Shoryuken at Evo 2018: Hands-on with the Victrix Pro FS aluminum-body arcade stick

By on August 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Victrix Pro FS Bison Dictator - Featured Image

The upcoming stick with an all-aluminum chassis offers unlimited customization at your fingertips.

Peripheral manufacturer Victrix Pro showcased their newest competitive offering, the Pro FS, at Evo 2018 — and it was one of the most impressive sticks on the show floor. All it takes is one glance to notice how much the Victrix Pro FS stands out.

The standard stick comes in a cool silver, and is made almost entirely of aluminum with Sanwa Denshi components. According to the manufacturer’s website, the “Victrix Pro FS is engineered with the fastest PCB response time” out of any stick in the market. This is sure to be a feature that piques many players’ interest.

There are also Street Fighter special-edition sticks that pop with bright and bold colors, showcasing beautiful sketches of either M. Bison, Akuma, Chun-Li, or Ken alongside the signatures of the artist and the stick’s number in the limited-edition run.

On top of their stellar looks, the Victrix Pro FS sticks offer a variety of features that focus on functionality and customization. The inside of the stick is easily accessible thanks to a latch on the back, allowing for modification and quick maintenance of all of the major inputs. The stick even includes an Allen wrench to tighten or loosen the ball top of the joystick, stored in the rear compartment. If you want to change the LED color illuminating the Victrix FS, all you need to do is hold the lighting button and move the joystick left or right. The lighting mode can also be changed just by pressing the lighting button itself. This will change the stick’s illumination from fixed to pulsate, to prismatic, to reactive, to white, to dark, and back again.

This kind of manual customization even transitions into the volume control for the headset plugged into the Victrix FS’ headphone jack. Double-tapping the audio button will mute the player’s microphone as well. There are also three remappable buttons, set to L3, R3, and the touchpad button by default, that can be altered to match any other button on the controller.

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There is also a “Tournament/Lockout” mode that will disable all of the backlit buttons aside from the Victrix “X” button that enables the mode. This makes the controller tournament ready and flashes red every five seconds to verify the mode is active.

Another special feature for the Victrix Pro FS is its detachable joystick. It’s easy to remove the joystick, all you need to do is pull the metal below the ball upward and lift the joystick out of its socket. There is even a special socket inside of the controller casing that houses the stick for safe storage. Combined with the convenient handles and the cable wrap prongs at the top of the stick, traveling with the Victrix Pro FS is sure to be a breeze.

To some, the concept of a removable stick might already be well-known: Victrix Pro lead, Ozhan Maker, mentioned earlier this month that the popular modification known as “The Link” by Phreak Mods was an inspiration for their own removable stick system, and apologized for not being more vocal from the outset about its relevance to the Victrix Pro FS’s development. The Victrix Pro FS’ system has been dubbed “The Link 2” in honor of the original modification.

[You can get a closer look at the original The Link by Phreakmods in our review. – Editor]

All in all, the Victrix Pro FS is an incredibly impressive fight stick, and will definitely stand out with its bold design and fully customizable LEDs. Extensive playtesting will determine how this stick holds up against the rest of the industry, but from where I’m standing, things are looking pretty bright.

The standard model Victrix Pro FS retails at $350 and will be available for pre-order in September and will begin shipping in November for PlayStation 4/PC and Xbox One.

The release window and price of the Street Fighter Special Edition sticks have yet to be determined but Victrix Pro confirms that there will be more characters than the four that were previewed at Evo 2018.

Source: Victrix Pro Associate Editor. Austyn James Roney began his gaming journey with Super Smash Bros. on the N64 but learned the ways of the fighting game genre with Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Loves all fighters, regardless of dimension or playstyle.