Madcatz Fightpad - A product study questionnaire


#1

Hi there, Shoryuken community!
I’m currently doing my A Level product study, and for part of our coursework I need to choose a product, analyse it and then try to improve it in some way. For this, I have chosen to do the MadCatz Fightpad (SFIV Version) and I am aiming to try and improve the ergonomics of it in some way to make it better suited for users with either really large or really small hands, or for those who have trouble reaching all of the buttons easily. For one part of my coursework, I need to get feedback from people who use the product, through the form of a questionnaire.

This is where you guys come in! If you wouldn’t mind filling in my questionnaire, it would make me a very happy bunny! And i’m not looking *just at the ergonomics though - if there’s a part of the fightpad that you think really sucks, write it in below the questions :slight_smile:
[LIST=1]
[
]How comfortable to you find the controller to hold?
[/LIST]
**A-**Extremely comfortable **B-**Comfortable **C-**Indifferent **D-**Uncomfortable **E-**Extremely Uncomfortable

**2.** Are you able to reach all of the main input buttons with ease?

A - Yes B - With some effort C - No, I struggle

  • *3. Are you able to reach the rear two bumpers with ease?
    A - Yes B - With some effort C - No, I struggle

  • 4. Are you able to reach the Start/Select/Turbo buttons with ease?
    A -
    Yes* B - With some effort C - No, I struggle

  • *5. How do you feel about the weight of the controller?
    A - It’s too light B - It’s just fine C - It’s too light

6. Do you find the grips on the side of the controller useful?
A - Yes** B -*** I haven’t really noticed them* C - No

  • ***7. **Do you find the grips on the back of the controller useful?
    A - Yes B - I haven’t really noticed them C - No

  • *8. How do you feel about the responsiveness of the D-Pad?
    **A - **Extremely responsive **B - **Responsive **C - ***It’s functional ***D - **Partially *Unresponsive ***E -***Extremely unresponsive *

** 9. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the main input buttons?
**A - **Extremely responsive **B - **Responsive **C - ***It’s functional ***D - **Partially Unresponsive **E -***Extremely unresponsive *

**10. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the main input buttons?
**A - **Extremely responsive **B - **Responsive **C - ***It’s functional ***D - **Partially Unresponsive **E -***Extremely unresponsive *

**11. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the Start/Select/ Turbo Buttons?
**A - **Extremely responsive **B - **Responsive **C - ***It’s functional ***D - **Partially Unresponsive **E -***Extremely unresponsive *

**12. **How do you feel about the length of the USB cable?
A - It’s not long enough B - It’s just the right length C - It’s too long

**13. **What main aspect of the controller do you not like? (Open question!)

**14. **What main aspect of the controller do you like? (Also an open question!)

Thanks in advance for bothering to do this, it is seriously helpful! :smiley:
EDIT: I just found the poll section. Dammit -.-


#2

[LIST=1]
[*]How comfortable to you find the controller to hold?
[/LIST]
****C-Indifferent
call it I have “Happ Hands” or "Gorilla Hands"

2. Are you able to reach all of the main input buttons with ease?
A - Yes

3. Are you able to reach the rear two bumpers with ease?
A - Yes

4. Are you able to reach the Start/Select/Turbo buttons with ease?
B - With some effort

5. How do you feel about the weight of the controller?
B - It’s just fine/ I don’t notice

6. Do you find the grips on the side of the controller useful?
** B -*** I haven’t really noticed them*

**7. **Do you find the grips on the back of the controller useful?
B - I haven’t really noticed them

8. How do you feel about the responsiveness of the D-Pad?
**C - ***It’s functional *

** 9. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the main input buttons?
**B - **Responsive

**10. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the main input buttons?
See Above, as you asked this question twice.

**11. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the Start/Select/ Turbo Buttons?
**C - **It’s functional

**12. **How do you feel about the length of the USB cable?
B - It’s just the right length

**13. **What main aspect of the controller do you not like? (Open question!)
I don’t like game pads for Fighting and Arcade games.
As I don’t get the controller for it’s intended purpose, but the parts inside.

**14. **What main aspect of the controller do you like? (Also an open question!)
The PCB is very useful for stick modding, I buy the pad for the PCB inside.


#3

This. A million times this.

