Razer is taking it back to the old school with the announcement of the Atrox Arcade Stick. As the name suggests, the gaming peripheral aims to bring the arcade experience home - specifically for the hardcore fighting game community.
The device, built with modders and tournament gamers in mind, features premium quality Sanwa components and is the culmination of an extensive beta testing program. It includes 10 highly responsive buttons and a precision eight-way joystick mounted to a solid arcade-style base.
The controller can be opened with the touch of a button which makes it a breeze to customize for all tastes and play styles. There's even an internal compartment that can be used to store extra parts and modding tools. The device connects to your console via a 13-foot detachable USB cable.
The idea to bring an arcade-inspired controller home isn't an original one, however, as products like the ASCII SNES Advantage and Capcom's Fighter Power Stick successfully did so back in the 90s. Anyone that was serious about fighting games like Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat II knew how awesome such an accessory was.
Razer will begin taking pre-orders on May 21 for $199.99 / EC €199.99. It will ship to customers in Japan later this month and elsewhere starting in June. Unfortunately, however, it's only heading to the Xbox 360 at launch. No word yet if Razer plans to release versions for the PS3, the PC or next generation consoles.