If there’s one feature missing from today’s top-of-the-line arcade sticks, it’s a way to plug in a pair of headphones. That’s going to change soon, thanks to a new stick coming next year.
HORI recently announced the 2017 version of their Real Arcade Pro V Hayabusa for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. The 2017 RAP V Hayabusa comes with new art, X-Input support for PCs, and a 3.5 mm jack for headphones. The last one is the arcade stick’s most notable new feature. Headphone jacks were standard for most Xbox 360 arcade sticks last generation, however the feature seems to have been forgotten by most manufacturers this generation, until now.
As with their older model, the 2017 RAP V Hayabusa comes with HORI’s Hayabusa lever and push buttons. These are the same parts that in the HRAP Premium VLX Hayabusa that we reviewed earlier this year.
The 2017 HORI RAP V Hayabusa will be available in Japan starting on December 22, 2016 for ¥ 17,258 ($158.14) including tax. No word yet on whether HORI will be bringing this to the rest of the world.