Finally, a controller from Razer I’m actually going to buy.
The company has announced the Raion, a brand new peripheral for fighting game players. The controller sports:
- six larger-than-usual face buttons that uses Yellow Mechanical Switches,
- PS4 and PC support,
- a mecha-tactile 8-way D-pad,
- button lock-on option so that you don’t accidentally pause the game and get DQ’ed,
- and a 3.5mm analog audio port for headset usage.
Here’s a demo vid for the controller featuring former MadCatz arcade stick lead and current Tekken 7 commentator guy Markman. He made sure those MadCatz fightsticks last up to today, so having him here is a good indicator that the Raion means business.
The Razer Raion is available right now for US$99.99 in Asia-Pacific, China, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. It’ll be out in the USA, parts of Southeast Asia, and Canada soon.
While Razer’s Raiju feels good to use and control for first-person shooters on consoles, it will cost you an arm and a leg. The Raion might be close to that price point once the conversions are done, but considering the build and heft of the thing, it may be worth it.
I play a lot of fighting games and 2D platformers old and new, so the Raion may be an obvious fit for my playstyle. Your move, Hori.