Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Controllers for the computer games industry come in a variety of form factors: joysticks, hand gamepads, rudders and even aircraft steering wheels with a detailed panel of sensors for fans of flight simulators. But the most popular and demanded format of controllers is hand-held gamepads. They are comfortable, easy to learn, multifunctional and almost universal.
The editors of the magazine present you with an up-to-date guide to the best gamepads in 2020. Our experts took into account the results of their own tests, the opinions of professional communities and feedback from active users.
- Rating of the best PC controllers
- Best Low Cost PC Controllers
- SVEN GC-250
- Redragon saturn
- Logitech G Gamepad F310 / 510
- Defender Game Master Wireless
- The best PC controllers for a combination of price, functionality and quality
- IPEGA PG-9076
- Artplays NS-45
- Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
- Microsoft Xbox One Controller
- Sony DualShock 4 v2
- The best premium PC controllers
- Valve Steam Controller
- Thrustmaster eSwap Pro Controller
- Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller
- Microsoft Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
Rating of the best PC controllers
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Best Low Cost PC Controllers||1||SVEN GC-250||RUB 2,100|
|2||Redragon saturn||RUB 1,330|
|3||Logitech G Gamepad F310 / 510||RUB 1,900|
|4||Defender Game Master Wireless||990 RUB|
|The best PC controllers for a combination of price, functionality and quality||1||IPEGA PG-9076||RUB 1,990|
|2||Artplays NS-45||RUB 2,500|
|3||Nintendo Switch Pro Controller||RUB 6,000|
|4||Microsoft Xbox One Controller||RUB 4,000|
|5||Sony DualShock 4 v2||RUB 3,900|
|The best premium PC controllers||1||Valve Steam Controller||RUB 9 800|
|2||Thrustmaster eSwap Pro Controller||RUB 12 600|
|3||Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller||RUB 6,000|
|4||Microsoft Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2||RUB 11,500|
Best Low Cost PC Controllers
The first collection of gamepad controllers for PC is dedicated to inexpensive, but high-quality and efficient models that have earned the trust and recognition of users. They are optimal for not too pretentious gaming, where the process itself and game achievements are just entertainment.
Let's start with the most inexpensive controller in the budget selection, which is not even a 'no-name' – the SVEN trademark has been pleasing consumers with high-quality accessories and appliances at affordable prices for many years. This is SVEN GC-250 – an Xbox 360-style controller with a wired connection.
The shape of the controller is classic, outwardly there is a similarity to NVIDIA SHIELD Controller. The body is made of two-piece black plastic, the surface is glossy. All the usual controllers for this format are present here, including the 'Home' button. No, really, 'mode' buttons for switching between sticks and D-pad, but in this price segment this is a common and acceptable simplification.
There is a 4-position LED indicator on the body directly under the 'Home' button, signaling the states and modes. On the right side are four XYBA buttons labeled 4123 respectively. There is a cross on the opposite side. One level below is a pair of sticks with rubberized caps. On the front are a pair of LB / RB buttons and a pair of LT / RT triggers. Stroke length – 1cm.
The device operates in digital or analogue modes, which can be switched between simply by pressing the 'Home' button. The difference is manifested in the availability of the axes: in the digital – only two, in the analog – all four. The current mode is prompted to the user by the corresponding LED indicator.
Also SVEN GC-250 supports DirectInput and X-Input modes, which are switched mechanically by a switch on the back side. X-Input is the classic PC gamepad mode, in which the device in the family Windows is identified as the Xbox 360 Controller and behaves accordingly. That is, the lower shifts function as triggers in analog mode, the left stick works with the X / Y axes, the right one is responsible for rotation, oblique D-pad presses are recognized.
In DirectInput mode, the controller 'turns' into a gamepad for the PlayStation: the lower keys function simply as number keys, and the right stick is responsible for the Z axis and rotation around it.
Since SVEN GC-250 is a budget model, spatial sensors are expected to be absent here, and the gamepad, accordingly, cannot determine its own position.
The controller is quite light – 171g, it is connected with a 1.8m cable with a standard USB Type A plug. Compatible with OS of the family Windows starting from the seventh version, PS3 console and gadgets on Android that support OTG through the appropriate adapter.
