I've always had this image with fighting games that unless I dropped a couple of hundred dollars -- minimum -- on a fighting stick, I'd always be struggling to obtain the level of precision necessary to even think about improving on a decent scale. It's rubbish, of course, although watching EVO year on year provided plenty of anecdotal proof that there were more competitive players with fighting sticks than those on gamepads.

But according to Capcom's director of esports and brand marketing, fighting sticks won't be necessary in Street Fighter 5.