Hori Real Arcade Pro VLX Hayabusa Review

ReleaseFebruary 2016
PlatformsPS4 / PS3 / PC
Size22.4” x 10.2” x 5.5”
Cable3 m
Weight11.91 lbs

Quick Facts

  • This model was officially licensed by Taito, a Japanese gaming and toys company.
  • It is an improvement over the previous Kuro edition.


The main highlight of the performance of the Real Arcade Pro. Premium VLX Hayabusa is the inclusion of Falcon buttons. The main highlight of the performance is the inclusion of Falcon buttons. Hori went back to the design phase in order to develop buttons that have less travel distance with a matte texture that is easy to press. The result is faster activation and a quicker response while ensuring that the experience is ergonomic as possible. That is because the previous installment featured sharper buttons that were harsher on the fingers after repeated usage, and fighting gamers are known for their churning and grinding to take their game to the next level.


Although it is not necessarily advertised on the box, a PC will read the arcade stick just fine, meaning that it is compatible with three platforms in total. When it comes to opening up the arcade stick, it is actually quite easy. All that is needed to do is remove the three main screws in order to gain access to internal parts for easy maintenance or any other endeavors that the owner would like to undertake.


From the very first moment one lays eyes on the arcade stick, it is evident that it is quite the masterpiece. In fact, it looks as if it was ripped straight out of an arcade cabinet, which is of course a good thing. It does the Vewlix layout justice, and the sheer width of it makes arcade fanatics feel right at home. In addition, the pleasing combination of black, gray, and red adds an undeniably cool touch to an arcade stick that would look good even if it was completely colorless, thanks to the other factors.


Although this fightstick is one of the best that the fighting game community has ever known and probably will ever know, the limitedness of retail sources mean that you will probably have to spend an insane amount just to get it from Arcade Shock, for example. If your budget is flexible and you are serious about investing in a product that could up your game for years, consider it. Otherwise, another large fightstick that might interest you is the Qanba Dragon.


Pros Better buttons
Quick unscrewing
Gorgeous model
Cons Sensitive buttons not for everyone
Unit too big for some
Reminiscent of an older stick
Score ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



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