The main disadvantage of this model is significant dead zones on the sticks, which makes normal aiming impossible in shooters.
- good build quality;
- digital and analog modes;
- DirectInput and X-Input support;
- vibration motors;
- clear and pleasant response of the keys.
- no spatial sensors;
- not suitable for shooters due to stick dead zones.
Now let's look at another universal budget controller for the PC. The model is more expensive than the previous one, but absolutely insignificant – a few hundred rubles, while the characteristics, as well as user feedback, are noticeably better. Renowned Chinese brand Redragon has been known for its quality gaming accessories since 2012.
This is a wired gamepad connected via a 1.5 meter USB cable with a Type A plug. The body is plastic, black with a matte non-marking texture. The design contains unobtrusive elements of bright red color. The size and shape are estimated by testers and ordinary users to be optimal for small to medium palms.
The presence and location of controls almost completely coincides with the previous model: a group of XYBA buttons (signed as 4123, respectively) and a cross are spaced on opposite sides of the top panel, a pair of rubberized analog sticks with a rather rigid stroke, four control buttons around the logo, a Home button on center right between the sticks. Four hammers on the opposite side from the player, almost identical in shape to the Dualshock 4.
Now about the capabilities of the controller. Like the previous model, the Redragon Saturn supports Dinput and Xinput modes. To navigate, you need to use a simple mechanical switch on the 'bottom' of the controller, which actually translates the layout of the controls between the 'styles' of the Xbox and PlayStation controllers. The dynamics of the game are significantly enlivened by two built-in vibration motors, not too powerful, but creating high-quality feedback.
The controller connects to a computer with an operating system of the family Windows 7 and higher without problems, picking up standard drivers on the fly, no emulators are needed. Also this model is compatible with PlayStation 3.
All in all, the Redragon Saturn is definitely worth the money and fulfills the price completely. But the lower price segment still makes itself felt. So, for example, exactly the same problem is observed here as in SVEN GC-250 – noticeable dead zones that do not allow to aim normally in shooters.
- good build quality;
- elementary connection to a PC on Windows without special drivers and emulators;
- DirectInput and X-Input support with mechanical switch;
- well thought out ergonomic shape – hands do not get tired for a long time;
- two vibration motors;
- nice appearance.
- harsh stickers move (subjective);
- not for shooters because of dead zones.
Logitech G Gamepad F310 / 510
Continuing the theme of the game controller brand, which is known to almost all PC users. This is the Logitech G Gamepad F310 Wired Gamepad. The Logitech series of game controllers have a long history, and the F310 is an iconic model that fixes the lack of XInput support in previous versions.
In the subheading, we indicated two nomenclature designations at once – F310 and F510. These are different models, but their fundamental difference is almost the only one – the F310 has no vibration feedback, while the F510 does. But, oddly enough, there is practically no full-fledged F510 model for April-May 2020 on sale.
The design of the Logitech gamepads of the entire F-series traces borrowings from the Dualshock 3 – the shape of the body and the position of the sticks and from Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller – the color coding of the XYBA button group. The letters on the buttons are cut from the inside, so they are not threatened with abrasion over time.
Other controls include a D-pad, six function buttons and two triggers. The F510 also has a separate vibration feedback on / off button. Unfortunately, the F310 has no vibration motors at all, and this is a noticeable drawback.
Experts and a significant part of users have objective complaints about the cross in terms of its behavior when pressed due to the not very successful arrangement of the axles on one platform. Fortunately, this is not an element of the very first thing, and you can still live with its shortcomings. I am glad that there is a mechanical switch between DirectInput and XInput.
The capabilities of the gamepad itself can be supplemented with the functionality of the proprietary Logitech Gaming Software, which is included in the package. In particular, it can be used to reassign actions to specific keys, adjust all kinds of settings. There you can also create different profiles 'tailored' for specific games.
- quality materials and assembly;
- remapping keys;
- useful proprietary software;
- XInput and DirectInput support and with a mechanical switch;
- no vibration feedback (available in an almost similar model F510);
- unsuccessful cross.
