|Platforms||XSX / XB1 / X360 / PS4 / PS3 / PC|
|Size||20.0” x 10.0” x 6.0”|
Some who switch from a regular controller to an arcade stick may do it for the buttons and not necessarily the joystick. Thus, it would be nice if there were arcade buttons with a directional pad instead of a joystick. Luckily, ThumbPro Arcade has come up with an innovative solution that is now in its beta version.
The premise of the ThumbPro Arcade is quite simple. On the right is a case with eight Sanwa buttons, and on the left is a handle with a directional pad. Four other Sanwa buttons can be found in the back, and two more Sanwa buttons can be found on the side. The handle is both adjustable and lockable by moving it to your liking and then locking it using your fingers to tighten the big nut and vice versa. Quite conveniently, there is a panel under the entire product to place it on your lap if you prefer playing that way. Under the panel are slip resistant pads.
As for the hardware, the ThumbPro Arcade is powered by a PS4/PS3 brick board, and the USB is type A. When it comes to aesthetics, they are not the ThumbPro Arcade’s best aspect as it looks boxy and bland, and the handle’s paint looks like the type of cheap paint that will come off quickly. The paint probably feels bad to the touch as well. Even the brand name’s font is questionable and oversized. However, a video of a recent build shows improvement, with rounded edges, smoother handle paint, no large text, and flashy Devil May Cry artwork. Either way, the buyer will be able to choose between a cheaper non-plexiglass version and a fancier acrylic version. As this is a beta version, there is always room for improvement before we can lay our hands on the final product.