Best Arcade Fight Sticks of 2022

Fighting games can be played using a variety of inputs, but many people prefer the use of an arcade fight stick. These handy gamepads are the traditional means of controlling a character on-screen and beating the living daylights out of opponents. Despite the rise in handheld controllers, they remain one of the best ways to kick virtual butt.


Razer Atrox

Razer Mods

The Atrox is not cheap, but it offers some enticing features. Razer used Sanwa components for enhanced durability and precision — ideal for combat.


Mayflash F500

Value Stick

The Mayflash F500 does it all. It's not only compatible with PCs but also consoles including the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 — and even an Android smartphone!


Mad Catz Alpha

Budget Fighter

The Alpha by Mad Catz is a budget-friendly stick for those who wish to enjoy arcade games without spending much. Just don't expect anything fancy.


Mad Catz TE2+

Premium Stick

The TE2+ by Mad Catz is one of the company's premium fight stick gamepads. It supports PlayStation out-the-box, but drivers are available for Windows 10.

Game on!

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Arcade fighting sticks are often the key to winning in serious competitive fighting game scenes, so getting one might be in your best interest. If we were to recommend a single option, it would be the Razer Atrox, thanks to its high-quality components and mod support.

Should you wish to save a little, the Alpha from Mad Catz is a excellent budget-friendly fight stick, don't expect to enjoy a premium-feeling experience when beating your enemies down.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.