I’m one of those new guys that’s floated in on the SFIV wave, so I apologise if this is a “no brainer” but I’ve tried searching and haven’t come up with anything.
I’m looking to get a TE FightStick, but 150 is a fair chunk of change for me, and needs to be something of an investment rather than just a light purchase for me to spend that much. So I’m wondering about the longevity of arcade sticks and also whether the PS3 or 360 version might be better value for money in the long term.
The next-gen consoles will alledgely come out in 2011-2012, so that’s only 2 years or so which isn’t really that much considering the 150 price. I don’t know too much about consoles I just bought my first (a 360) at Xmas, but from what I can tell backwards compatability can’t be relied on? Microsoft I’m sure will be happy to change the security protocol/encryption (or whatever it is they have) so they can re-sell you controllers you don’t need with the new Xbox, but what about Sony?
There seems to be hardware compatability already with PS2>PS3 adapters, and from what I can tell they seem to be more open with USB and “plug and play”, so is it naive to assume that there will likely be PS3>PS4 compatability in future? I have an adapter that will let me use a PS3 controller on my 360, so I’m wondering if i’ll be better off in the long run getting a PS3 TE instead of the 360 version. Obviously this all depends on if the sticks themselves have that kind of longevity, I’m assuming they last a good few years?
Or do I just have unrealistic expectations about what I should be getting out of 150?