You’ve probably already set you eyes on F300, but now might be wondering how does it differ from F500. I touched the subject on F500’s review, but for the sake of conveniency, let’s make a separate post about it.
The cheap, compact, moddable arcade stick with great multiplatform support. It’s been Amazon’s bestseller among arcade sticks and seems to be holding its place there firmly. You can read my thoughts about it in the F300 review here.
So what does F500 have that F300 doesn’t?
It’s basically F300’s big brother. Check the F500 review here.
- F500 is pricier (Amazon)
- It’s noticeably larger than F300, which can be a good thing if you have large hands
- It also weighs more because it has a metal top and bottom plate, giving it a kind of “premium” feel
- It has a headphone jack
- It has a compartment to hide the USB cable
- F500 supports easy custom artwork – just take off the plexi panel and swap the artwork underneath with your own
- Like all sticks, it comes with a square restrictor gate, but Mayflash has seemingly bundled an extra octagonal gate which you can install yourself
- Finally, it has support for a vibrating wrist strap, which I don’t feel is a very popular feature, but it’s there nonetheless
Features they both share:
- They both have same quality joystick and buttons
- Both support the same consoles and devices, which includes PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Android, and lastly Nintendo Switch after an update
- They have support for MagicBoots, which means you don’t need to have your gaming controller connected to it, although this is a pricey solution, increasing the cost noticeably
So there are some clear differences in features, but are they really necessary ones for you? And are the extra features of F500 worth the price difference? Maybe. But with the price of F500 and possible modding costs, it’s closing in on the Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 territory, which is a popular and guaranteed performer. Ah, the choices, the choices…