IGN BLOG: More Limited Edition Info On Art Book & Fighting Stick!

The TEKKEN 6 IGN Blog has been updated! Series producer Katsuhiro Harada shares his thoughts on two compelling pieces included in the Limited Edition of TEKKEN 6!  Click below to see more information on both the TEKKEN art book and the wireless Fighting Stick!

Most of the IGN TEKKEN Blog focused on the wireless fighting stick, but there were some new images from the artbook as well.  Here is what Harada had to say about the bundled arcade stick!

Many hardcore fighting game fans already own several sticks, and there are so many on the market with similar features, you may feel you don’t need another. Many people play current generation hardware with wireless controllers and don’t notice any problems with response time. The cord on a fighting stick is comparably quite a hassle; especially in recent years, since TVs have gotten larger, putting players further away from the screen.

The Tekken team determined that players should have a reliable fighting stick without cords, different from others on the market, which could be used with all of their favorite games.

We consulted with HORI about the stick and things really took-off from our first meeting, and we decided to move forward with development.

Our arcade stick and button specifications were given to HORI, along with the lever/button layout, stick height and other information so they could match it. We were also determined to make the wrist rest portion of the stick as comfortable as possible based on experience with other sticks.

When making the decision to create a wireless stick, we wanted to ensure signal delay would never be a problem. We had several hardcore players play numerous fighting games with both wired and wireless sticks, and none could tell a difference. Success! Check out the stick specs for the PS3 and Xbox 360 version:

PS3 Wireless Stick Spec
• The first wireless PS3 arcade stick on the market
• 8 button layout / Arcade style joystick and buttons
• Integrated 2.4 GHz high-performance wireless technology for seamless game play
• Licensed Tekken 6 artwork used on the plate design.
• Transmission Range: Up to 32 feet
• Battery life: Up to 40 hours on two AA batteries
• Weight: Less than 2 ½ pounds
• Maximum number of sticks: 7 (when using USB Hub)

X360 Wireless Stick Spec
• The first wireless Xbox360 arcade stick on the market
• 8 button layout / Arcade style joystick and buttons
• Integrated 2.4 GHz high-performance wireless technology for game play
• Licensed Tekken 6 artwork used on the plate design.
• Integrated headset port allowing chat via Xbox LIVE
• Transmission Range: Up to 32 feet
• Battery life: Up to 40 hours
• Weight: Less than 2 ½ pounds
• Maximum number of sticks: 4

Pretty interesting info, right? The convenience of a wireless stick will be noticeable immediately whether you’re sitting far from your TV or when passing the stick around with friends. This wireless stick is exactly what we hoped to create and we are sure players will be happy with the results.

Stay tuned to SDTEKKEN for news and info regarding the wireless arcade sticks in the near future!

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31 thoughts on “IGN BLOG: More Limited Edition Info On Art Book & Fighting Stick!

  1. Here’s my two cents on the sticks:

    The wireless arcade stick is very good. If you’re looking for a tournament level arcade stick or something using high end Sanwa components, this stick might not be for you.

    But if you want something that plays solid and has the convenience of wireless, then this is definitely the stick you want to get. I have over 120 arcade sticks in my collection, and I will definitely be using this on my X360/PS3 when training at home/in practice mode due to the convenience of sitting on my couch and relaxing rather than propping up my TE stick on my table/on the floor.

    The stick itself is compact and comfortable enough to play with on your lap or on a table. Wireless signals have come a long way and if you’re worried about lag/latency, you shouldn’t be.

    The battery life per set of AA batteries on these sticks is very long, it’s not like the Li-Ion battery on the Dual Shock 3/SIXAXIS controllers where you get less than 20 hours out of your gaming sessions.

  2. AA huh? Cool I was thinking it may be D batteries. I’m not a stick player, but I wouldn’t mind having this. I really want that art book. I’ve been waiting for info on this stick and I like what I read. If I have the cash for it I may just pick this up.

  3. WHAT! no rechargable lithium battery! sucks big time, now to shell 20 bux on a recharage station. ah well it wont get much use since i got a HRAP3 with sanwa parts and a tourney stick.

    1. Did you expect a more expensive Lithium Ion solution that has less battery life and will die out eventually?

      I’m glad the TEKKEN team/Hori went with AA. Get some rechargeable batteries.

      1. i got 1 to many rechargeables already..

        i guess im all set for the sticks ^.^

        all i gota do now is wait… as patiently as i can

  4. Dude this aint bad at all. Sounds like they at leaste did their homework and the stick sounds good enough to me. Im glad I got bundle now.

    You guys, go to walgreens buy a charger that comes with 2 rechargable batteries for $10. Quality too. Solved my 360 controller issues lol.

    As long as the buttons aren’t soldered into the PCB like T5 stick, I will have no complaints. Future customizations are always an option.

  5. Any idea why they went with a RF dongle than Bluetooth? Is not like Sony owns the rights to Bluetooth…….Unless there’s some politics I don’t know about regarding Bluetooth controllers on the PS3. Because other 3rd parties go with the RF route over Bluetooth as well. I always wonder why. Your in the 3rd party business of accessories, MarkMan. What’s the deal fam?

    1. It needs to use the Sony first party vendor ID/product ID to take advantage of Bluetooth (something that Sony has locked down). Otherwise every third party company would be using it. So it would have to be licensed by Sony and said licensee would have to pay royalties not just for the license, but for use of technology. Probably putting the product reality out of reach.

      So I guess…. we can blame Sony!

      If I could make an option wireless/USB cable+bluetooth arcade stick/controller for PS3, I would do so in a heartbeat.

      Luckily there are ways to mod your existing arcade sticks to use the Sony PS3 first party BT/battery option. People have chronicled this on SRK’s tech talk forum and other sites online. So if you really want to make it happen, you can.

  6. I’M NOT REALLY A STICK USER. THE LAST STICK I PURCHASED WAS YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS IN THE NAVY AND I THNK THAT WAS CALLED SHADOW BLADE. I ORDERED IT WHEN I WAS OUT TO SEA. ANYWAYS, I WANTED TO KNOW, MARK IF U THINK THAT ITS EASIER TO WAVE AND BACK DASH WITH I STICK

    1. Well to have the option to recharge your batteries through USB doesn’t sound feasible because those batteries need an external charger. It’s not hooking up straight to the controller.

      I’m a bit more interested in what buttons and sticks they are using. If it is anything related to Sanwa or Seimitsu. I understand it’s not going to be the Quality of the SF4 TE stick, but I’m still curious :)

      This would be a buy for me, just because it’s wireless and that’s $150 for a stick, game, and artbook. All of which is a great deal to me.

      Thanks for the great info SDTekken Staff. Keep up the great work/

  7. How’s the inside of the stick? Quick disconnects? Would it be hard to get sanwa buttons in there?

    Is the joystick hori or sanwa?

    ty!

  8. Every time I come to sdtekken.com there is another fascinating post up to read. A friend of mine was talking to me about this topic several weeks ago, so I think I’ll send my friend the link here and see what they say.

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