It seems as if one of Street Fighter V’s most requested features is the ability to use older arcade sticks in the PlayStation 4 release, but the developers have been rather quiet on the subject since first mentioning the possibility of using Lab Zero Games’ driver last year.
Back in December, Shoryuken reached out to associate producer Peter “Combofiend” Rosas to see if any notable progress had been made. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to provide any updates, stating that they were still evaluating the driver for use in Street Fighter V. This sentiment was mirrored by producer Yoshinori Ono in a recent interview.
“The current situation of working within Sony’s SDK and APIs is that we’re looking into it and how we can get sticks working across consoles…maybe not necessarily within the framework of those official APIs,” Ono told Red Bull. “We do hear fan feedback that they want to be able to use their existing sticks on PlayStation 4 and, while I can’t really say anything for sure at the moment, it’s something that people can definitely watch this space for in terms of future announcements as and when we’re able to reach potential solutions as a company.”
Capcom utilized Lab Zero’s driver, which allows for the use of legacy controllers on PlayStation 4, in the console’s Ultra Street Fighter IV rerelease.
Implementing this useful piece of code could remove one more barrier to entry for numerous community members. As fighting games make the move to the current generation of consoles, prices for simply playing have begun to rise, and eliminating the need for a brand new arcade stick would go a long way in securing future success.
Street Fighter V is set to launch for PlayStation 4 and PC on February 16.
Source: Red Bull