Getting a custom stick... Should I go 6 buttons or 8 buttons?


#1

Two things. I’m considering getting a custom made stick. I don’t want to spend more than $250.

As of now, I’m considering asking Hahano to make the stick. Are there any other recommendations for affordable stick makers?

Secondly, I’m not sure whether to go with a 6 or 8 button layout. I play SF4, Tekken, and BlazBlue. All of those are fine on 6 button machines. There aren’t any games that use 8 buttons, are there? Is there a reason to go with an 8 button arcade stick? If possible, I’d prefer to just go 6 button, since it allows more room for the graphic under (aesthetics are a big thing for me) and looks less clustered together. But if there’s a good reason for me to have an 8 button stick instead, then I’ll go with that.


#2

Not aware of anything that would make full use of 8 buttons, however some people to prefer the straight 4 layout for snk games which leads to the 7 button layout.

So, in the end, personal preference.


#3

Id always go with six, but at times navigating some menus(Blazblu, KOF) and minigames (Fate:U/C) need the use of L1 that can get a lil annoying.


#4

You could always just get L1 L2 on the sides of the stick.

But yeah unless you play SNK stuff, just go for 6.


#5

I’d honestly just go for 8. Too many games these days navigate menus with the extra two buttons. You’ll probably never use them outside of the menus, however.


#6

If you play on emulators you’d want as many as you can get basically.


#7

I beg to differ, I find the extra 2 buttons quite useful in SF4 to emulate simultaneous 3 buttons, makes ultra/lariats easier to pass.


#8

I agree with other users. If you don’t play a lot of SNK games or emulators, you are probably better off with a 6 button layout. I have a 6 button Arcade in a Box and a Mad Catz TE and I tend to use the TE more often since I use the extra two buttons to navigate the menus. But I’d prefer a 6 button layout.

Even if you do go with the 6 button layout, I would put the other two buttons on the face similar to the Virtua Stick High Grade.


#9

This. Namco and VSHG got this right. Six face buttons with the other two up top for navigation.


#10

If you only play games with 6 buttons then there is no need to get an 8 button joystick. I prefer 8 buttons because i play MAME


#11

Why would you want more buttons if you are playing on an emulator? I can’t think of any games that use more than 6 buttons and you have start/select for start/coin to take care of everything you need.


#12

Modded Xbox1 needs them for emulators. They commonly use L2/R2 for scrolling through menu items and Start/Select/L2/R2 to return to the main menu. It’s like having a 360 stick without a Guide button… tolerable but a pain.


#13

I would get 6 on the face, and put the L1 and L2 on the left hand side of the stick if you need them for menus navigation.


#14

It really depends on what you play. The 3D KOF games need 8 buttons, and with the options of moves to configure could actually use more. Any 4 button game doesn’t feel right on a 6 button stick. OTOH, I tend to accidentally hit the unneeded buttons when playing an 8 button game on a 6 button stick. I’d start with whatever you’re likely use more, and then buy the other one later. I have plenty of 6 and 8 button sticks with Sanwa, Seimitsu, Crown and even 2 Happs myself.


#15

That is useful, though a lot of players frown on using macros like that since the arcade cabinets don’t have that functionality. But hey, I don’t judge.:rofl:

As for my opinion, I stick with 6. I just like having a flat surface for my pinky to rest on when I play, and don’t like the feel of extra buttons there. Even for SNK stuff, I just play them with my outermost 4 buttons.


#16

4 button games don’t really have to feel all that weird on a 6 button layout. For one, newer SNK games use a square 4 button layout (2 on top of 2), and for the 4 horizontal layouts, in a Vewlix layout the buttons seem to curve well enough so that the bottom left button and the top 3 make a decent 4 button, curved layout.


#17

In regards to the Vewlix layout I agree. I never thought I would get so used to the BB layout but it just fits naturally and often will find fingers on those 4 when playing SF4. For me I think it just feels right.


#18

basically this!


#19

I originally thought I didn’t need all eight, but then I started playing this MMO called Dungeon Fighter and it’s only fun on stick. Right now, I’m using all eight of my buttons + start and select for quick keys and I feel that it still isn’t enough.

It really depends on what you’re playing, but sometimes things can come up spontaneously.


#20

I know this is really just preference, but I’m kinda interested in what the general consensus is over here regarding whether they prefer HRAP 1 or HRAP 2.