one USB cable from the fightstick to your console, and then another USB cable between the controller and this arcade stick. The gamepad and fightstick are daisy-chained, which means you can control both with the controller and arcade sticks, for example if you need to use the analogue sticks in a game briefly. One more annoying thing is the location of the USB port on F300; it’s in the front, pointing towards you, so it will be in the way and may risk bending if you hold it in your lap.
Artwork is not changeable, but you can print your own custom artwork and apply it on the surface. The problem here is that if there’s no layer protecting it, it will probably wear out the artwork quickly from rubbing and sweat from your hands. If custom artwork is important, consider Mayflash F500 fightstick.
Mayflash F300 is a good option for beginners – on the condition that you’ll mod it at some point. It’s not a stellar performer otherwise. You can make it feel like a completely different stick with Sanwa parts. Button size is 30 mm (24 mm for Start/Options button).
Read the full Mayflash F300 review.