|Release||June 26, 2017|
|Platforms||PS5 / PS4 / PS3 / PC|
|Size||16.9” x 10.6” x 4.7”|
- Hayabusa buttons are featured.
- The options button is concealable with a cover.
- The arcade stick supports turbo mode.
- Also available are a Tekken 7 Edition for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Dragon Ball FighterZ Edition for the PlayStation 4, Soulcalibur VI Edition for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme vs. Maxi Boost ON Edition for the PlayStation 4.
- Also available is an all-buttons edition, including a Shiokenstar version.
There is an issue with the arcade stick in which very precise timing is needed to register simultaneous button presses, which is especially relevant to games like Tekken. Otherwise, the joystick is quite responsive, there is plenty of wrist space, and the unit fits very comfortably on a player’s lap. There is no learning curve needed at all for the Noir layout of the buttons. In fact, some might even grow to like it more than the standard Vewlix layout. It is too bad that the buttons themselves are quite loud. The touchpad can be found on the back of the unit, making it unlikely to hit it on accident in addition to the options button.
The unit feels extremely solid, and the buttons have a pleasing texture to them. However, it seems that opening the unit up if need be will require going the old school way of taking it apart with a screwdriver. As for the shape of the unit itself, it has more of a rectangular shape and is not as wide as its predecessor, both of which are not necessarily bad things.
This is a very good looking arcade stick. The black color gives the unit a slick vibe, and the golden accents add enough nuisance to make it stick out from the rest. Those who are interested in overlaying custom artwork over the preexisting design will be glad to know that the plexiglass over the stock artwork allows for easy customization.
If this fightstick actually functioned as it was supposed to, it would deserve its price on Amazon, which is average. However, its main flaw of not registering simultaneous button presses forgivingly makes it not worth any more than $100. Instead, opt for the Fighting Edge, a similar fightstick by Hori that actually works well.
|Pros||Weighty and solid|
|Cons||Simultaneous presses inconsistent|