Razer Atrox Review

Product Name:Razer Atrox Arcade Stick
Brand:Razer
Platform:Xbox One
Features:Premium quality Sanwa hardware components for maximum precision and durability. Fully mod capable construction for ease of customization. Internal storage compartments for convenient transportation. Honeycomb structure on the inside for easy screw mounting (screwdriver included for modding)
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2 years ago, a gaming brand synonymous to FPS, RTS and MOBAs took to a new scene – the FGC. And what an impact it made! And with the current generation of gaming consoles now in full swing, there’s no stopping the impact Razer has made in fighting games. Let’s get into this Razer Atrox review for the XBOX One.

 

Product Overview

I remember when Razer had announced that they were releasing an arcade stick – I honestly felt that they were entering uncharted waters and running the risk of getting eaten up by the bigger and longer-tenured brands within the fighting game community. And it didn’t help that they had console exclusivity in favor of Microsoft, as they would potentially disregard the PlayStation fans.

What I failed to realize was that Razer was always going to be a strong player in any game genre because of their successful formula that comprises of knowing and understanding what the gamer wants, what is most comfortable to gamers and what is the best technology for their gamers. The result? The Razer Atrox – an amazing stick that proved to be as high performance as it is gamer-friendly and durable.

The Atrox for the New Generation

Because of this, and in keeping with the increased growth of interest for fighting games for the new generation of gaming consoles, it came as no surprise that Razer would go further into this foray when they released the Atrox for the Xbox One. Looking at this stick, I almost feel like it followed in its older brother’s footsteps, but even better.

The Atrox for Xbox One appears as longer and taller than the 360 model, but slimmer and lighter – this is a huge plus for a gamer because the larger surface area is more accommodating for varying hand and forearm sizes. I for one have long fingers on not-so-wide hands and forearms, which would make working on a shorter or smaller playing surface more difficult, so the size of the stick is a big plus for me. The stick being lighter also makes it easier to lug around.

 

The Atrox’s Claim to Fame is retained

The Xbox One edition of the Atrox still boasts of Sanwa-Denshi buttons and an authentic Sanwa joystick to bring the same control and precision that will last through the most intense gaming sets, yet at the same time provides durability to last through “grind-it-outs” and “first-to-plenty” sessions.

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The top panel of the stick (which contains the very sleek and high-tech render of the Razer Logo) can be removed and interchanged with any custom artwork of your choice – you can plaster good ‘ol Ryu’s fireball stance or your own sleek design onto the surface. Nifty!

At the click of the edge button, the Atrox still opens up into the internal compartment that features a screwdriver and a bat top joystick (also an authentic Sanwa) as well as the PCB and wiring. This allows any gamer to do advanced modding, like provisions for LED lights, or dual-modding the stick so you can use it for Mortal Kombat X or Street Fighter V on the PS4. Extremely awesome!

 

Why I have the feels for the Atrox

razer-atrox-review-internalI’ve mentioned early on in this site that the fighting game community takes pride in not only improving their skill in fighting games, but in brandishing their weapons of choice that they can genuinely call their own. As someone who loves fighting games but is still trying to be whole-heartedly into giving my stick its own flair (due to the possibility of messing up a stick that I put good money into), I really like the fact that Razer produced the Atrox to be flexible enough for anyone to customize and modify to their liking.

From the aesthetic side of things, I definitely like the fact that you can not only change the top panel design, but also the stock buttons and ball top stick to preference – like swapping in a Hori Hayabusa stick and silent pushbuttons that are a different color. Other sticks run the risk of compromising the stick body’s quality just to get the look they like, which leads to wear and tear.. The Razer Atrox, on the other hand, is built to make this easy on the gamer and will still maintain durability.

I also like the provisioning within the Atrox. Razer made a good decision to place a honeycomb structure at the bottom of the internal compartment to make it easier to place screw mounts within the stick. Drilling holes within a stick is something I’ve been extremely hesitant about because I run the risk of marking screw mounts in places that will cause parts to collide with each other and potentially break as well. The honeycomb structure almost feels like it’s calling out, “Hey, plot them here, no problem!”, while STILL not compromising the stick’s durability. And I like that because it fool-proofs the modding process within the stick (which works for me!).

 

This stick? At…rox! (It rocks!)

I definitely want dibs on this stick very soon, I love the fact that for its price, it’s got the best quality parts for my gaming needs, yet gives me the liberty to make my stick look like my own. I highly recommend this stick, whether you are just starting out in fighting games in this current generation of gaming, or have been at it for a long time and are not afraid to make your stick look like your own. And believe me, this stick will last you a long time.

You can purchase your own Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for Xbox One from Amazon, and don’t forget to check out Razer’s website to download a template for the top panel for customization purposes.

What do you think of the Razer Atrox for the Xbox One? Let me know in the comments section.

