801 Workshop Fighting Board Review

801 Workshop Fighting Board
ReleaseOctober 8, 2022
CompatibilityPS5 / PS4 / PS3 / PSC / XSX / XB1 / X360 / NS / WU / PC
Dimensions8.3″ x 4.7″ x 0.6″
Weight2.2 lbs


This Hong Kong innovation, the 801 Workshop Fighting Game Controller, is a mini hitbox with Punk Workshop buttons and low profile Cherry MX Silver switches that have a 1 mm actuation distance. The hitbox initially started as a pad hack of the Hori Gaming Commander OCTA.


Punk Workshop buttons are synonymous with quality, but the distance between the buttons in this specific layout may be hit or miss for you. Namely, those who are used to closer buttons, which are the norm, will likely find this new layout unfamiliar, but the learning curve should not be too steep. In some cases, this layout might actually be better for your specific pair of hands!

Here are the secondary button functions:

  • Home
  • Share
  • Options
  • Touchpad
  • L3
  • R3

801 Workshop has an extender if you would like to enlarge your controller, which is especially useful for those with smaller hands who prefer a smaller form factor when it comes to the buttons and so on without sacrificing wrist space.


Despite being smaller and lighter, this controller is impressively sturdy. The PCB can either be by Brook or the Raspberry Pi Pico, the latter of which gives you LED functionality in PC mode.

The port is USB-C, so have a USB-C cable handy, and the firmware is the open-source GP2040 V2. The control modes include D-pad, left analog, and right analog stick. The SOCD modes are up priority and last input priority.


The blue color of the controller looks nice as it is, but if you would like to customize the look, custom artwork can go between the first and second layers. We at The Arcade Stick can offer you custom digital art through our custom artwork service.


801 Workshop’s quality control is something to be admired.

  • Punk Workshop buttons
  • Cherry MX switches
  • Customizable art
  • Extender accessory
  • Button spacing