Hori, a leader in arcade stick controllers for home use, have announced a special Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown branded fightstick set to be released later this year in all major regions the game itself will be available in. The button layout is similar to SEGA’s own Lindbergh Universal Cabinet, but is designed after the Real Arcade Pro V3 SA. The accessory features options to change which analog stick or digital pad the stick emulates, as well as special turbo functions that allow the user to configure the speed of how rapid the game will register commands. Developed with high quality Sanwa Denshi parts and constructed as a wide product with a solid base for insured stability, this collector’s item has no confirmed price point outside of the Japanese price of ¥ 13,800 (roughly $170 USD).
Confusingly, the arcade fightstick is only set to be available on the PlayStation 3 console, ignoring the Xbox 360 version completely. We have contacted Hori and SEGA on this and will update if anything has changed.
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, the latest release in the Virtua Fighter franchise will be available for download sometime this summer on Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3. Pricing of the downloadable game has not been discussed as of yet.
[Source: Hori Store]