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Having tested the complete range of arcade joysticks, for our standard set-up we decided upon the world-renowned Happ Controls Competition joystick. This feels by far and away the most authentic – even better than you remember! We can also supply/install a range of other Happ Joysticks in a variety of colours including those with 360° rotation. For those that prefer a ball-top, Japanese-style arcade joystick we can modify any of our control panels to accommodate both Sanwa and Seimitsu joysticks. The most renowned is the classic Sanwa joystick that has featured in a variety of fighting machines and comes with a wide choice of ball-top colours. We also stock a range of special edition joysticks that add something really unique to your arcade cabinet. Our current range includes our specialist aluminium chrome joysticks in black or chrome that are a must for all true gamers out there.
Perhaps the most familiar joystick from our youth. This versatile joystick was used in most of the UK’s arcade machines and is a very trusty all-rounder which copes well with most genres of game. Perhaps the best solution if you wanted to opt for a joystick solution which plays great for your 80’s or 90’s classics, copes well with fighting games and is good on 4-way classic games (if you’re not including a 4-way solution in your setup).
This trusty solution is the fighting game professional’s joystick of choice. Extremely sensitive and is designed for quick movements. If you’re a fan of the one-on-one fighters or fast-paced shoot-em-ups then this is the joystick of choice for you. In a nutshell- great for fighters, late shooters but not the ideal solution if early 80’s games are your forte. However we do offer great alternatives which cater for both styles of game.
2-4-8 way switch
This is a new option we use if you must have your joystick of choice but at the press of a button- can restrict the inputs so no unwanted movements register. For example: if 4 way mode is active then no diagonals will register- prompting you to go the wrong way. A great solution.
4-8 way switch
This mechanically switchable joystick allows the player to easily switch the joystick between 4 and 8 way modes. Simply pull the handle up and twist to allow the restrictor underneath to toggle between the 2 modes. This is a great choice if you want to physically have a 4 or 8 way joystick which feels like the real thing. In 4 way you can only move up,down,left and right, in 8 you can move into the diagonals. Fantastic for your 80’s and 90’s classics, perfectly good for shooters however if versus fighting games are your favourites then they are a tad too stiff to excel in this regard.
Now we’re reaching the next generation of arcade joysticks. At the push of the button this modern marvel activates the joysticks’ servos to physically rotate the mechanism underneath into either 4 or 8 way modes. It feels far lighter than the manually switching joysticks and is right at home with all genres of arcade game. It feels as good as a Sanwa for fighters and feels as good as an original 4 way joystick from the early 80’s. This is definitely the most versatile stick we provide for traditional arcade gaming.
This is perhaps the most sophisticated joystick in our fleet. This is a joystick which is infinitely sensitive, allowing the user to play more modern games. While it feels similar to our alternative joystick options- it can also act as an analogue stick, similar to the thumb sticks on a more modern joypad. So imagine playing a more modern game or Out Run, with one of these at your fingertips- you will be able to turn slightly or fully, its up to you. This would be the option of choice if you wanted to experience more games with an analogue control system or if you wanted to play modern PC games via your arcade control panel. A excellent choice of stick
The best all round solution if you want straightforward trusty buttons for your arcade machine. These buttons were used for most of the classic arcade games we hold dear. If you want a control panel which feels exactly like the arcade games of your youth, then these buttons are for you.
Like the Sanwa sticks, these are for the more modern fighting games thanks to the short travel distance to press a button, but work extremely well for the older titles with no discernible disadvantages.
This is a popular solution of you want to add some wow-factor to your arcade machine. We offer a variety of colours to suit all tastes. Running modern LED technology, these lights are made to last. With a feel similar to Happ buttons, they’re a solid alternative.
These buttons are the choice of connoisseurs. Featuring a perfectly diffused RGB LED in each milky white button and a dedicated LED controller controlling each separate terminal- the sky is the limit. Have an endless cycle of colours stream through your control panel, or have a more functional layout depending on game or emulator- this is the next generation of arcade buttons.
More hop-ups than Bugs Bunny
Now you can choose to have a full trackball installed into your arcade machine control panel as on the higher-spec Evo series or have a custom made USB trackball in your choice of finish that you can plug in via the USB ports on your Media series cabinet or above – please contact us for more details.
