|January 22, 2015
|PS5 / PS4 / PS3 / PC
|17.0” x 9.4” x 4.5”
- Pro players provided feedback to reduce input delay, increase accuracy, and extend durability.
- The new buttons have a special matte finish, rounded edges, and slimmer profile.
- The space between the joystick and buttons has rather increased.
- The turbo function is present.
The buttons of the Real Arcade Pro. 4 Kai are indeed improved. They are firm, but not too firm to the point of not being responsive. In fact, the activation distance is quite short. The sound is not loud, but not near silent. There is a balance. Finessing one’s way with the arcade stick during the heat of battle is quite comfortable as the large surface area allows for easy hand movement. In other words, the buttons and joystick do not take up too much real estate.
This is a wide arcade stick with convenient grips on the sides. The weight is rather average, making the unit comfortable to place either on a table or on a lap. Half of the base is comprised of helpful rubber pads. Although the USB compartment is spacious, the hinges tend to break easily, something Hori has not yet addressed with this unit. When it comes to modification, a screwdriver is needed to open the bottom panel. Luckily, once inside, the connectors come off quite easily.
There is not much going on in the aesthetics department of this arcade stick. On the bright side, minimalists might love this one although it is not as minimalist as other Hori arcade sticks. Changing the artwork, which art fanatics will likely do, might result in residue due to the artwork being glued on, so diligence and some covering up are both needed. If this is something you are interested in doing, you may be interested in our custom artwork service.
Our Carlos Rios drew custom artwork for this model before and can do the same for yours:
This fightstick performs well and feels good, but some hardware shortcomings might deter some from purchasing it.
- Quite the performance
- Good feeling weight
- Hardware has faults
- Rather plain look