Street Fighter IV pad, disassembled

My SF 4 pad’s d-pad didn’t feel right: after a short while of going right, the character would continue going right for a fraction of a second. And to input left, I often have to consciously press left all the way, there was a confusing/irritating wiggle room.

So, I did what any curious gamer would do: disassemble the pad. Check out another photo after the jump.

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Note how the buttons have “fins” to ensure proper orientation. Indeed, I had an easy time reassembling, no uncertainties.

Visual inspection didn’t reveal any apparent fault, so I reassembled everything right away. But the operation helped somehow. Both above-mentioned problems are gone now. Only the diagonals, especially the upper two, still require harder press than the straights. So jumping still doesn’t feel perfect, but reverse dragon punch works much better now.

Yu-Chung Chen

Yu-Chung Chen is a designer working primarily on video games. He studied at Köln International School of Design and has contributed to a number of published games. Currently he works as a freelance UI designer at Keen Games.

One response to “Street Fighter IV pad, disassembled”

  1. Krystian Majewski

    Awesome, does that mean that you quit bitching when I kick your ass? ;-)


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