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How to make a Mad Catz Arcade Fightstick for Xbox 360 work on PC

Even though the Mad Catz Arcade Fightstick for Xbox 360 is made to work on the Xbox 360, if you follow these simple steps you will be able to use it on your PC in no time.
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I sold my Xbox 360 a while ago but wanted to play a fighting game (thanks, EVO) so with Street Fighter 5 right around the corner and Ultra Street Fighter IV so cheap on Steam I bought them both, but I still needed a good way to play them. I could have bought a Xbox 360 controller and been satisfied with that, but I wanted something better so I went with the only arcade fightstick that wasn’t sold out (thanks again, EVO): the Mad Catz Arcade Fightstick Tournament Edition S+.

I quickly set it up on my computer running Windows 8, but getting it to work wasn’t as easy as plug-and-play. After searching a few websites and forums I called their technical support and together we worked through the problem. To help anyone who wants to avoid the lengthy search and the hold time, here are the quick and easy steps to make sure your experience goes smoother than mine when setting up your Mad Catz Arcade Fightstick (I’m sure it will work on any 360 fightstick).

  1. Download the “Xbox 360 Controller for Windows” drivers from Microsoft’s website and install them.
  2. Plug the Mad Catz or other Fightstick into an USB 2.0 port. Mine did not register through a USB 3.0 port, but yours may be different. Try both of them if need be.
  3. Let the computer recognize the device and connect the drivers.

If your controller still doesn’t work (like mine), make sure it’s being recognized by your system by going into your “Devices and Printers” menu under “Control Panel” and you should see the Mad Catz listed as a controller. If not, try a different USB port until it does recognize your controller. If it still doesn’t recognize your controller, try a different computer or an Xbox 360 to make sure the controller works. If it still isn’t being recognized stop, pour yourself a drink to calm your nerves and call the customer support hotline for your fightstick. I can’t help you.

If it does find it, check the driver properties. If a pop up states the drivers are up to date, you should be good to go. Test out the fightstick. If it states there are none or its acting funky, follow these directions to manually connect the Windows drivers you downloaded to your controller:

  1. In the Mad Catz (or whatever your stick is called) controller properties (Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers > “Your Stick”) under the “Hardware” heading click on the “Properties” button.
  2. Under the “General” heading click on the “Change settings” button.
  3. Under the “Driver” heading click on the “Update Driver…” button.
  4. Click on the “Browse my computer for driver software” button.
  5. Click on the “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer” button.
  6. In the list that is shown, choose the newer (check the date) “Windows Controller for Windows” driver.

Now your controller should be fully functioning. Open up a fighting game and double check.

Have fun!

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