In this article, we compare two of the most popular arcade basketball games from leading brand Pop-A-Shot – the Home Dual Shot vs the Dual Shot Sport.
Both games are well worth considering if you want to treat the hoops fan in your family (or yourself!) to a well specified game. But, although they look similar and share some of the same features, the Home version usually costs a hundred bucks more than the Sport.
So, what do you get for the extra cash, and is it worth it? Our guide below will highlight the differences between both games and help you find which is the most suitable for you. First we’ve got a quick comparison table of the main features of each game.
Then we look at the advantages of each game, in turn. Finally, we’ll summarize the extra 6 games that are included with the Home version so you can make the right choice for your needs and budget.
Pop A Shot Home Dual Shot vs Dual Shot Sport – Quick Comparison
Both these games won our best in class awards when we reviewed the best 9 basketball arcade games recently. The Home was our Ultimate Choice and the Sport was our Best Value for Money choice. Let’s take a closer look at how they compare against each other.
In the table below we’ve summarized the main features of each game in a side by side comparison, to make it easy to see the differences between them.
|Pop A Shot HOME Dual Shot||Pop A Shot Dual Shot SPORT|
|Description||Ultimate dual shot version of the classic Pop A Shot arcade game||Budget choice - cheaper version of the Home Dual Shot|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
|Size: W x D||45" x 88"||46" x 81"|
|Height||82", 88" or 94"|
|Folds up to||37" deep||29" deep|
|Weight||58 lbs||44 lbs|
|No. of Games||16||10|
|No. of Balls||7||4|
|LED Display||Large, 3 digits||Medium, 2 digits|
|Scoring Sensors||Infrared optical||Paddles|
|Mobility||Wheels on frame||No wheels|
|Frame||1.5" powder coated steel||1.5" powder coated steel|
|Backboard||0.5" MDF||0.5" MDF|
|Power||AC or Battery||AC or Battery|
|Audio||6 options||6 options|
|Control Panel||Front, easy to program||Front, easy to program|
As you can see from the table above, although both games look similar, there are a number of differences. The biggest differences between the Home Dual Shot and the Dual Shot Sport are the price, size, adjustability, sensors and the number of balls and games included.
The Dual Shot Sport is the budget choice, although it does lead the way compared to rivals in its own price range. It is smaller, lighter, has no height adjustment, only 4 balls and 10 games. Because of its smaller size and fixed height, it is ideal for kids and teens.
The Home Dual Shot is the ultimate premium choice, the big brother of the Sport – it is larger and 14 lbs heavier but has wheels for easier maneuvering. It also has 3 different height settings and includes 7 balls and 16 games. As it is larger and height adjustable, it is ideal for a wider range of ages, from kids to adults.
Thanks to better scoring sensors (infrared optical vs paddles) and a larger, better LED scoreboard (3 digits vs 2 digits) the Home Dual Shot also has more accurate scoring and can display higher top scores. This means you can have a lot more shooting fun before the scoreboard count goes back to zero.
Advantages of Home Dual Shot
- Height adjustable backboard and a longer ball return ramp make it more suitable for both kids and adults
- More balls (7 vs 4) included
- More games (16 vs 10) included
- Larger scoreboard (and it has 3 digits vs 2 digits)
- Better scoring sensors (infrared optical vs paddles)
- Wheels at back of frame for easier maneuvering
Tip: if you need these features but would like to be able to play outdoors, there is also an Outdoor version of this game. It is almost identical but is weatherproofed so can be used outdoors or indoors. See our full reviews and buying guide for more detail.
Advantages of Dual Shot Sport
- Cheaper – the MSRP is about $110 less than the Home version
- Folds up to a smaller depth for better space saving (29″ deep vs 37″)
- Lighter to carry (44 lbs vs 58 lbs)
Extra Games in the Home Dual Shot
The Home Dual Shot includes 16 games whereas the Sport only has 10. So which 6 games does the Sport miss out on?
The answer is that the Home actually has 7 extra games but does not include 1 that the Sport has. Here is a summary of the extra games found in the Home version:
- Intermediate: 2 Players
- Cross Court: 2 Players – player 1 goes first and shoots at basket displaying score
- Double or Nothing: 2 Players – first basket counts for 2 points, then each subsequent basket counts for double
- Scoring Streak: 2 Players – if no shot made during 3 seconds, streak is broken
- Tug of War: 2 Players – for each made basket, that player gets 2 points and other player gets -2
- Around the World: 2-4 Players – first player to make 10 shots wins
- Tournament: 2-4 Players – player 1 vs. player 4, then player 2 vs. player 3; winners play in Finals
And this is the game in the Sport, that the Home version does not include:
- Climbing the Ladder: 2 Players – first basket is 2 points; each subsequent basket is an additional point (3, 4, 5, etc.) If no basket is made within 3 seconds, next basket is 2 points
If you have the budget and the space, we’d recommend the Home Dual Shot for the best possible game-play and durability. It has several key advantages that make it well worth the higher price.
However, the Dual Shot Sport is still awesome value for money – it comfortably beats its nearest rivals in the same price range.
To read our full reviews of both these games, and how they compare to their competitors, see our recent review of the best basketball arcade games.
A complete list of all the games included with each product can be found at the end of the owner’s manuals below.
The owner’s manual for the Home Dual Shot is available in PDF format from Pop-A-Shot here.
The owner’s manual for the Dual Shot Sport is available in PDF format from Pop-A-Shot here.