Defender Game Master Wireless
Rounding out the selection of the best low-cost PC gaming controllers is a good budget option for those looking to wirelessly connect a gamepad to a PC. Here we are already dealing with a Russian trade mark. The Defender brand belongs to Computer Technologies LLC with headquarters in Moscow. The products are manufactured in China.
Defender Game Master Wireless is a universal gamepad with wireless radio connection via a 2.4 GHz receiver with a range of up to 10 meters. The body and shape are ordinary – ordinary black plastic with a glossy surface, the usual arrangement of functional buttons (11 in total) and manipulators. Two vibration motors are built in, but they do not always work, but this is a fairly common phenomenon for universal gamepads.
The controller's functionality is generally comparable to the solutions described above. The model supports two main modes – XInput and DirectInput, but there is no longer a mechanical switch for changing modes. The movement of the controls is clear and tactilely pleasant. The peculiarity of the model is increased durability. Gamers have been using the controller for years, then buying the exact same model – and there were significant differences in the parties.
There are a number of ambiguities with this model. Users have noticed that different batches of the same Defender Game Master Wireless have significant differences. A rough guideline is the color of the packaging design. The gamepad from the green box is powered by 4 AAA batteries, for wireless communication, it uses a massive receiver the size of a USB modem, has a vibration switch. The modification from the blue box is powered by three batteries, the receiver is tiny, and there is no vibration feedback switch.
The listed nuances would not be of too fundamental importance if it were not for the obvious shortcomings of the 'blue' version. So, in the gamepad from the blue box, the analog mode does not work due to the mismatch of the receiver. If the 'blue' gamepad is connected through the receiver from the 'green' model, the sticks will work normally in analog mode. Therefore, before buying, experts strongly recommend that you be persistent and find out from the support point of sale what kind of modification you are offered.
- build quality;
- reliability and durability;
- wireless connection;
- Dinput and Xinput support;
- Turbo button.
- confusion with modifications;
- vibration feedback does not always work.
The best PC controllers for a combination of price, functionality and quality
The second compilation of the magazine's review of the best PC gaming controllers is dedicated to gamepads that have earned the highest ratings and user feedback for decent quality, wide functionality, combined with an affordable price.
Let's start with the controller of the famous Chinese brand IPEGA. The gamepad is at least twice as expensive as any of the previous selection, but at the same time, compared to most others, it looks more than affordable. The higher technological level of IPEGA PG-9076 is also noticeable almost in the very first minutes of acquaintance.
This model is notable for the fact that it allows you to connect to a PC in three different ways – via a USB wire, via Bluetooth and via a radio channel through a miniature receiver that is included in the package. The model is pretty much universal – it works not only with PCs, but also with smartphones, tablets and even set-top boxes (only on Android). At the time of publication of the material, the device is not yet 'friendly' with iOS, but the developers can fill this gap in the very near future.
The second thing that is immediately evident in the positive aspect of IPEGA PG-9076 is carefully selected body materials and a deeply worked out shape. The mutual arrangement of handles and sticks is as harmonious as possible for most users. The elastic coating is neither too rough nor too 'soft' – optimal for a secure grip and grip.
The controls in this model are located in places familiar to any gamer. The sticks are symmetrical, the cross in the middle has a convenient recess for the finger. Eleven function buttons, end keys and triggers. There is a Turbo button that loops a function like shooting. All buttons, triggers and keys definitely please with the quality of travel and tactile sensations – it is noticeable that the developers did not skimp on quality materials and careful study of details.
IPEGA PG-9076 also allows you to play on your smartphone, fixing it directly to the controller case with a special folding lock. It can be fixed at an angle of 120 or 90 degrees. The maximum diagonal of the gadget being held is 6 inches, the minimum is 4 inches.
The controller has a built-in battery with a capacity of 380mAh, which should be enough for 12 hours of battery life. Recharges via a standard microUSB cable. The cable is especially for charging, that is, it is quite short, and will not work for a wired connection to a PC at a considerable distance. Sleep mode begins after 10 minutes of no load (inactivity).
