Hori, makers of the Real Arcade Pro series of Fightsticks, embarked in a bold new direction upon deciding to develop their own joystick lever and pushbutton. Dubbed "Hayabusa", their first foray into a special brand was met with healthy skepticism, but the lever was embraced by many Sanwa and Seimitsu diehards.
Their first pushbutton, the Kuro, was a solid initial offering, and paved the way towards their current standard used in nearly all of their Fightsticks - the Hayabusa Matte pushbutton.
Matte Surface. Low Profile
One of the biggest distinctions of the Hayabusa is its use of texture. Unlike most pushbuttons, the Hayabusa sports a matte finish, along with a soft grain texture and rounded edges. This unique eye-catching appearance allows fingers to more easily travel across the entire button layout.
Another aspect of the Hayabusa that is hard to miss: it is low-profile. Similar to the Seimitsu PS-15 Pushbutton, the Hayabusa's button housing is shorter. The design effectively shortens the activation distance before switch engagement. You'll find that it doesn't take much to register an input, often critical where frame-accurate execution is needed.
Hori reviewed the best features of long respected button designs, and combined them into a stronger and more responsive unit. Additional benefits include:
- Increased durability, up to 60% less wear and tear as claimed by Hori.
- Tighter tolerance, due to reduced space between the plunger and housing/rim.
- Equal response regardless of where your fingers touch the plunger
- Softer, yet more responsive and precise due to reduced vibration when pressing down.
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Silencer is our 1mm-thick foam washer that helps to dampen the loud sounds common with tapping on the button plunger. It conforms to the internal housing of many Sanwa or Seimitsu-style 30mm pushbuttons.
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installing the Silencer foam pads into a Sanwa or Seimitsu pushbutton is straightforward. Place the washer - plastic film side down - into the button housing. Align the small tabs so that they stick out of the holes on each side of the housing.
Much like the Seimitsu PS-15 series pushbutton, you can install the Silencer in a Hayabusa button by removing the top and bottom tabs of the foam washer.
Compatibility with Fightsticks
Though Hori makes no claim to the Hayabusa's compatibility with other fightsticks, its use of .110 gold connectors and standard 30mm size ensures a likely fit with any existing fightstick or custom whose hole spacing is already designed to accomodate pushbuttons such as Sanwa OBSF or Seimitsu PS-14 series.
|24 vs 30mm
When processing orders, a frequent mistake we found among new players is choosing the wrong size for action buttons, such as punch and kick.
Within the fighting game genre, Japanese arcade buttons commonly consist of two diameter sizes: 24 millimeter and 30 milllimeter (mm). In most configurations, 30mm represents your action button. These are front facing, appearing most prominent on your Fightstick control panel. Option button, such as "Start", "Select", or more recently "Option", "Touch", or "Share" are usually 24mm.
UPDATE: Owners of Neo Geo AES Joysticks will need 24mm pushbuttons instead of 30mm (Thanks SRK's DEZALB)
Below is a visual representation of a common Fightstick control panel. Throughout this article, we will mark 24mm in green, and 30mm in Orange.
Checking the Proper Size
Another way that players can misinterpret the pushbutton size is by measuring the pushbutton plunger. Have a look at the diagram at right.
The plunger - the part that you press down to represent an input - is 25mm or a bit smaller in most 30mm pushbuttons. Often this leads to the conclusion that one needs a 24mm button and not 30mm.
Similarly measuring the button rim can lead to confusion, as it is intentionally larger than the button hole it is placed in. You don't want to use these measurements. Instead, review the button housing diameter, or the hole the button will be placed in. You can do this with a caliper - a digital caliper is often quite helpful for this and other arcade-related projects.
Control Panel Configuration
Most Fightsticks from MadCatz, Hori, Qanba, and similar will use these two sizes. How the buttons are used will depend on the model joystick that you own. Over time, we'll provide example configurations for specific popular Fightstick models and arcade cabinets using the color key for 24mm (green) and 30mm (orange). We'll also expand the key for future models if another size is introduced, and we offer for sale.