If you so desire, have a great authentic arcade spinner installed in a convenient place on your preferred cabinet control panel – please contact us for more details.
Arcade Light Gun:
A USB light gun can be an excellent addition for our Media and Elite series arcade cabinets. Simply plug in via the USB ports, set the range panels around the screen and get ready to bust some caps on a variety of arcade shooting games!
Now you can choose to have a full trackball installed into your arcade machine control panel. It can be in a colour of your choice or enhanced with an RGB LED upgrade as part of the RGB illumination upgrade.
If you so desire, have a great authentic arcade spinner installed in a convenient place on your preferred cabinet control panel – please contact us for more details. Our spinners are friction free and we offer a variety of weights to further customise your perfect control panel.
A USB light gun can be an excellent addition for our arcade cabinets. Simply plug in via the USB ports and get ready to bust some caps embark upon a history of classic arcade games. All the lightguns we provide are pinpoint accurate and play fantastically on all machines (except the Synergy).
USB 3.0 Peripherals
Feel free to plug any USB 3.0 (or lower) compatible devices into your arcade machine you wish. On Media and Elite machines you have 4 ports at your disposal to do whatever you wish.
A Bespoke Arcades cabinet is always at the heart of a party, whether there’s a congregation of revellers being entertained by a classic video game or there’s a pair of microphones connected to a Media or Elite edition’s versatile front USB ports. Your arcade machine is compatible with a multitude of Karaoke software and can easily be integrated into your chosen arcade machine menu system. Now you can sing to your heart’s content.
Fabulously future-proof arcade gaming
All Bespoke Arcades personnel are avid gamers at heart and we strive to make all Bespoke Arcades machines as versatile as possible. We can make all our machines compatible with any console currently on the market and this of course includes the Playstation 4 and Xbox One in all their glory. Trusty gaming classics are being reinvented on today’s technology and your arcade machine doesn’t have to be left behind. embrace the new tech as well as the old with Bespoke Arcades.
PS3 & X-Box 360
One of our most popular upgrades for our Evo and Nu Gen units. The modern console fighting games play fantastically on our arcade machines via the 1080p displays. All the digital inputs work seamlessly via the control panel. This option opens new dimensions into your arcade machine and allows you to experience today’s modern arcade games how they’re meant to be played.
If requested, we can make your arcade machine Wii compatible, plug in your machine to the HDMI and play away. We can also make the arcade cabinet compatible with Wii-motes should it ever be requested.
As technology advances so do the abilities of our arcade machines. We can also include Xbox One controls setups with your arcade machines. The boffins here at Bespoke Arcades can make sure your machine is next generation ready.
Even your PS4 can be integrated into your arcade machine via some technical wizardry on our behalf. Enjoy some lag-free gaming on your Evo or Nu-Gen and use your precision arcade controls in the cutting edge of current gaming. Whether it’s the latest Virtua Tennis or Street Fighter, you can always rely on your Bespoke Arcades machine to take the thrill to the next level.
To further enhance your retro gaming experience, we also offer the ability to utilise your favourite controller of yesteryear. Run up into the attic and dig out your old controllers or let us know and we’ll source you a fully serviced selection of pads. Here’s an example of some of the controllers.
Almost where it all began, offering a new universal way to play games- the patented cross shaped pad was used for all future joypads. Feel free to plug in this familiar four buttoned brick and experience gaming how it used to be.
An updated joypad as gaming evolves, and again sets new standards which all future controllers derived elements from. More buttons, more ergonomic- there’s only one Super Nintendo controller.
This is perhaps one of the more individual controllers which are commonly requested. The joypad was designed around Super Mario 64 (which contributes to why it is rated as the finest video game ever made). The controller was also designed to be held in different ways which controversially prevents the player from accessing all the buttons from one position. A must- have if 4 player Goldeneye is your thing!
