4-way vs 8-way?


#1

What is the difference?

I have a Mad Catz TE (the original one) and I believe that it has a 4/8-way stick, but what does that mean really? How can I change it from one to the other just to experiment with it?


#2

4-way means the joystick has a maximum of 4 input locations: up, down, left, right.

8-way means you can add diagonals, which are kinda important if you think about it.

The joystick in your TE stick (Sanwa JLF-TP-8Y-SK) is 8-way, and I suggest you keep it like that. I’m not sure if you can even change it to 4-way, but you can get 2-way gates if you want to play as a Guile with one very annoying OCD.


#3

Thanks. That seems really obvious now…


#4

Yeah, putting the stick to 4-way is really only useful for games like Pac-Man, Tetris, and such. Games that don’t need diagonal movement.


#5

4 way really sucks for street fighter. Can’t fireball, SRK, or block low. If I know you set your stick to 4 way, I’ll sweep you all day. If you are curious…
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Why is there a 4 way mode? On some arcade machines like Pac Man the way it is programed if you hit a diagonal while the other direction is on the change in direction won’t register. It requires that you go back to a neutral state before changing directions.
I think if you have right held down, the game code can only sense input at a time so if down is press while right is pressed, it will ignore down and continue going right.


#6

LOL. I’m thinking he is talking about square vs octagonal restrictor plates. Amirite?

Madcatz/Hori sticks that are stock come with square gates. Generally people who play charge characters play on square gates. I have no problem pulling off qcf/dp motions with this plate. However, I find it hard to do stuff like Guile’s flash kick ultra, or Dee Jay’s MGU ultra with an octagon plate. I find charge characters near unplayable on circular gates. I don’t know how anyone could do it…

AIAB/X Arcade sticks come in circular gates. American cabs most generally use HAPP parts, while most off the shelf sticks come with Japanese style sticks.

Here’s the breakdown on sticks:

All sticks perform using digital directions. In laymans terms, the directions on a stick are the same directions you’d find on your compass ergo

8-way = North, South, East, West, Northeast, Northwest, Southwest, Southeast

4-way = North, South, East, West, OR Northeast, Northwest, Southwest, Southeast

2-way = North, South, OR East, West.

Your analog sticks preform using a multitude of directions, usually in multiples of 8. Most fighting games only need the 8 cardinal directions hence arcade sticks sending digital directions.


#7

Toodles had made a aftermarket circle gate found on Lizard lick if Square and Octagonal gates are not you thing.