Speedlink Competition Pro USB Retro Joystick.

You may have read my recent post regarding some of my favorite joystick controllers of yesteryear and the one that I always come back to on various 8-bit/16-bit computers is the Competition Pro 5000.

See blog post – https://stiggyblog.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/retro-gaming-classic-joysticks/

A few months back,  a friend of mine had pointed out that Speedlink have produced a replica of this classic joystick,  complete with a USB  cable for connection to a modern pc. They’ve been available for a while now and I’ve been meaning to purchase one but have never got around to ordering one. I noticed that Amazon had them listed for about a third of the original retail price so I placed my order for two and they arrived the other day <sadly, since posting this, Amazon’s offer appears to have finished …although, it’s not a very expensive joystick anyway!>


This isn’t the first time a reissued USB version of the Competition Pro Joystick  has been released. Powerplay currently sell a reissue of the original black base/red stick model but I’ve read that the buttons are not responsive, diagonal control is often a bit hit and miss  and the general build quality is considered very poor. If anyone has one though and would like to comment, I’d love to hear what you think.

The Speedlink version is based on the clear ‘see-through’ model that was released around  the late eighties, succeeding the original leaf switch models of the mid eighties. It is also the same model I used (and still use) on  many of my older computers including my Commodore 64 &  Commodore Amiga.

Modifications to the original include two extra fire buttons placed next to the stick and both of the larger fire buttons are now fully independent (even though the original had two fire buttons, both were wired as one because most home computers at that time only supported one fire button).

Apart from that, everything mirrors the original exactly – including the loud clicky micro switches & auto fire toggle switch 🙂 All eight-way controls appear to respond perfectly when tested and  so are the fire buttons on both Joysticks I ordered.

Build quality appears to excellent and so here’s hoping they’re just like the originals, still working perfectly after 20 odd years.

As an extra bonus, the Speedlink package is  bundled with a bumper pack of 99 C64 classic games on one CD to relive those classic gaming moments straight out of the box.. Despite the software installer being in German, it’s a regular MS Windows installer so it doesn’t take too much guess work to figure out which is the install/cancel button. (the box lists the software requirements as MS Windows only, including Vista and Windows 7).

After installation, the frontend provides a nice menu system  to all the games and are are listed alphabetically across four pages. Highlighting a game displays a  screenshot as well as information about the game and links to open the game manual. The frontend also has a choice of four background music tracks to listen too.

When you click on a game, the C64 emulator is loaded and the game begins. It looks like the emulator is one of  the best too, it’s Vice64 (http://www.viceteam.org/)
So….if you long for retro stick for your  PC gaming or classic system emulators, this reissue of the Competition Pro Joystick might just be what you need.

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7 responses to “Speedlink Competition Pro USB Retro Joystick.

  1. I’m thinking of ordering one for myself too! But look, did you hear there is “Competition Pro 25th Anniversary Edition” has been released? You can find it here (link below) for 25 Euro. Dispatched from Deutcheland. By the way, Versalia offers many things suitable for retro-gamers. At least, for those who own Amigas and Commodores.

    http://www.vesalia.de/e_competitionusbgold.htm

  2. Woohoo, very nice. Something like that would be great as a prize at our next gaming event at the Retro Computer Museum.

    Many thanks again!

    Kind regards

    StiGGy

  3. Forgot to mention, these are the guys I brought my C64 keyrah interface from for my Commodore 64 Itx pc mod!

    I totally agree with you, it’s a great place to pick up a whole host of wonderful retro gear.

  4. I was wondering if anyone has used this with children with disabilities. If so, does it have a place to plug in a switch. It would look like a headphone port. Thanks!!

  5. Hello,

    There doesn’t appear to be any other sockets on the joystick I’m afraid.

    Kind regards

    StiGGy

  6. I’ve purchased one 4 days ago…Tears of joy for the good old feeling,this is the best joystick for the C64 – Amiga – Spectrum emulation,exactly as 20 years ago! Many thanks to Speedlink…

  7. Great aren’t they! Still use mine from time to time. I’m toying with the idea of getting one of those usb Atari 2600 joysticks next.

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