Razer has released a new firmware update for their Panthera arcade stick for PlayStation 4. The firmware update is supposed to make the stick strike “faster, better and with greater accuracy” according to Razer.
— Team Razer (@TeamRazer) March 7, 2017
Based on the wording of the tweet, it seems that Razer is addressing the slight input delay that the Panthera was found to have when compared to other arcade sticks on the market. We asked Mark “MarkMan” Julio, who consulted with Razer on the Panthera, about this and he stated “Our internal testing has proven it’s vastly improved the response time or ‘perceived latency’ with the Panthera performance.” He also gave out specific numbers: with the new firmware having a response time of 1ms to 5ms (average of 3 ms) compared to 8ms to 12ms (average of 10ms) for the old firmware in their testing.
To try to verify if the new firmware does make the Panther faster, we ran a test, comparing it with the MadCatz Tournament Edition 2, wiring up the square buttons of both controllers to a single button.
As you can see with the testing above, the Razer Panthera with firmware v.1.01 does seems to be faster than the MadCatz TE2, which is the opposite result of our previous tests with the older firmware.
For any interested Razer Panthera owners, you can download the new firmware here.