 

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12 Comments

  • Kimmie says:

    Hmmm I’m not much of a gamer, my guy’s more of one and I’d heard him mention sticks like this. It just seems like old and Atari like. I was a fan of Atari joysticks so would like to give this a go.

  • theicecoach says:

    I didn’t know anything about gaming before reading this review. It sounds like the Razer Atrox is something worth trying. I have some friends who have kids that may not know about this and I’ll point them to your website. I wish you the best in your endeavors and happy gaming.

  • lashon69 says:

    Great in formation. In fact I think I may have to purchase 2 for the two XBox One’s in my house. The Razer Atrox… I will keep in mind and get from you. I would think that the bigger the platform the better also. I only play fighting games because I don’t know much about the others. And Street Fighter is my favorite. (I am not expert but check the grammar just a little, lol to be very honest I struggle with that.)

    Anyway, very great content keep going….

    • Raphy says:

      Thanks for the feedback! Well, as you may have noticed, I’m a huge fan of fighting games as well – I’m a huge fan of the Street Fighter franchise, although I’ve also dabbled into the Tekken and KOF series, too.

      As for playing on your Xbox One, most definitely go for it! I’m sure playing Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X and the legacy 360 games (when they become available) will be even more fun with the Atrox. And it you’re a fan of the old-school arcade fighters, you can opt to switch out the ball top in favor of the bat top to give a full-on arcade cabinet feel. There are plenty of possibilities with the Razer Atrox – that’s the stick I will most likely switch to once I go into the new generation consoles!

  • Dave Dixon says:

    Hey there.

    I like the feel of your site. Great layout and structure, and good image placement.

    I am an old school gamer myself (not that I need reminding!), and I was engaged by your well written content and can feel the passion behind your words.

    Great work keep it up!

  • Stu says:

    Nice article. I really love the header font and the overall feel to this website. It’s very easy to read and you articulated your points well. I never knew there was such a thing as this.. It would certainly make fighting games that much easier to play. That’s actually one of the reasons I don’t play them as much.. They are just too difficult to maneuver with a standard controller.

    Anywho, keep up the great work and I look forward to reading more ..

    -Stu

    • Raphy says:

      Hey Stu, thanks for the warm reception towards my site! I really intended to use this design as it proves to be more visual along with what I write. 🙂

      With regards to maneuvering in fighting games, I’m certainly with you on that – when I started playing fighting games way, way back, I used a stick. But with gaming consoles having standardized the built-in controller, I switched over as a sake of convenience. And while it’s a generally-available approach, nothing beats a more natural feel and motion as an arcade stick because there is more accurate feedback on the stick, not to mention makes it easier to execute button commands due to button responses/combinations being less cumbersome.

      With that said, if you want to get serious in fighting games, I would recommend going stick and getting comfortable with it. The Razer Atrox is one of the best ones out there because of the way it was built – best quality buttons and stick, easy internal/external customization, and overall solid craftsmanship on the stick – don’t mind what happened to a guy named Momochi recently, that happens once in a blue moon. Besides, if any part breaks on the Atrox, it’s design makes it possible to accommodate replacements. You can’t go wrong with buying a durable, yet flexible stick such as the Razer Atrox.

      Hope this helps!

      -Raphy

  • Dmitriy says:

    Hey Raphy,

    I love what Razer produces, it’s just so awesome! Yeah, at one time it looked like they stood no chance against their already established competitors, but look at them now! Their guys really know what are they doing and they also do it with style like almost no other. What is more to ask?

    As for the stick itself, you’ve actually convinced me I probably need one, too. To be honest, I’ve always considered them impractical and believed standard controllers to be much better suited for fighting games. Most likely, this is because I almost always played at home and my experience with arcade sticks was very limited. I think I’ll give it a go sometime and will definitely do this from your place here. 🙂

    • Raphy says:

      Hey Dmitry, thanks for your comment!

      Yeah indeed, Razer has really come a long way in carrying itself as a gaming brand – these days there are really a few that stand out as much as them. Credit goes to the amount of work they put into research and development for what they know gamers want, which is why they have products that feel more customized to the gamer than anyone else.

      It’s really a huge leap to switch from standard controllers to arcade sticks – they’re heavier, bulkier, and have a limited number of uses outside of fighting games. However, should a person decide to really get serious in fighting games, it really helps to leverage the range of motion and feedback that comes from an arcade stick. I’ve loved arcade sticks ever since I got my hand on them (yes, that includes the el cheapo ones I’ve had in the past) – I think it has something to do with the sound it makes when you wiggle the stick and tap the buttons.

      There are plenty of possibilities with the Razer Atrox, which is why it’s one of the preferred sticks out there. You can change the types of sticks, restrictor gates, buttons and even the PCB’s. Just make sure that you grab an extra cable or two just in case, as that part tends to malfunction first. All the same, feel free to have a go at this amazing stick!

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