The GameCube controller isn’t as “out there” as its predecessor but in nonetheless builds upon it. Featuring a more traditional layout, the 6th generation of Nintendo’s line of consoles provides an individual yet solid joypad to play some quality titles. GameCube controllers have always been popular thanks to its compatibility with Nintendo’s Wii console and now the Wii U so you can get some multiplayer Mario Kart action going. It’s on like Donkey Kong!
The Megadrive control pad essentially comes in 2 variants- one with 3 action buttons and a later one with 6 buttons to cater for the then-new Street Fighter 2. This controller is also recognised as being the first joypad to be ergonomically make to fit round the player’s hands, doing away with the flat edges of the previous controllers’ aesthetics, thus resulting in a more comfortable gaming experience.
The original 2600 controller featured a 4 way joystick and single fire button. This is definitely a joystick of choice for those who were the at the dawn of videogaming.
Based on Nintendo’s SNES controller, Sony’s first ever pad adds 2 other shoulder buttons in order to navigate 3D environments more easily. Always a great all-rounder pad to play all your videogaming classics again
We always get asked whether we can provide a computer joystick from times gone by and of course we can. If a Quikshot joystick was your weapon of choice or even a Konix Speed King (why, oh why…) we can get them running.
Whatever you envisage
When it comes to adding artwork to your arcade machine, we can usually accommodate without a problem. Whether you are after company branding, a personal touch or a graphic from a favourite game, it’s no problem. We offer a full personalisation service for all aspects of arcade graphics as well as having access to an extensive library of old arcade cabinet artwork. For a full list of artwork upgrades and prices, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.
Marquees and Side Art
For both the Apex and the Evo arcade machines, the marquee graphics and side art can be completely personalised to your exact specifications.
You can choose to have a specific design or old arcade cabinet artwork applied to the top and sides of your arcade machine. Should you have a particular game or design in mind, just let us know and we’ll make it happen.
For the Synergy, a variety of under-glass graphics can be applied to give your tabletop arcade cabinet a more authentic feel. Again, should you have a particular game or design in mind please contact us directly.
Control Panel Art
For all of our arcade cabinets, we can apply your chosen graphics to the control panels of your choice. Should you want a specific design or material, please don’t hesitate to ask!
We can also offer a range of company branding options incorporating various graphic applications and can also include customised Windows and menu screens for all your desired needs. Past clients who have used this service include NASA – the Rutherford space laboratory – and Warner Bros.
Your Own Personal Powerhouse
Our arcade machines come with a choice of 3 different types of gaming system, all of which can be upgraded to suit your needs. The more affordable PLAY range have an arcade game board pre-installed, the MEDIA series have a good dual core PC and the ELITE series contains a top-of-the-range Quad core PC set-up. We also offer numerous PC system improvements that include a full range of PC options and speaker upgrades. For a full list of system upgrades and prices, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.
The system within the PLAY series is an arcade game board which allows clients to play all 350 of the favourite arcade classics. With a set number of games, there is no game loading or media functionality with our Play range of arcade machines. This system has great 2.1 sound with adjustable volume included as standard.
The MEDIA series are for those that want additional functions such as multimedia and the ability to load other games. The system within the Media range is a top dual core PC system with a 500GB hard drive and a full range of great multimedia functionality.
This system has great 2.1 sound with adjustable volume included as standard and includes the option of Hi-fi link-up via an external sound port. Other features include built-in Wi-Fi, a DVD-RW, external USB ports, a wireless mouse and keyboard and full Windows Operating System.
The ELITE range is for those that are only interested in the best of the best. This system is unbeatable in terms of PC and peripherals. With a top-of-the-range Quad-core GTX Graphics PC system and a 1TB hard drive these arcade machines will leave you drooling.
This system is for those that will only settle for greatness and contains an external HDMI port, a nifty handheld keyboard, a BLU-RAY drive, PS3 / XBOX 360 console adaptability and all of the functions included in the PLAY and MEDIA machines. The Elite range has a BOSE sound system as standard and offers everything that the discerning gamer could want from the most exclusive range of arcade machines available anywhere in the world!
Choose Your Finish
In terms of the build of your new arcade cabinet, we can offer a great variety of options for the finish, edging and glass. We can also add additional features such as castors. For a full list of arcade cabinet build upgrades, options and prices, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.
