Let’s not beat around the bush. Picking up something like the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for the Xbox One a few years back, could have been classed as a silly purchase. After all, fighting games on the Xbox One were pretty scarce to say the least. Nowadays, however, we’ve got some solid titles to enjoy the device with such as Mortal Kombat X and Dragon Ball FighterZ. It’s the games that make devices like the Atrox Arcade Stick a worthy purchase, not just the device itself. With that being said and with more fighting games on the horizon, it’s finally time to take the idea of a purchase of the Atrox Arcade Stick a lot more seriously.
Atrox’s previous versions that were available for the Xbox 360 did an excellent job at the time, only back then, there was a lot more to choose from as far as title support is concerned. That high level of quality and its slick design is gleefully present in the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for the Xbox One. The device comes in quite a hefty box that’s heavy and well compacted. It’s padded and protected via peelable stickers that helps to prevent smearing or dust build-up. Once the kit is out of the box, there’s a small amount of construction to undertake – screwing the joystick’s ball into place, but past that, it’s ready.
The Atrox sports a total of eight Sanwa buttons on the right side of its face, with the short joystick situated just to the left of the buttons. The Xbox home-button is located above the joystick, complete with a lock/unlock feature that’s in place to prevent accidental activation. The menu and view buttons (also Sanwa) are placed on the right side of the device and finally, a button on the front of the device is used to open its lid. This is where you’ll find the storage as well as the modding capabilities. The storage allows for you to hide the accompanying screwdriver as well as a few additional buttons and the joystick’s ball.
Under the hood, owners will be free to fully mod the layout of the device and can tinker around with the push-and-pull screw wiring to achieve complete placement freedom. Hell, even the face-artwork can be swapped out for anything that tickles your fancy. Razer offers a template on their official website so that you design and print your very own theme(s). Needless to say, if you’re looking for an arcade stick that will allow you to do anything with it, Razer’s Atrox Arcade Stick will get the job done nicely. Now that we’ve got the kit’s accessibility and functionalities out of the way, how exactly does it handle during play?
Naturally, this device is one that’s going to be subject to some considerable wear and tear, more so when we consider that many will carry these to and from tournaments. Let me reassure you, this thing will no doubt take a gazillion hammerings before it’s anywhere close to taking a dirt nap. The Atrox is surprisingly durable and comes with a good weight to it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not overly heavy, but heavy enough that it wont move when it’s table-down or on your lap during use. The rubber grip spanning the whole of the bottom of the device only further bolsters its sturdiness, which again, will please travelling gamers.
I tested the Atrox across a range of different games and can wholeheartedly say that it’s responsive and comes with rapid feedback. The sensitivity of the Sanwa buttons and the joystick may indeed take some getting used to, but it doesn’t take too long to bond with. By and large, the Atrox operates in exactly the same fashion as that of a cabinet. It performs magnificently well regardless as to which fighter you take it to, making easy work of combos and chaining as you go about your business, pounding your opposition to a bloody pulp. The sensitive joystick also affords you better range of movement, which is a must in any fighter.
Coming in at the cost of £209.99 or region equivalent, it may be a bit hard to convince a purchase from those that are seeking out something of a more casual experience. However, with that to the side, I cant grumble at its cost. This isn’t your bog-standard fight stick. It’s modding-capabilities as well as its sturdy, gorgeous design, puts it a cut above its peers. Much like I say about any costly device worth its price, high quality demands a high price. Those of you that are looking for something serious and robust will be more than happy with what’s on offer here. It’s accessible, durable and will no doubt give you that edge.
The Razer Atrox is a tournament-grade arcade stick that’s high in quality, solidly constructed and gorgeous in its design. Its highly responsive Sanwa buttons and its eight-way responsive joystick will give you nothing but rapid feedback and that all important instant precision. Rounding off this already impressive kit is the ability to utilize its full-mod capabilities to ensure that you can personalize the Atrox however you see fit. Simply put, fighter enthusiasts will more than appreciate this robust piece of well crafted hardware.