One thing I love about the DSi XL and Vita is that the buttons and d-pad have a wonderful clicky tactile feel to them. I’m wondering if I can get the same input sensation on PC. (Bonus points for anything that also works on PS3, which should take most standard USB plug-and-play controllers.)
I’m not necessarily looking for a fightpad with a 6-button layout; this is actually going to be used mostly for puzzle games and 2D platformers like Super Meat Boy. The only fighters I would play on this pad would be ASW games where I use the regular 4-button layout, so I’m willing to get something that has a more “traditional” layout if needed.
The PDP Versus controller sounds attractive me (it actually doesn’t have a traditional d-pad, but rather a digital joystick) since the buttons and stick have microswitch actuators. However, I’ve heard that those have a design flaw which prevents left diagonal inputs from being recognized, and generally suffer from poor build quality.
I’ve heard lots of good things about the Hori Fighting Commander 3 Pro, which is probably the closest thing to what I’m looking for that I’ve seen so far. That being said, I’m not entirely sure it offers exactly what I want in terms of tactile feedback.