The most noticeable and even offensive drawback of this model is the lack of vibration motors, which reduces the involvement and experience of the game. But he is almost the only one.
- carefully selected ergonomic materials;
- pleasant mechanics of the controls;
- three connection methods, two wireless;
- Turbo button;
- holds a charge for a long time;
- Dinput and Xinput support ;;
- there is a holder for a smartphone;
- reliability and durability.
- no vibration feedback;
- short cable.
The selection continues with a very good and quite successful attempt to make a worthy imitation of the Nintendo Switch Pro controller. Imitation can even be called, if not an analogue of the Nintendo Switch Pro, then certainly a worthy alternative, especially for such an affordable price.
The materials and workmanship in this model leave no doubt about quality and responsibility. The surface of the case even slightly resembles a soft-touch, but it's just really high-quality plastic with a characteristic texture. The handles are not rubberized, but this has little effect on convenience, and for the most part users do not complain. The exterior is almost exactly the same as the original, only the indicators are placed on the front panel.
An important difference of this model from the previous one for the better is the presence of vibration motors. They are not the most advanced in modeling sensations, but more than enough for an ordinary game. Another obvious plus is the six-axis accelerometer, which allows the controller to determine its own position in space and control simple movements in the air in places. The sensitivity is set by a simple calibration. For Amiibo fans, a slight disappointment is the lack of an NFC module through which it would be possible to interact with the figures, but there is an alternative – the Joy-Con.
The built-in rechargeable battery provides confident continuous operation of the gamepad up to 9 hours. The device automatically turns off after 5 minutes of inactivity. Manual shutdown – pressing the Home button with a 3-second hold. Charging via a standard cable with a microUSB connector.
Artplays NS-45 as of May 2020 is one of the most successful analogues of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, possessing all the potential of the original, except for the NFC module. The model was tested in various modern games, including the most iconic in this context – Legend of Zelda with the use of absolutely all controls, accelerometer and vibration feedback. As for other games, here, thanks to support for both major standards (Dinput and Xinput), the coverage is the widest, up to very old-school toys written under MS-DOS.
- the most faithful imitation of the Nintendo Switch Pro;
- high quality materials;
- careful assembly;
- good vibration motors;
- accelerometer (controller orientation in space);
- suitable for Legend of Zelda;
- simple calibration.
- slightly tight and 'loud' sticks;
- no NFC.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Now, 'without going far' we will consider the original, from which the previous model was copied well. This is the same Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. The difference in price, though significant – twice – but not too dramatic. Nevertheless, many users impute unreasonably high prices to this model. Actually, this served as a driver for creating an inexpensive full-fledged replacement – the above-described Artplays NS-45 gamepad.
This model was originally developed specifically for the game console of the same name. Since then, a lot has changed, the controller has earned its own profile on Steam, and can be used to play on PC without any problems. The only point is the inevitable 'legacy' – analog triggers will be sorely lacking for many gamers.
There is no doubt about ergonomics, quality of materials, accuracy of assembly – Nintendo keeps its brand. The same can be said about the tactile sensations from interacting with the controls – everything is pressed clearly, pleasantly, nothing sticks, does not rumble, does not creak. Some testers agree that this is the most comfortable gaming controller of this brand in the history of Nintendo.
The model supports two types of connection – wireless via Bluetooth and wired via USB cable, moreover, with a more advanced interface – USB-C. It is also used to recharge the battery. It is here, by the way, impressive in capacity – it is capable of providing autonomous operation of the gamepad for up to 40 hours.
As for the functionality, there is nothing to add to the characteristics of the previous model, except that the original has the entire kit, including the NFC short-range communication module, required in some games. But for all its advantages, this model has an ambiguity – the meaning of a purchase with an inevitable overpayment, despite the fact that there is a worthy alternative described above. However, if there is no constraint in means, then, all other things being equal, the original wins.
- quality of materials and workmanship;
- gyroscope and accelerometer;
- vibration motors;
- NFC module;
- up to 40 hours without recharging.
