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Razer Raion controller review

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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
Razer Raion product shot
Finder score: 3.5
How we score our reviews

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.


Design

Design

  • Extra-wide body has a great feel
  • Six face buttons for proper Street Fighting
  • No analogue sticks
  • Wired control only
Razer Raion

Performance

Performance

  • 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
Raizer Raion

Features and price

Features and price

  • Package is pretty barebones
  • Expensive for such a narrow purpose
  • Arcade fighting sticks present stiff competition
Razer Raion switches

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
Finder score: 3.5

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.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP $149.95

Where to buy


Specifications

Build

Weight
275g
Dimensions
173mm x 103mm x 58mm

Connectivity

Wireless frequency
N/A
Headphone jack
Yes
Wired connection
Fixed USB
Cable length
3 metres

Compatibility

Compatible platforms
PS4, PC
Requirements
USB 2.0 port

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