|Release||September 20, 2016|
|Platforms||PS4 / PS3 / XB1 / X360 / NS / PC / Android / Neogeo Mini|
|Size||14.2” x 9.1” x 4.7”|
The acrylic panel facilitates customization.
The Universal Arcade Stick F500 V2 is bigger than its predecessor, which means more space for comfort. The metallic cover and base increase the weight and overall security. However, the subpar buttons feel a little bit clunky and sound loud. They still operate better than the ones from the predecessor though.
Quite surprisingly, an octagonal gate is provided as a stock accessory, and replacing the gates is relatively simple. The same applies to the buttons due to the easy-to-see screws at the bottom. An improvement over the predecessor is that there is finally a headphone jack. However, a native controller is still needed to connect the arcade stick when playing on console.
There is a little bit more nuance to the design this time around, but the new addition seems to be an afterthought. Specifically, it was intended for the artwork to make it seem like the surface has cracked towards the joystick, perhaps trying to look “battle worn”. However, it just does not go with the simplistic design that the overall artwork portrays. Fortunately, the acrylic panel is easily removable should one add new artwork.
The Amazon price is good given the fact that this is an average fightstick with a below-than-average price. What would have been truly impressive, however, is if this fightstick was actually excellent but for this same price. That is why you need to consider the Elite version.