Hey guyz! Just bought the latest USB arcade stick from CD-R King, the PU701 model. Haven't had time to really try the stick out yet, but it feels quite solid so far. At 780 PHP, (around 18-19 USD) it's quite a bargain for you l337 fighting game enthusiasts out there. Let's get to the actual unboxing!
Gotta tell ya, the games referenced on the box make me laugh. The game on the actual screenshot is Street Fighter II which, as far as I know, is only playable on the PC via emulator. I'm not sure, but maybe this stick is also PS3 compatible since CD-R King's older arcade stick certainly was. The box mentions games such as Iron Fist and Fatal/Fake. I suppose Iron Fist refers to Tekken and if you're into doujin games, you're probably aware of Fatal/Fake as well. It just seems funny how CD-R King seems to actually expect casual players to use it for games like Fatal/Fake. You'd think they'd use Streetfighter IV and Blazblue as more conventional examples. Anyway, moving on...
Here's the actual joystick now. It might look smaller than it really is because you have no frame of reference at this point. The two yellow things next to it are extra buttons. It seems the stick is easily moddable so you hardcore arcade junkies can replace the default buttons with *gasp* SANWA partz!
The box said that the stick has "non-slip rubber bottoms." As you can see here, they're actually four suction cups attached directly to the bottom of the stick. They stick quite well on any smooth surface. They even got stuck by accident on the glossy cover of the PU701's own box. The stick is all black, btw. The white that you see at the center is from the camera flash.Since I mentioned that you didn't have a frame of reference for the actual size of the Arcade Stick earlier, here it is next to my older CD-R King stick and a PS2 controller in the background. As you can see, it's quite a bit larger considering that the older stick wasn't even small in the first place.
Over-all, the stick feels much more solid than my older one. You can't pull on the joystick like you could with the older CD-R King stick and the buttons feel much more responsive on the PU701. Here's a little gameplay test of the arcade stick with Streetfighter Alpha 3. I don't really use E. Honda that much, but charge characters are awesome for cheesy play :P.