by Mr Toffee in

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.


Mr Toffee is a writer, editor, & all-around video game words guy for 9 years, give or take. He also did some story for games like Chain Chronicle and some podcasting on the side. Likes: bacon, Metallica, jogging. Hates: raccoons, oblivion. Twitter: @MrToffee
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