When I first got the game I tried my xbox 360 pad, and while I eventually figured out how to pull off most moves with it, it’s just too inaccurate for me to get serious about learning the game on. I decided to try my keyboard because pretty much every input for this game is digital in nature vs an analog xbox 360 pad. Plus I’ve been a FPS gamer for years, so using wasd is very natural, much more than any analog stick or d-pad. I can even pull off most directional inputs incredibly consistently which is great.
Here is what I’m worried about. One of the appealing advantage for this game is social gaming with the local SFIV scene, but I know the market for this game is largely console based. Can you even use keyboards as an input for xbox 360 or PS3? I use a Razor BlackWidow, which is a nice mechanical keyboard. If not is there any mods or converters that can be used to make it work? As long as it works I don’t mind being the crazy guy with a keyboard ^^.
The alternative is dropping $150 on a arcade stick. If I’m spending money, I want something I don’t half enjoy. I don’t really have a big problem with buying a good arcade stick, but it’s a huge upfront investment for a game and it would always be nice to avoid or delay that choice to when I’m committed to playing the game seriously.