Mad Catz announces new Street Fighter V products

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The release of Street Fighter V is coming soon, February 16, 2016, to be exact. Almost just as exciting as the release of a new fighting game is the announcement of the host of special editions and new peripherals that will be released. This morning Mad Catz decided to end the silence and formally announce the new line of Street Fighter V fightsticks and fight pads on its official website. Early reactions seem mostly positive. The post starts off with a walk down memory lane, explaining how Mad Catz began making products for Capcom, began sponsoring top players, and continuing to innovate with their latest products.

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Street Fighter V FightStick Tournament Edition 2+ (TE2+) and Street Fighter V FightStick Tournament Edition S+ (TE-S+)

We will be seeing two Street Fighter V Arcade Fightsticks (pictured above). They both appear to be pretty much the exact same as previous iterations of the popular fight stick except with the “+” added to them. As described by Mad Catz Mark Julio,”Why the plus? We’re adding L3 and R3 buttons, full touch panel compatibility (gesture and button press) along with a refined case for a new generation of Street Fighter. Similarly, we’re doing the same with the TE2, which will also have the additional button and touch panel functionality built in.”

Alpha-n-fightpads-blog-postIf the fightstick isn’t your style or out of your budget like me, fear not because Mad Catz has not forsaken us. Along with the announcement of the TE2+ and TE-S+, we also got a glimpse of what is in the works for fight pads and a more entry level fightstick. The beginner level fight stick is called the Fightstick Alpha. You can get the feel of arcade controls on a smaller scale in both size and presumably cost. The shape and functionality of the fight pads seem to have made the biggest change since Street Fighter IV. The shape of the controller has become more traditional and less rounded. They have also opted to add BOTH thumbstick and D-pad to the controller, which seems a little risky and less efficient use of space.

All of the above products are already available for pre-order and will be shown off in more detail at the PlayStation Experience this weekend:

Street Fighter V FightStick Tournament Edition 2+ (TE2+) 

Street Fighter V FightStick Tournament Edition S+ (TE-S+)

Street Fighter V FightPad PRO

Street Fighter V Arcade Fightstick Alpha

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