- analog triggers are not supported (
Microsoft Xbox One Controller
We continue our hike through famous brands and original game controllers. And they deserve it, because even with the most serious attempts to create analogs from other manufacturers, they remain standards, at least in quality, and for the most part in functionality.
Microsoft Xbox One Controller is an original gamepad designed specifically for the game console of the same name. But, as in the case of the previous model, it works without problems with PC games. With the only similar limitation – only the native XInput standard is supported, which is logical, because Microsoft it will not make its product compatible with its direct competitor – Sony PlayStation. But in the shortcomings, this moment still cannot be ignored.
On the other hand, the gamepad manufacturer is still none other than Microsoft, and there is a secondary benefit for the PC user – Microsoft Xbox One Controller is initially 'sharpened' for the operating system Windows, and when connected to a computer, the device is immediately recognized correctly, all functions are picked up, including backlighting, vibration feedback, etc. without manual installation by a driver or additional software.
The functionality and usability, as well as the durability in this model, are at their best. Like the previous and the next controller in the review – they are all the best in this price category. Materials of exceptional quality, no squeaks or backlash. Carefully calibrated stick placement, tried and tested button and key travel, elegant and stylish design. There are reviews on the Web about the shortcomings of the assembly, but they raise doubts about the originality of the product.
In the game, this model shows itself from the best side. The controls are devoid of the nuisance that is typical for budget gamepads – dead zones, thanks to which the control is much more accurate and reliable. The accelerometer and gyroscope add involvement, thanks to which the controller determines its own position in space. There is also a motion detector.
Microsoft Xbox One Controller has 'survived' more than one edition, which may cause some confusion in the descriptions of features and configurations on different marketplaces. So, in one place the gamepad can be stocked with batteries, and in another it is not, thereby causing customer dissatisfaction because of the need to specifically buy batteries.
- quality of materials and thoroughness of assembly;
- initial adaptation for PC to Windows;
- gyroscope and accelerometer;
- Motion Detector;
- 3.5mm audio jack for a stereo headset;
- stylish appearance.
- no batteries included (depending on revision);
- only XInput is supported.
Sony DualShock 4 v2
And to complete the selection of the best in performance and price game controllers for PCs, another iconic model in every sense – the second version of the fourth edition of the Sony DualShock. Obviously, the gamepad was designed primarily for Sony game consoles, but it is also great for PC gaming with almost no restrictions. It will be the most feature-rich gamepad of all, and at the same time it is significantly cheaper than the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
Let's immediately dwell on the bottleneck of this model – compatibility with a PC. The gamepad is fully compatible with desktops and laptops, but correct connection is possible only through a special adapter and using utilities like DS4 Windows. An advanced user will easily figure out these nuances, and with low computer literacy, help will be needed.
Regarding the quality and technological level, there are no questions – high-quality materials, impeccable assembly, carefully calibrated proportions, high ergonomics of controls. In addition, the developers have laid in this model almost a record officially declared service life – 5 years. The warranty period is still only 1 year. Self-contained power is provided by a proprietary battery with USB charging.
The second thing that clearly distinguishes this model is the extended functionality and not due to all kinds of 'ballast', but due to really interesting things. So, here we see a cosmopolitan, in a good way, approach to the supported standards – DirectInput and XInput, which significantly expands the selection of compatible games. Then, there is such an innovation as a two-point capacitive touchpad with a push mechanism. Built-in mini-acoustics – monaural speaker. There is a standard 3.5mm stereo headset output. Using the mechanical Share button, you can upload screenshots and video clips directly from the gamepad to your social media accounts. In total this model contains 18 function buttons.
It should be noted separately the attractive appearance of the gamepad. Smooth lines, combined with brutal massiveness and futuristic lighting, create the best impression.
- exceptional quality materials and workmanship;
- DirectInput and XInput support;
- advanced functionality;
- built-in speaker;
- Motion Detector;
- long service life.
- some difficulties with connecting to a PC.
The best premium PC controllers
The third and final roundup of the magazine's best PC gaming controllers are the most expensive premium models. There are really celebrity names here, and for a truly sophisticated gamer with high objective requirements, such a purchase would be quite reasonable. If we are talking about serious esports competitions with more material interest than just excitement, a worthy choice is in this category.