However, for your research, I’ll say a few things:

[LIST=1]
[*]How comfortable to you find the controller to hold?
[/LIST]
**B-**Comfortable
2. Are you able to reach all of the main input buttons with ease?
A - Yes (However, I still don’t find them convenient enough for Throws, focus attacks, etc. Better than a standard pad, though)

3. Are you able to reach the rear two bumpers with ease?
A - Yes

4. Are you able to reach the Start/Select/Turbo buttons with ease?
B - *With some effort *(Though, I think they should be as such. Accessible, but out-of-the-way)

5. How do you feel about the weight of the controller?
A - It’s too light and C - It’s too light

6. Do you find the grips on the side of the controller useful?
C - No

**7. **Do you find the grips on the back of the controller useful?
C - No

8. How do you feel about the responsiveness of the D-Pad?
**C - ***It’s functional *(I’d rate it a little higher than functional, though)

**9. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the main input buttons?
**B - **Responsive (But a bit mushy)

**10. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the main input buttons?
**B - **Responsive (But a bit mushy)

**11. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the Start/Select/ Turbo Buttons?
**C - ***It’s functional *

**12. **How do you feel about the length of the USB cable?
A - It’s not long enough (Doesn’t apply to PS3, they’re wireless. But I do use the USB cables for RJ45 MC Cthulhu cords, could be a bit longer for that purpose. For use as a controller, the USB length is fine)

**13. **What main aspect of the controller do you not like? (Open question!)
Feels a little bit lower in quality and stiffer than the classic pad feel it’s trying to emulate. I just built my own Saturn converter with FGWidget.

**14. **What main aspect of the controller do you like? (Also an open question!)
Perfect PCB for modding and building sticks. Good USB cord (Using 28/28 AWG wires, a lot of USB cables are 24/28, and can’t be used for RJ45 mods), though the cord would be nice if it was closer to a full 5 meters.

Better button layout than a regular controller for fighting games. Much better d-pad than the 360 stock pad, but I prefer the DualShock’s D-pad to it. Better for carrying around over a stick, but it’s not like it can be outright substituted for a stick if you play stick.


#4

Sad thing is I think at least on this forum, people used the pad for the PCB inside rather than its intended purpose.
which isn’t helping for your research.

Also there isn’t many people who replied yet. (BUMP).

I hope you have this survey on some other forums as well. Wider search area and such.


#5

only problem i felt with it in most cases is the D-Pad. It’s functional, but could use some work.


#6

Cheers for the help guys!
I’ve posted the questionnaire on a few other forums, so I think I’ve pretty much enough data :slight_smile:


#7

[LIST=1]
[*]How comfortable to you find the controller to hold?
[/LIST]
**A-**Extremely comfortable **B-**Comfortable **C-**Indifferent **D-**Uncomfortable **E-**Extremely Uncomfortable

2. Are you able to reach all of the main input buttons with ease?
A - Yes

3. Are you able to reach the rear two bumpers with ease?
A - Yes

4. Are you able to reach the Start/Select/Turbo buttons with ease?
A -* Yes*

5. How do you feel about the weight of the controller?
B - It’s just fine

6. Do you find the grips on the side of the controller useful?
A - Yes** **

**7. **Do you find the grips on the back of the controller useful?
A - Yes

8. How do you feel about the responsiveness of the D-Pad?
**B - **Responsive

**9. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the main input buttons?
**B - **Responsive

**10. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the main input buttons?
**B - **Responsive

**11. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the Start/Select/ Turbo Buttons?
**B - **Responsive

**12. **How do you feel about the length of the USB cable?
What USB cable? (has the wireless version)
**13. **What main aspect of the controller do you not like? (Open question!)
The fact that the dpad could be better. If you’re modeling a controller after the much vaunted Sega Saturn pad, then please be sure that the dpad is up to standard.

The flimsyness.

**14. **What main aspect of the controller do you like? (Also an open question!)
The fact that it’s modeled after the Sega Saturn pad. Despite occasional issues with the dpad, it’s an all around decent pad.

P.S. Question 5 has two choices with the same answer.
Question 9 and 10 are asking the same thing.


#8

Haha. Out of all the Mad Catz 360 pads I’ve owned, I’ve never once connected one to a console to play with. They’ve all been unpackaged, opened up, and the shell/buttons trashed. We just love you for your PCB.


#9

**1. **How comfortable to you find the controller to hold?
**B-**Comfortable

2. Are you able to reach all of the main input buttons with ease?
A - Yes

3. Are you able to reach the rear two bumpers with ease?
A - Yes

4. Are you able to reach the Start/Select/Turbo buttons with ease?
B - With some effort

5. How do you feel about the weight of the controller?
B - It’s just fine

6. Do you find the grips on the side of the controller useful?
B -* I haven’t really noticed them*

**7. **Do you find the grips on the back of the controller useful?
B - I haven’t really noticed them

8. How do you feel about the responsiveness of the D-Pad?
**B - **Responsive

**9. & 10. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the main input buttons?
**A - **Extremely responsive

**11. **How do you feel about the responsiveness of the Start/Select/ Turbo Buttons?
**A - **Extremely responsive

**12. **How do you feel about the length of the USB cable?
B - It’s just the right length

**13. **What main aspect of the controller do you not like? (Open question!)
The controller needs some improvement like quality wise and dpad especially. I sometimes have problems with the diagonals direction. The start and select buttons are a bit small.

**14. **What main aspect of the controller do you like? (Also an open question!)
The controller and button layout is modeled after the Saturn controller. Good alternative controller to use especially for the 360.