2nd Stage Creations Aquarius Review

ReleaseSeptember 6, 2021
CompatibilityPS5 / PS4 / PS3 / PSC / XSX / XB1 / X360 / NS / WU / PC
Dimensions*12.5″ x 9″ x 2″
*Size may vary.


This handmade piece is made to order from oak or purpleheart, and you can ask 2nd Stage Creations special requests. The Sanwa buttons are state-of-the-art and work well. In any case, if you feel that the buttons are slightly smaller than your preference, you can let Marcus from 2nd Stage Creations know, preferably beforehand.

The secondary buttons are heavier to press, well, at least if you request them to be placed on the top panel, and they are heavier probably to avoid accidental presses, but one thing we definitely recommend is that you make sure there is enough wrist space on your build because there might be little of it by default.

As for the weight of the controller, it is impressive how moderately weighted it is if not slightly light, given the quality material it is made of as well as its size. Even the braided and detachable USB 3.0 type A-to-A cable is solid, thanks to the rubber cover on it as well that prevents the entry of unwanted debris.


The hitbox style has 16-17 buttons, which include four buttons for D-pad inputs and four secondary buttons: start, select, L3, and R3 in addition to the nine standard face buttons. The console controllers come with a 17th button that serves as a PS/home button.

Again, 2nd Stage Creations invites you to specify if you prefer the secondary buttons being placed on top near the cable or on the face panel above the main buttons. In fact, you can choose the entire button layout!


The wood looks even better in person. It can be oak or purpleheart.

Regarding the button options:

  • 24 mm black
  • 24 mm white
  • 30 mm black
  • 30 mm white


Highly customizable and made of beautiful wood, you can win Evo with this Sanwa controller if you wish!

  • Beautiful wood
  • Highly customizable
  • Sanwa buttons
  • Weighted secondary buttons
  • Moderate unit weight
  • Default wrist space



See Also

Haute42 T16

Haute42 T16