Hori Fighting Stick α Guilty Gear Strive Review

Hori Guilty Gear -Strive- Fighting Stick α
BrandHori
PriceAmazon
ReleaseAugust 7, 2021
CompatibilityPS5 / PS4 / PC
Dimensions16.1” x 11.8” x 4.7”
Cable3 m
Weight5.95 lbs

Introduction

On February 27, 2021, Hori released a fightstick for the Xbox Series X. It was inevitable that it would also show the PlayStation 5 some love. With Guilty Gear Strive being an PS5 exclusive, a Guilty Gear Strive fightstick was appropriately announced.

The price seems to be slightly but noticeably higher than the original unit. Maybe the appeal is that the artwork is customized for Guilty Gear, and the unit is compatible with the more popular console of the generation, the PS5. Otherwise, it seems that the features are completely identical to the original, the Hori Fighting Stick α.

Unboxing

The box is huge. It also has a handle and is easily sealable. There are two cushions inside the box that hold the fightstick. The fightstick itself is in a stylish yet disposable bag. There is also a quick start guide. Within the interior of the fightstick, you can find the cable.

Performance

Hori brought back the same level of quality that we are used to. The Hayabusa joystick and buttons live up to their reputation in the industry. You can also find a share button, profile button, key lock mode, and more. A companion app enables the usage of a profile button to switch between four custom profiles. For convenience sake, audio and microphone controls are on the board itself. Furthermore, there are long rubber pads on both sides.

Hardware

This fightstick is lighter than the average fightstick, but it feels durable and well built because of the metallic top plate. Otherwise, plastic probably comprises 98% of the fightstick. At the bottom, there is a handle.

The Hayabusa parts can easily be swapped, and opening the fightstick using the latch in the back is a smooth process, but the interior is not that spacious. That is probably because Hori tried to make the fightstick as thin as possible while still keeping the button wires in consideration.

The cable is plugged inside to be passed through a gap and connected to a PlayStation or PC. Although the cable fits well, a detachable cable would have been nice to avoid storing it almost on top of other wires.

Appearance

While the plastic is quality, the matte finish results in an off-putting appearance. Plastic dominates the fightstick, cheapening the look. However, the artwork is completely new, with prominent Guilty Gear artwork, characters, and text. The art is swappable by removing eight screws, the joystick, and buttons. The screws are smaller than average, but they are clearly labeled. If you do not cross thread, the screws should outlast many swaps. They have blue Loctite on them.

Conclusion

This is a decent entry point into the PS5 generation. While not flawless, it packs innovative features that should get you into the new generation’s groove. The concern about plastic strikes again, though, since plastic is known to be relatively cheap. It is quite odd that this fightstick is very innovative but lacks basic material optimization.

Pros

  • Good parts
  • Profile switching
  • Earphone jack
  • Rubber pads
  • Solid construction
  • Useful handle
  • Easy replacements
  • Accessible interior
  • Rather thin
  • Interesting art
  • Resilient screws

Cons

  • Cramped interior
  • Nondetachable cable
  • Underwhelming finish
  • Slightly overpriced

Rating

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