Razer has announced that it is developing a new arcade joystick called the Razer Kitsune. There doesn’t seem to be any word yet on when it’ll be released, but the joystick is designed for use on PlayStation 5 consoles and PCs, with a detachable USB Type C cable and Razer Low-profile Linear Optical Switches among its list of advertised features. Two special versions of the Razer Kitsune inspired by Street Fighter 6 will be available: the Razer Kitsune SF6 Chun-Li Edition and Razer Kitsune SF6 Cammy Edition.
From a Razer news post:
Designed with a deep understanding of the needs of the fighting game community, and in partnership with some top FGC pros, the Kitsune is an innovative, all-button optical arcade controller designed for the PlayStation 5 console and PC.
So, what sets the Razer Kitsune apart from your average fight stick? It’s simple: precision and performance. The traditional fight stick has evolved into a device focusing on these key aspects. With a unique quad movement button layout, the Kitsune eliminates joystick mishaps, heralding a new era of precise, unambiguous gameplay. This novel approach to button configuration promises to be the competitive edge pro fighting game players have been seeking.
At the heart of the Kitsune, are the groundbreaking Razer Low-profile Linear Optical Switches. With their shorter actuation height and lightning-fast response time, these switches deliver the speed and precision crucial to master your combos and control the neutral. The Razer Kitsune is more than an evolution; it’s a revolution that leaves the traditional push buttons of standard fight sticks in the past.
In our pursuit of precision and performance, we understood the importance of aligning with the standards set by the fighting game community. In this light, we collaborated closely with Capcom during the development of the Razer Kitsune. This collaborative effort ensured that the Kitsune not only meets, but exceeds the expectations of tournament-level play. It abides by all Capcom Pro Tour standards, including compliance with their latest simultaneous opposite cardinal directional input rules. This distinction makes Kitsune a trusted choice for tournaments and legitimizes its role in competitive fighting games.
Our long-standing involvement in the FGC and esports scene, traveling to major Capcom Pro Tour tournaments, and working with their tournament organizers was instrumental in fostering this collaboration. Drawing from these experiences, we’ve made certain that the Kitsune stands up to the rigorous demands of the highest levels of competition.
Our vision for the Kitsune was to create a controller that works for everyone—whether you’re a globetrotting pro or a regular at local tournaments. Its slim, leverless design allows for easy transport and a hassle-free setup, thanks to its detachable USB Type C cable.
But the Razer Kitsune represents more than just an arcade controller; it’s a symbol of how we at Razer aim to merge optical precision and superior gaming performance. It’s an ultra-combo set to reshape the way you experience fighting games.