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About the product
- Officially licensed by SCEA and Taito
- Perfect replica of the Japanese VEWLIX arcade cabinet
- Featuring HORI original HAYABUSA stick lever and KURO buttons, touch pad, and program functions
- Easily open top panel for maintenance and internal access. Compatible with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3
- Kindly click the Main Image and refer to the other Images for User Manual
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HORI Original Parts
Straight from Japanese arcades to your home, precision parts found only in HORI products.
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Steel top panel opens easily for maintenance and modification.
Fully functional touch pad allows for full operation of PlayStation 4 titles.
Roomy cable compartment for storage of cable, cleaning cloth, and other small items.
Tough and thick anti-slip mat covers entire bottom of stick for comfort and stability.
Control panel with Share Button, PS Button, PS3/PS4 Toggle Switch, switch to assign joystick function, and other features.
Welcome to the dark side. The Real Arcade Pro. 4 Premium VLX KURO is a perfect replica of the Taito VEWLIX cabinet featured in Japanese arcades, down to the metal construction, colors, finish, and parts. Bring the ultimate arcade experience home with this limited production precision arcade controller, featuring HORI original HAYABUSA stick lever and KURO buttons, both of which are currently used in Japanese arcades. The top panel of the Real Arcade Pro. 4 Premium VLX KURO easily opens by removing three screws for easy maintenance and access to internal parts. Compatible with both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, enjoy all of your favorite fighting, arcade, and classic games at home as you would at the arcade. Includes fully functional touch pad and programmable buttons. Sporting a dark color scheme, the Real Arcade Pro. 4 Premium VLX KURO looks as good as it feels. Officially licensed by SCEA and Taito.
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After a while I noticed the hori vlx prem and I thought I would give it a chance....boy what an amazing arcade stick... larger than the virtua stick and smaller than the virtua stick pro.the buttons were very responsive and the joystick felt like the ls-32 and the extra r3 l3 butons were perfect for mapping coin and start or service mode etc.
My pc with windows 10 picked up the controller and knew exactly what it was.it is absolutely gorgeous in person and very heavy too.playing mame and demul and retroarch never ever felt this good.having the taito licence makes it look that much better and feels more authentic. This stick is a must buy.
Though the price is scary, I've never owned a better arcade stick than this VLX KURO, and I've definitely bought more than a few over the years in addition to modifying a few, too. Here are some details after using it nearly-daily for the last two months on fighting games like Guilty Gear Xrd, Ultra SFIV, and plenty of downloadable "arcade" games. I have a weekly "fighting game night" and so this stick has not only been used by me but also by several friends and family members.
The weight, construction, and form factor are all top-notch. The panels are made of metal.You can set this thing down on a coffee table and it isn't going to budge. That might be a plus for those with children who don't want their prized sticks to take a spill when the kid knocks it over, and for those gamers who want the arcade stick to stay rock-solid while they hammer out combos mercilessly. The top has a lot of area to rest your hands. I have larger hands so this is a big plus for me, but you might not care as much.
Why is this important for people with larger hands? Well, it's awkward and a bit uncomfortable to hover your hand over the arcade stick while playing. You'll want to rest your hand down on the panel, which is a lot more comfortable. The thing is, that means you have to make the top of the arcade stick bigger to fit the whole hand, which means it's more expensive. A lot of home arcade sticks in the past cut corners and don't make the top panel large enough for people with larger mitts, leading to uncomfortable play sessions. The VLX has more than enough space on top, in contrast.
There are two disadvantages to the hulking size. One, sometimes people like to hold their arcade sticks in their laps. In that case, you're probably better off with a Mad Catz TES, HORI's own RAP4 Kai, or something like a HORI RAP3 N3-SA. This one isn't so heavy that it hurts to rest it on your lap (it is "only" 12 pounds) but it's quite large. The second disadvantage is that you may not have a good place to store it. This isn't a Dualshock 4 that you can just sit on your mantle or put on the couch's armrest. Read those size specifications in the description: 22 inches across, 10 inches deep! HORI's RAP4 Kai is 17 inches across.The Street Fighter 5 Mad Catz TE2+ (the one with Ryu on the front) is 15.5 inches across. The VLX is huge. I rest mine beneath my coffee table.
Now let's talk about the lever (joystick) and buttons themselves. The Hayabusa lever is HORI-made and seems to be well-built and responsive. The Sanwa JLF and Sanwa OBSF-30 are the "standard" in high-end Mad Catz and older HORI sticks. You'll see it advertised as "Authentic all-Sanwa parts" or "Sanwa Deshi buttons and lever" in a lot of other premium arcade sticks. Sanwas are probably what you'd find in a Japanese arcade cabinet and are the industry standard for enthusiast-level arcade sticks. I've used Sanwa parts in most of my arcade sticks over the years. The Hayabusa lever compares favorably to the Sanwa JLF. When I use an arcade lever, I want it to feel sturdy and durable enough to put up with some abuse, but it must also have accurate inputs and be consistent when I'm trying to be precise and delicate. The spring inside does not feel as stiff as a JLF, but the Hayabusa qualifies for the conditions above. It feels great. You can modify the lever too, which I'll touch on a bit later.
