Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai for Playstation 4 Playstation 3 and PC
- Officially Licensed by Sony
- Compatible with PS4, PS3, and PC (XInput).New & Improved HAYABUSA Buttons:Beveled edges and slim profile for faster actuation and response
- Touch Panel, Turbo function, Button Configuration Mode, and Input Toggle Switch
- Redesigned chassis and increased space between and below stick and buttons
- Uses HORI original HAYABUSA stick lever and new HAYABUSA buttons
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HORI Original Parts
The critically acclaimed HORI Original HAYABUSA Joystick is lightning quick and extremely accurate. Available only in the Real Arcade Pro line and the choice of tournament fighters around the world.
Super slim design and matte finish for quick response and actuation speed. Beveled edges add to comfort and feel. Unparalleled performance independently developed by HORI.
- Tournament grade arcade stick
- HORI Original HAYABUSA Joystick
- New & Improved HAYABUSA Buttons
- Touchpad Functionality
- Assignable Buttons
- Turbo Settings
- 9.8 ft. cable
- For PS4, PS3, and PC
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Only con I can really think of is that the stick has a square gate. It's no big deal, I don't think you're supposed to ride the gate anyway, but for an amateur such as myself I will be investing in an octagonal restrictor plate (a cheap and easy mod).
P.S. If you want an octagonal gate, the Sanwa plate Amazon suggests DOES NOT work with this stick, look into the Kowal Hayabusa Octopus octagonal restrictor plate. Had to order mine elsewhere as Amazon did not have it.
I was pleased with the responsiveness of the buttons, but the joystick created a little frustration trying to get out certain moves that weren't a problem with the real analog (non-clicking) joysticks that Street Fighter machines came equipped with. I read there was a learning curve to playing with the new types of joysticks and frankly, I didn't have the patience to bother with it. Made one of my all time favorite games to play, completely annoying (more than the CPU opponents can already be).
After some further research and digging into my budget for an extra $40 or so, I did find a better joystick solution. Whatever works right? Well, unfortunately the Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 didn't work "for me". My personal playing style has always been a factor, even in the arcade, but the replacement I found (Razor Atrox) I don't have any issues with and it to is a "clicking" style joystick. The joystick and button response quality on the Atrox is amazing, I'm glad I returned the Hori. I am giving it 2 stars just because it did seem to be built well. It just didn't play well for me.
What do you hate about it?
It is a shame there is no microphone jack. Online you can't chat with your opponents. You may find a work-around; I haven't looked. We shouldn't need a work-around.
Should I settle for a non-Mad Catz?
Chances are you are trying to convince yourself it's okay NOT to buy a Mad Catz and it's OK to buy a "second rate imitator." I usually like to buy the "best" or "most expensive" mode so I read basically all of these reviews. Mad Catz company had some problem I guess with their inventory and it is very hard to find one at the $200 point I was expecting to pay. Instead, the sticks I found were up to $300 and even beyond from some third party resellers associated with Amazon. The Law of Diminishing Returns led me to realize the difference in quality isn't enough to pay double; I'm not a pro, and maybe only a pro could appreciate the difference. The price of the HORI RAP 4 was fair, and the price is what finally convinced me to choose this.
So are the components really cheap feeling?
First impression, the form and design were better than I expected. The horizontally stretched chassis had me worried, but it was just fine and comfortable on my lap. The photo led me to believe there were two stubby "legs" with an empty channel down between them. In fact, that must be a trick of the photo editing. It has a flat bottom. The top layer covers the metal hardware box. As stated elsewhere, a rubber coating covers the cold metal on the bottom. It doesn't budge during rough play - it is lighter than the Mad Catz, but just as steady. The Mad Catz seems like a solid tank that if I was a pro transporting it frequently, I would prefer.
Everyone, including me, was convinced from forum discussions, etc., that if you don't have Sanwa components, you're basically using junk. I took that as gospel truth. After I've used this, I have no complaints. I can see what people say about the button material. Sanwa buttons are made from a hard plastic like volcanite or bakelite like a kitchen appliance - microwave or toaster maybe - otherwise possibly described as enamel (?). The Hayabusa buttons are made of something similar to the plastic of vinyl toys. I've read reviews that say the option button is different from the rest. I think it is completely forgiveable to cut costs. IDK, but I'm perfectly happy with the Hayabusas. The stick is indistiguishable for me between Mad Catz and HORI.
In conclusion, if you are vascillating or wavering on, "Can I live with myself if I settle?", JUST GET IT. You'll be satisfied. I had the Mad Catz for comparison and nothing disappoints me on the HORI. Thank goodness HORI found a good way to keep the primo components while saving costs where they could. Now, I can play fighting games as they were meant to be played again.