Fighting games can be played by anyone, but those that are serious about their fighting games take things to an different level. If you are ready to take it to a different level, eightarc has just the item, premium fighting joysticks.
They were nice enough to send me two of their sticks for comparison, the PS3 Ebony and the 360 Onyx.
The first thing that everyone asked me in the office when the boxes arrived was, what was in them? When I told them joysticks, they didn't believe me, until I took them out. Yes the joysticks are big. They are supposed to replicate an arcade machine set-up. When serious and professional fighting game players play they want that feeling of pure control that a game pad does not convey. The PS3 Ebony is 16"x10"x2.5" and the 360 Onyx is a little smaller at 15.5"x10"x2.5". About average size for most fighting joysticks.
The PS3 Ebony has a hardy plastic case with a textured matte finish, a balltop joystick, eight large buttons (the four Sony symbol buttons and the four shoulder buttons), and four mini buttons (Home, Turbo, Select, and Start). The 360 Onyx has sturdy wood case with a smooth piano finish, a balltop joystick, eight large buttons (A, B, X, Y, and the four shoulder buttons) and three side buttons flush mounted (Select, Home, and Start). Of the two finishes I liked the 360 Onyx's piano finish over the textured matte finish.
Both joysticks have four rubber feet and a felt covered bottom. The 360 Onyx has a removable 10' USB cord and the PS3 Ebony has 8' 2" USB cord that can be stored in a side compartment on the base.
Now I am a button masher when it comes to fighting games, I just never put in the time to learn the moves and combos. That said I do have a couple favorite fighter games I like to play once in a while. To give these premium joysticks a proper workout I invited a couple friends of mine that are very serious about their fighting games. They have their own joysticks that they brought to compare.
The first thing they asked was if the joysticks were dual-modded (useable on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360). Strictly speaking no, but the PS3 Ebony can be used on the PC. My friends put in Ultimate Marvel vs. CAPCOM 3 on the Xbox 360 and started up. They both liked the action of the joysticks and buttons. One of them pointed out that he really liked the felt covering the bottom. His own joystick has a bare metal bottomwhich slides around in his lap. The felt covering the eightarc bottoms kept the joystick from sliding. This meant less repositioning.
Both of my friends really liked the joysticks overall and felt that they were better than the joysticks they owned. The only drawback they cited was that the single system versions of Ebony and Onyx were not dual-modded. eightarc does offer dual-modded versions on their web site. They both felt that the Ebony and Onyx would be perfect for me step up my skills in fighting games.
After playing some fighting games on my own with both joysticks I can see why they are preferred. The arcade layout feels like I have better control of my fighter. Especially with moving the joystick in specific directions, much nicer and more precise than a thumbstick.
With beautiful construction and great response I highly recommend the eightarc PS3 Ebony and 360 Onyx premium joysticks.
For more information see eightarc's web site.