Razer Atrox Review
|Product Name:||Razer Atrox Arcade Stick|
|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)|
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.
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.
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
I’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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