Fightboard

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Have you ever been frustrated with fightsticks? Do you want something to use on your desk that isn’t a massive box you have to put away somewhere when you’re not using it? Do you prefer the natural spacing of a keyboard over the finger-stretching traditional arcade buttons? Maybe you want something that you can easily use on-the-go. The Fightboard aims to solve all of those problems.

Features

Ergonomic layout

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The Fightboard uses a combination of an arrow/wasd cluster at a 15% angle and action buttons following the traditional arcade stick layout but with the spacing of keyboard keys.

Kailh Choc switches

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Why low-profile switches? One of my main design goals for this controller was to make it as slim as possible to improve ergonomics and portability. These low-profile switches have 3mm of travel compared to the 4mm of Cherry MX switches, with an actuation point 1mm higher as well. They also help the Fightboard come in at only 22mm thick, as the lower half of the switch is also much shorter.

Hot-swap sockets

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Unhappy with your switch coice? Want different zones with different types of switches? All you have to do is pull them out and swap them with whatever you prefer, no soldering required.

RGB LEDs

The RGB LEDs indicate the function of each button. The default profile uses Xbox colors for the 4 face buttons, but these can be changed to suit your preferences or the colors used in-game. The LED for each key turns off when the key is pressed and fades back on when released.

Idle mode

The LEDs will turn off after a minute of inactivity. Pressing any button will turn them back on.

Easy remapping

Settings are all built into the keypad and allow you to remap keys on-the-fly.

SOCD cleaning

Left+Right will cancel each other out and Up+Down will function as Up.

Firmware

As of 7/6/21, a newer version of the Fightboard was released, which will be referred to in this section as the Fightboard V2. Since the V2 was released after firmware version 1.4, that is the earliest firmware version available (though I don’t recommend you use earlier firmware versions anwyay.) Read the readme in the zip for installation instructions.

Version Fightboard V1 Fightboard V2
1.0 Link
1.1 Link
1.2 Link
1.3 Link
1.4 Link Link

There is also an alternative firmware written by Jason Skuby/FeralAI that brings native compatiblity with the Nintendo switch, but is missing features like remapping and custom LED colors. Since the V2 uses different LEDs, I’ve made a fork of the code specific to the V2, but any feature requests or bug reports should be made to the original author’s github.

Version Fightboard V1 Fightboard V2
0.1 Link Link

Compatibility

The Fightboard is only compatible with PC out of the box, but can be made compatible with the adapters listed below (and the Switch with the firmware above.)

System Compatible Link
PC Yes No adapter needed
Switch Yes See above for alternative firmware or Amazon (Brook) / Amazon (Mayflash)
Xbox One Yes Amazon
PS4 Yes Amazon
Xbox 360 No Not compatible