Razer Raion controller review
Quick verdict: The Razer Raion is a solid fighting controller, especially for six-button games. However, most users will be better served by a proper fighting stick.
- Solid body with a premium feel
- Highly responsive D-pad
- Will improve your win rate compared to bog-standard controllers
- No wireless functionality
- Incompatible with most non-fighting games
- Can't compete with a dedicated fighting stick
The Razer Raion is a wired controller for PlayStation 4 and PC especially designed for mano-a-mano fighting games. It's not a fully fledged arcade stick like the Razer Panthera Evo, nor is it a regular gamepad like the DualShock 4. Instead, it straddles a weird middle ground that will only appeal to a very niche audience.
Incidentally, Razer's previous controller, the Raiju, was named after a lightning-cloaked wolf from Japanese mythology – the name literally translates to "thunder beast". By contrast, the Razer Raion is named after a Soviet-era administrative unit. Razer's quest for alliteration is clearly becoming a struggle.
- Extra-wide body has a great feel
- Six face buttons for proper Street Fighting
- No analogue sticks
- Wired control only
- Large, responsive buttons
- 8-way D-pad runs rings around DualShock 4
- Six-button layout can be a gift or curse, depending on the game
Features and price
Features and price
- Package is pretty barebones
- Expensive for such a narrow purpose
- Arcade fighting sticks present stiff competition
Should you buy the Razer Raion?
- Buy it if you love fighting games but hate fighting sticks
- Don't buy it if you require a versatile pro controller for multiple genres
The Razer Raion performs its primary function well. It will give you a significant edge over players armed with bog-standard controllers in games like Tekken, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. However, the absence of analogue sticks severely hampers its use outside of the fighting genre. If you're willing to spend a bit more cash, a fully fledged fighting stick could be a better option.