All of our arcade cabinets can be finished in a range of different colours, materials and finishes including wood veneering, graffiti and even gold/silver metallic finish. We also have a range of specialist metallic finishes that look truly amazing. In terms of colour, all you need to do is provide us with the desired colour code and we can have the arcade machine exactly matched to that code in any colour or finish that you want.
All of our cabinets are superbly finished using high quality arcade edging that is especially imported from the US. This arcade edging comes in a wide variety of colours and we can always assist you to match this to your chosen finish. We can also provide veneer edging for wood finishes if this is what is preferred.
The glass that we use for all of our arcade cabinets is precision cut and toughened by an HRH appointed glass merchant – as with all our parts, we only accept the best for all our arcade machines. In terms of glass, a smoked pane can be made to add a certain sleekness to your cabinet – this is always a popular option. We can also supply various other tinted variations so please don’t hesitate to ask.
For the Synergy, if you are intending to move your cabinet about at all then adding castors is always a good option. Another wonderful option is the possibility of adding either an HDMI or DVI port to your cabinet – this is great for attaching to your LCD TV to play games or watch movies.
Play Back Anything
Of course the aim of a Bespoke Arcades machine is primarily designed to play games, however their media capabilities are second to none. Utilising the power of Windows architecture and a modern-spec pc, the multimedia possibilities are endless…
A Bespoke Arcades machines caters for all audiophiles. Jukebox functionality can be integrated with the arcade controls allowing you to effortlessly choose your desired track or album and enjoy your musical interlude.
If you feel like breaking into song- a Bespoke Arcades machine is compatible with a multitude of karaoke software. You can even use your current music collection to interface with the software and sing your heart out to your favourite hits.
A Bespoke Arcades machine can run any digital format and can stream any media onto your HDTV (optional, standard on all Elite machines). Thanks to the in-built wi-fi functionality, not only can you use streaming services to deliver your favourite content, but you can also watch Sky (if you’re a subscriber) and Freeview making your arcade machine the perfect multimedia companion.
To go one step further- all Media editions come with a DVD writer and our Elite editions’ optical needs are catered for via a top-notch Blu-Ray drive. The 2 editions’ 4 front mounted USB ports makes your Bespoke Arcades machine perhaps the most versatile multimedia device you will ever own.
Bespoke Arcades herald a world first for arcade machines – full Apple iPhone and iPod compatibility! This not only allows you to manage your portable music library effortlessly via iTunes, but you also benefit from the following features:
Using your Apple device to control your iTunes remotely – you can also one can use it as a portable mouse and keyboard.
Apple iPad functionality also available. Please contact us for more information.
Arcade Machine Options
As an exclusive company offering bespoke services to our clients, we often produce one-off or even a range of special editions arcade machines for particular clients. We love to assist with all custom projects and are only too happy to look at any special requirements that you may have in terms of redesign of any of the arcade cabinets.
We offer a wide variety of special edition arcade cabinets to meet all needs – as a bespoke company, we can cater for almost anything that is required. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for a quotation should you have something special in mind…
It is our firm belief that our clients should be able to obtain any product/device for any purpose that they may require. We are always interested in any custom projects that may become available and are constantly striving to evolve with any new projects or ideas that any client may have. In this way, we have worked on a number of exclusive projects including creating a 3D imaging booth commissioned by NASA for use at the Rutherford space laboratory.
Should you have any special requirements or want a specific design that you do not see on this site, please do not hesitate to contact us for a costing and quotation.
Arcade Machine Options
As an existing Bespoke Arcades owner you can be safe in the knowledge that we offer an upgrade service ensuring any machine can be upgraded to the latest hardware. As time moves on, technology advances and so does the multimedia and game playing abilities of our arcade machines.
We can install the latest joysticks, install rgb arcade buttons with more lighting capabilities than your average disco. We can even purchase the latest games or gamepacks to make sure you receive your refurbished machine and start playing the latest games available.
We can also service your arcade machine, give it a thorough clean inside and out and and ensure all is well with your beloved gaming companion.
To make your upgrade even more effortless, we can arrange to have your cabinet collected and safely delivered to our london workshop via our white-glove service.