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Real Arcade Pro: 3 Premium VLX - Playstation 3

by Hori
PlayStation 3
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Officially licensed by SCEA.
  • Designed to replicate Taito's "VEWLIX" arcade cabinet
  • Uses genuine Sanwa Denshi arcade parts for stick lever and all buttons
  • Turbo function on all buttons (3 speed settings - 5 times / 12 times / 20 times)
  • Maximize stability with the included option board

Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003VQR242
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches ; 12.1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 21, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,527 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Officially licensed by SCEA. In collaboration with Taito Corporation, this fighting stick is designed to replicate the "VEWLIX"arcade cabinet. Achieved high controls and response for a "true"arcade experience. Uses real arcade parts for stick lever and all buttons. Dominate the competition with this home edition "VEWLIX"arcade fighting stick.

Customer Reviews

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Fighting Stick Ever! September 27, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is the ultimate fighting stick and truly brings the arcade experience home. The sheer size and weight of the stick brings home the point that this is the king of all arcade stick controllers.

It is designed in collaboration with TAITO to recreate the TAITO "VEWLIX" Arcade cabinet. The stick uses authentic Sanwa stick and buttons and has other functions classic to the Real Arcade Pro. series like the turbo and the stick control toggle function. It also has a non-slip surface on the entire bottom and comes with an additional option board that you can mount the controller on to further enhance your stability.

The main feature for this controller has to be the fact that you can easily access the internal of the controller by simply unscrewing 3 screws. Maintenance and customization is a breeze to any other controllers out there.

Overall, this controller addresses all the players wants and needs and is a masterpiece of a arcade stick controller.

A must buy for any player serious for an authentic arcade experience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Stick I've Ever Used December 15, 2010
By shichi
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I purchased the stick when it was on sale here for $65 off the list price and it was worth every penny.

I've used several joysticks (Hori Fighting Stick 2, HRAP3, MadCatz SE (with full Sanwa) and TE Round 1 FightSticks) and the VLX would be my weapon of choice any day. When using it on a table the rubber bottom ensures the stick will not move. The wooden option board is a nice touch as well if you want to mount your stick to it, but I find simply placing the stick on the board works well. Note the stick does not have any protruding rubber feet to potentially interfere with lap use. Lap use may not be as comfortable compared to other sticks due to the weight (12 lbs) but you'll get used to it. In comparison the HRAP3 weighs 5.7 lbs.

The VLX is the most beautiful mass produced stick I've seen yet. While most of the black parts of the stick are matte the rest provides a nice glossy contrast. The top art is a nice metallic red with some mirror accents and you really need to either see the VLX in person or watch some videos to see how light interacts with the glossy parts.

The sound of the joystick and buttons are much more hollow when used and that's due to the sheer physical size of the housing. Not only is this much wider than the Round 1 TE FightStick but it is taller as well. The hollow sound doesn't bother me though.

Let me start by mentioning one of my favorite features: the angled palm rest. I was afraid I wasn't going to like it since I've been using the Round 1 MadCatz TE Stick with the flat surface, but I was able to make an immediate adjustment to the angled palm rest and love it. Using this stick feels much more natural to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By anikiii
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
man, pretty much what all other reviewers said about this stick is all true. it feels like i'm playing with silk. sooooo goood!
and that just made my disappointment THAT much worse when i came to find out that sony has yet to (and probably never will) release updates to get it to function with ps2 backwards compatibility. i have a ridiculous library of ps2 fighters, and that was one of the deciding factors on getting this stick.....


on the other hand, it DOES work wonderfully with everything else! playstation 1 games running on ps3 ARE compatible and play amazingly with it. and you can usb it into a pc and most things run fine with no other software involved (at least on win 7)!!!
the few problems i had (specifically with "super street fighter 4 ae") were all solved by using "x360ce"(search google. its easier than it looks to use it). any other issues are solved with "joy2key".

i went into this purchase expecting that people over-exaggerated how good it is. they weren't. they were under-exaggerating. within five minutes, i actually knew i was better at fighters than i had ever been before. what you attempt to input into this thing generally is what gets read by it. wanna do 90 dragon punches in a row in your sleep (on your first try, when you used to have trouble pulling even ONE off in the heat of the moment before)? no problem!!! i would compare "coming off a Mad Catz Street Fighter IV FightStick into THIS CONTROLLER" to "selling your old run down station wagon and getting a brand new sports car".

as sad/mad as i was that i couldn't play my ps2 fighters(and i was REALLY mad), after using it, i almost could care less.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premium Price, Premium Quality December 4, 2010
By Kyle
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've played in arcades in Japan, and until now, I have yet to feel anything close to the actual feel of the arcade machines.
Then a friend recommended this to me, and now I recommend this to all of you.
This fighting stick feels like heaven in your hands. The resistance of the joystick feels loose enough to not have to put your whole body weight into moving, but not light enough to input more commands than you want to.
The buttons have the right amount of spring to them, and the layout feels very natural to play on.
It's a great feeling to have this behemoth in your hands.

The only thing that really bothers me is how big the stick is; it's roughly almost 2 feet in length. Also, the joystick and the buttons seem rather close for how long the stick itself is.

Over-all, it's a fantastic piece of equipment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best Joy stick money can buy! If there if one stick you should purchase it's the Hori VLX!
Published 5 months ago by John Sebastian Rojas
5.0 out of 5 stars VLX rocks!
HRAP vlx is by far one of the most sturdiest, heaviest arcade joystick I've ever played with. With the addition to the sanwa parts that come with the joystick, feels like you're... Read more
Published on November 17, 2011 by badugi
5.0 out of 5 stars = Awesome =
The metal is nice. Very nice weight to it.
The black plastic is the same quality plastic used in their Fight Stick V3. The white plastic is smoothly polished. Read more
Published on August 31, 2011 by Draqonfly
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Arcade Pro: 3 Premium VLX
Smooths control..light and very sturdy..a must have for any hardcore fight gamer..the only down fall with this product I feel is it's price..
Real Arcade Pro: 3 Premium VLX
Published on August 1, 2011 by CGF144
2.0 out of 5 stars Big whoop
You could make your own arcade stick out of the same parts and save at least $150 bucks. It's called 'lizardlick' and 'ultimarc'. Get your head out of your arses. Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by Mo
Well to start off I have played with the SE, TE and some logitech sticks and all in all this thing is a straight beast. Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by robotecks
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best control
I bought this control and have not regretted it. It is great to play Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and other fighting games.
Published on April 25, 2011 by Hallan Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Best mass produced arcade joystick on the market!
I'm an avid joystick collector & enthusiast. With that in mind, I can honestly say this is hands down the best mass produced arcade stick I've ever used (& I've used/owned quite a... Read more
Published on April 21, 2011 by Jimmy
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Arcade Pro: 3 Premium VLX
I got this product in less than 24 hours on a weekend! I am very happy with its performance.
Published on March 20, 2011 by R. Felipe Valls
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best!
Sure it can be considered expensive, but without a doubt this is the best arcade stick available on the PS3.

If you want that "real" arcade feel, look no further. Read more
Published on March 9, 2011 by That random guy
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