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Razer Kitsune (Quick Look) - Embrace the New Fighting Game Meta

This all-button optical fighting arcade controller aims to surpass fighting sticks as the controller of choice for fighting game enthusiasts.

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"Hello everyone and welcome to another Game Reactor Quick Look. Fighting games are not a joke, and fighting games, perhaps more so than a lot of other genres, have very serious communities that are very serious about how they perform, both in online tournaments and in meet and greets with other like-minded enthusiasts. And when they do that, they need proper hardware that supports their level of enthusiasm for the games they're playing."

"Now, that means that there's been a thriving community for these fighting decks that people use specifically for fighting games, and Razer has put out one which seemingly has caught the global attention of fighting game enthusiasts across the globe. It's called the Kitsune, and there's a bunch of reasons why people are very stoked about it. For one, it ditches the joysticks and replaces it with movement buttons. Now, apparently this is something that fighting game enthusiasts really want. And apart from that, these buttons here, which obviously represent the buttons that you would find on a PlayStation controller, this is an official PlayStation licensed product, they are all optical, meaning that because they're optical, there is no need for a physical switch and a physical connection. It's all light beams essentially, that's why it's optical. So it'll be faster, it'll be more reliable, and it will last longer than regular old buttons on equally expensive fighting game decks."

"So that is basically one of the major upsides to buying something like the Kitsune. I was also quite interested to find that when I picked this up, that it's very thin. I haven't looked at these kind of decks a lot during my career, but the ones that I have looked at are rather chunky. I've no idea how they've been able to slim it down, but it feels like a more premium product than some of the other competitors that I've seen over the course of the past couple of years. It also has some of the necessary stuff that you'd expect."

"There is these really nice tactile sliders up here. For one, it swaps between PS5 and PC. There is a lock mechanism, which basically locks the cable in for tournament use, and that basically means that if someone trips or something like that, it won't get plugged out immediately. If it was a loose USB Type-C, jiggling about a little bit could result in it juggling loose, and that won't happen here with this cable lock. There's also a function to switch off non-essential buttons so you're not getting distracted by buttons which aren't represented in the game that you're playing. You might be drawn to this front-facing plate right here. I should say that this aluminum plate can be switched for someone else for various different things. I assume that Razer will be selling different ones. We already know about a couple of different Street Fighter versions, Cammy, Chun-Li. There are some out there, and the main thing is that you'll be able to personalize this based on the fighting game titles that you like to play. There are also RGB strips on the side when you plug it in, which is great. Some people really love that stuff. It's pricey. This is €350, which is a lot of money, and I also think a lot of money even compared to competing decks from other manufacturers, but the point is fighting game enthusiasts are used to paying a lot for this kind of hardware, and so I'm sure that they will enjoy this as well. We won't get to take a look at this proper review thing because there's such a limited amount of units that Razer basically needs to take this off our hands and send this straight to someone else, but we were happy to take this brief look, and if you're interested, I'm sure you'll be able to find more on Razer's website. Thank you so much for watching. See you on the next one."

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