The KURO buttons are a different story. These are also HORI-made and promise more durability due to their design. They are responsive but feel a bit cheaper compared to a Sanwa. When you push down a Sanwa button, it travels down consistently until it stops. The KURO buttons travel smoothly halfway and then it feels like they meet resistance and get "mushy". Let me put it this way: HORI themselves have already dumped these buttons in favor of their redesigned HAYABUSA buttons (not to be confused with the Hayabusa lever discussed above). What did I do with these not-as-good-as-Sanwa buttons? I got rid of 'em. I spent an extra $15 to buy some white Sanwa OBSF-30 buttons, replaced the KUROs, and called it a day. You may like how the KRUO buttons feel. Plenty of people do. And I don't think they're a dealbreaker at all, but keep it in mind.
Speaking of replacing parts on your arcade stick, "how easy is that?" you might be wondering. Well, on the VLX KURO, it's pretty darn easy or pretty darn impossible, depending on what you'd like to do. Regarding artwork, Mad Catz really has HORI beat. The VLX KURO does not allow you to easily replace the top panel with custom art. I'm not even sure if it's possible without heavily modifying the stick. When I say "modifying" I mean removing the lever, all the buttons, and forcefully ripping/tearing off the top panel and then making a brand-new panel and somehow gluing it back down. So, that's kind of a bummer in case you wanted to replace the artwork.
Replacing the internal electric bits is much, much more feasible in comparison. Inside of the USB cable storage compartment, there are three screws which can be removed with your fingers. Take these three screws out, pivot up the top, and the whole thing opens up like the trunk/boot of a car. The internal wiring is expertly laid out (very organized) and there's even two small slots for spare buttons (that's my guess, at least). There are guides online, but removing a button is as simple as
1) carefully removing the two wires.
2) pinching the button edges
3) pushing out
That's all there is to it. I replaced all of my KURO buttons with 9 Sanwa buttons in the space of 30 minutes. It was easy and not scary at all.
I have not made any modifications to the Hayabusa stick, but I did get a chance to unscrew the Square restrictor gate and look inside. Unlike the Sanwa JLF and most other arcade sticks, the Hayabusa does NOT wire everything together. Instead, there are four individual switches inside ('switches' are the little buttons the arcade stick clicks against in order to register movement) which can be replaced with whatever brand you want. If one of the switches wears out in a few years, replace that single switch instead of replacing the whole lever. If you don't like the "clicky" sound of the switches and want to go silent, no problem. Just pop off the restrictor plate and replace the switches yourselves with silent ones. It's a cool feature and makes this an easier choice for gamers who'd like to invest in something that will last them a long time.
Admittedly, if you are thinking of getting an arcade stick for the first time, this is probably above what you need. The word "Premium" in the title is true in every sense. This is a heavy, solidly-built, expensive, top-of-the-line arcade stick for enthusiasts. If you're dipping your toes into the pool of arcade sticks for the first time, I'd recommend trying a Mad Catz or a cheaper HORI RAP. But if you have tried a few arcade sticks in the past and you're ready to sink your money into something that will last you a long time, this should be next on your list to buy.
Capcom decided to only have Xinput support with arcade sticks on the PC version, making this stick natively incompatible. You'll need to download JoyToKey and reconfigure your VLX Kuro so it works for the game. Make sure your stick is set to PS3 compatibilty mode and you're using the DP(directional pad) stick scheme. Here's the following settings that worked for me, rebind buttons as:
POV (Up): Up on Stick
POV (Down): Down on Stick
POV (Left): Left on Stick
POV (Right): Right on Stick
Button 1: G
Button 2: B
Button 3: N
Button 4: H
Button 5: K
Button 6: J
Button 7: ,
Button 8: M
Button 10: Enter/Return
Hope this helps if you're having trouble playing the Street Fighter 5 with this. Ultra Street Fighter 4 on PC and Fightcade on PC both work rather well right out of the box with this stick.
Anyway, here's my short and sweet review: If you got the money to afford, and a sturdy table or desk to mount this stick, there's no substitute. This IS the BEST arcade stick. Accept nothing else. If you're not a fan of the Hayabusa buttons or stick, you can easily mod and put in Sanwa/Seimetsu/whatever you want into it very easily.
Note: Will be updating review if/when Capcom gets around to patching in DirectInput compatibility into the PC version of Street Fighter V.
Anyways, in case you still do not get the idea, if you are looking for any stick, this is the one.
Most recent customer reviews
Quite heavy, so you want to leave this stick home if you fly out to events.