I'd like to start a new topic about ready-made arcade controllers
here that are currently still available.
I'm building my own arcade controller at the moment and I already
have a Hanoho Hot Rod (which apparently went out of production
or bankrupt and is no longer available). All the same, as a backup
and spare, I am looking to buy another ready-made arcade controller
and I would like to pool information on this topic here.
This time I'd like a 2 player unit with two 8-way joysticks, a trackball,
and if possible, a spinner and one or two dedicated 4-way joysticks.
I want the trackball, the spinner and the 4-way joystick (if there is only
one) to be easily accessible by both players, so you don't have to
change seats when 2 people play after each other. – Or, if playing alone,
arranged in such a manner, that you can use the trackball, the spinner
and the 4-way joystick with either your left or right hand, and access
plenty of push-buttons with your other hand.
It seems there are quite a few new vendors, products and manufacturers
of ready-made arcade controllers popping up, while others disappear.
Some offer completely standardized arcade controllers, some very
inexpensive, such as X-Arcade, and some let you design and customize
what they will build for you.
I'd like to ask everyone to share their experiences with products and
vendors of ready-made arcade controllers which are currently still
available and in business as of posting. What are people's experiences
with ready-made arcade controllers or custom-built and sold controllers
by the various producers and companies of today?
I have searched the internet and so far have found the following products
and vendors which I am considering and which offer an interesting product.
I would really appreciate any experiences or thoughts and knowledge
about them and their producers or vendors:
- The "Tankstick" from X-Arcade (www.xgaming.com
- The "CO2" controller from DreamAuthentics (www.dreamauthentics.com
- The custom build controllers from MonsterArcade (www.monsterarcades.com
- The ready-made but customizable controllers from WestControls (www.westcontrols.com
- The ready-made controllers from RecRoomMasters (www.recroommasters.com
- The ready-made but customizable controllers from North Coast Arcades www.northcoastarcades.com
Has anyone ordered a ready-made arcade controller in the last few
years and what are their experiences?
Is the quality of X-Arcade really so bad? What about the others?