Valve Steam Controller
Let's start with one of the most interesting solutions in the segment of game manipulators – the controller manufactured by Valve itself. The company spent a long time working on the concept and design of the potentially best gamepad for Steam, and in the end it produced a result that was as unusual as it was interesting.
In form, this model is very close to its closest 'brothers' from Sony and Microsoft and even the arrangement of some of the controls is similar, but this is where the similarities end. The first thing that catches your eye is the presence of two sensory zones of the correct round shape in those places where the cross and the symmetrical element should supposedly be located.
There are also significant differences in mechanical controls. So, here on the back side there are two additional paddle buttons, like the gear selectors on the steering wheel of a Formula 1 car. There is only one stick left – the left one. The right one is completely removed, and its functions are performed by the right round touchpad, but not only them.
Wirelessly, the Valve Steam Controller can communicate with a PC via a radio channel through the receiver that comes with the package. The important thing here is that the receiver is exactly 'native'. There is no support Bluetooth, although it was planned until recently. Wired connection – through a standard 1.5 meter cable with a connector of the classic format. Alternatively, the receiver (dongle) can be connected not directly to the USB port of a computer or laptop, but through the same cable. The idea is that in this case, you can easily change the location of the dongle so that it is constantly in the line of sight of the controller.
In addition to the obvious advantages of this model (quality, ergonomics, accuracy, etc.), it also has specific features. The closest and deepest adaptation to the Steam ecosystem makes life much easier for gamers – for many games, the optimal settings have already been developed in a natural way, collected in ready-made presets and are freely available, sorted by popularity.
This model also has such pleasant surprises as extended feedback – the gamepad interacts with the player not only by vibration, but also by specific 'clicks', which are designed to create the effect of working with the mouse. This feature has been introduced into this model as part of the expansion of the functionality, in which a gamepad can be used to perform (with reservations) the functions of a mouse and keyboard.
- impeccable quality of materials and workmanship;
- accuracy and sensitivity;
- increased quality of feedback;
- replacement of mouse and keyboard;
- original approaches to the organization of governing bodies;
- spectacular appearance;
- 100% adaptation and automation in the Steam ecosystem;
- ready-made presets from the gaming community.
- only for Steam and only licenses.
Thrustmaster eSwap Pro Controller
Now let's pay attention to the product of the well-known manufacturer Thrustmaster – the multifunctional game controller eSwap Pro Controller. It is one of the most versatile gamepads in the professional segment today. The high technological level is directly hinted at by the weighty price – more than 12 thousand rubles in April – May 2020.
Initially, this model was focused on the Sony PlayStation consoles, but its shape is still closer to the original gamepads Microsoft. The materials of the case are exceptionally high quality; black plastic is combined with a glossy and matte texture. There are neat anti-slip rubberized pads on the side handles.
In this model, a wide range of controls immediately catches your eye – a total of 17 main buttons and 6 additional buttons, plus a clickpad. The quality of the materials and mechanisms of the buttons (the eSwap Pro Controller uses mechanics instead of membranes) is beyond doubt, the reviews of testers and users are the best, and the manufacturer officially declares a resource of button mechanisms of 5 million clicks. There are such additions as a microphone, stereo headset output, the ability to record settings profiles directly into the controller's memory.
The wide applicability and actual versatility of the gamepad is manifested not only in the wide coverage of game moments by the controls. Here you can even change the physical location of some of the manipulators. So, the sticks assume symmetrical and asymmetrical placement. Changing positions is easy and simple thanks to the modular structure of the gamepad.
In general, this model generates a predominantly positive feedback, mainly for the rare combination of versatility and high technological level. Even a standard USB cable is not here anyhow, but in a textile winding, which says a lot. Thrustmaster eSwap Pro Controller is officially compatible with PlayStation, PC platforms (Windows), Android.
The delivery set of the model includes the gamepad itself, a microUSB cable – Type A, a tool, a fabric case, and documentation. The case is completely useless, since it is just a bag, and a device such as a gamepad still needs a hard case for safe transportation. The tool here refers to a stainless steel alligator screwdriver. It will be needed in order to mark in places the trigger and the cross.
- impeccable quality materials;
- high professional level;
- mechanical buttons;
- resource of buttons – up to 5 million clicks;
- advanced functionality;
- own memory for storing profiles;
- modular structure (you can change the location of the sticks);
- spectacular appearance.
- useless cover.
Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller
The third number in the review of the best PC game controllers according to the version is the premium model Revolution Unlimited Pro from the French company Nacon. This is the first wireless model in the brand's line of gamepads. Released specifically for PlayStation4 with permission from Sony. Initially declared practical advantages over DUALSHOCK 4.
The body of the gamepad is made of exceptionally high quality from high quality materials. The surface of the manipulator is a tactilely pleasant Soft-touch coating. All the controls familiar to the user of the PS 4 console: two sticks with an asymmetric arrangement, a group of four colored buttons on the right, a cross on the left, etc. There is also a full-fledged touchpad on top and a group of 4 additional programmable buttons on the back.
You can switch between modes with a mechanical button in three positions: PS4, PS4 Advanced and PC Advanced. The indicator of modes and states is the luminous ring around the right stick. There are separate buttons for controlling the microphone.
In Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller, the massiveness of the gamepad serves in part to enhance the engagement and the effect of presence. It can be adjusted; for this, compartments for weighting agents weighing 10, 14 and 16 grams are provided in the body.
The controller supports wired and wireless connections. Wired – through a removable three-meter standard cable with a USB-C connector. Wireless – via a radio channel via USB with a guaranteed range of signal reception up to 7 meters. Vbromotors, of course, are also present, moreover, they can even be adjusted. There are additional tools for adjusting the volume. Headphones can be connected wired and wirelessly.
This model also boasts an expanded configuration – the set includes: concave and convex nozzles, one pair; three pairs of nozzles for adjusting the height of the sticks; a set of weighting materials – three pairs; case for transportation.
During autonomous operation, the device is powered by a built-in battery. Operating time from a full charge – up to 7 hours of active play.
- impeccable materials and workmanship;
- accuracy and sensitivity;
- advanced functionality;
- adjustable weight (weights included);
- user complaints about the convenience of controls.
Microsoft Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
Our experts could not ignore the novelty of the beginning of 2020 from Microsoft. The official release took place on January 15, 2020, and the controllers went on sale only a few months later. So for now, we can judge by first impressions, but how the series will show itself in the long term is a task for the future.
And first impressions suggest that this model is definitely the best it has ever created Microsoft in the gaming industry. The company has set a new high standard for the quality of materials, technical performance, filigree precision, tactile comfort. How 'tenacious' these qualities are in the long run will show time. So far, users and experts have noted one notable flaw – frequent cases of sticking of the A button. The problem is recognized, and, possibly, will be eliminated in the next installments.
In the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, the developers have abandoned the peelable anti-slip coating on the handles, instead using a different material with a characteristic surface texture and anti-slip engraving. Also fixed the problems of the previous version, related to bumpers brittleness and incomprehensible magnetic sticks. The movement of buttons and other controls is clear, pleasant, the sticks are equipped with tension adjustment. The adjustment process is simple, and will give additional bonuses in terms of aiming accuracy in shooters.
The gamepad can work with power from the connection wire itself or autonomously. In this model Microsoft, we wisely decided to use the built-in battery with recharging via a cable with a USB-C connector. Battery life from a full charge is up to 40 hours.
The front panel of the gamepad has an indicator that signals the currently active user profile. You can customize and save profiles through proprietary software – the Xbox Accessories application.
On the whole, the conclusion according to this model is more than positive, and in communities less restrained in emotions than in the expert community, there are now mostly enthusiastic exclamations. But here it is desirable to be realistic and understand that the buyers of the first batch can become unwitting beta testers.
- new in 2020;
- the highest technological level;
- impeccable materials and workmanship;
- exceptional accuracy and sensitivity;
- adjustable hammer tension;
- spectacular and expensive appearance.
- too young model, possible 'pitfalls' over time;
- Complaints about sticking button A.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.