The premium controller market has continued to develop lately.
Whereas up to now it was unthinkable to spend extra on a controller than you’ll on a sport, in the present day the value of some controllers rival these of precise consoles.
Whereas the leaders of the pack are clearly Microsoft and Sony – with the Xbox Elite Wi-fi Managementler Collection 2 and PlayStation DualSense Edge promising premium controls with a premium value level to match – third-party peripheral makers have been getting concerned too.
One such firm is Nacon, which has often been delivering controllers that we at VGC imagine to be among the many finest third-party choices you could find.
At $199 / €229 / £199, the Revolution 5 Professional is well its costliest controller thus far (arcade sticks apart), and we predict this time Nacon has bitten off greater than it may possibly chew – by means of no fault of its personal, nonetheless.
The controller’s plus factors are plentiful. It comes with a storage case and a separate field containing a number of additional equipment, akin to a second D-Pad (so you possibly can swap between a plus form and a disc), six joystick heads (two concave and 4 convex of various heights) and steel joystick rings.
It additionally features a choice of weights, which you need to use to present your controller further heft. You do that by sliding open little hatches within the grips and putting the weights inside there.
The controller has an uneven format, which is simply Nacon’s fancy approach of claiming it’s put the sticks the place they’re on an Xbox controller, as an alternative of on the backside like on the DualSense. This may clearly divide gamers primarily based on what they’re used to, however anybody who likes the Xbox format will welcome this transfer.
One of many causes for the hefty value level is the inclusion of Corridor Impact expertise, which makes use of magnets to trace the place of the sticks and the triggers. As a result of there’s no contact made with Corridor Impact tech, there’s no put on and tear, and the chance of stick drift ought to be non-existent. The necessary factor is the sticks are comfy to make use of.
Talking of the sticks, in the event that they don’t fairly really feel the way you’d like them to, a PC and cell app permits you to join your controller and customise varied features of it. You possibly can set the sensitivity of the triggers, assign buttons to the 4 bumper buttons on the again, and tweak every stick’s response curve so its sensitivity most closely fits your tastes.
Although you possibly can tweak this nonetheless you want, there are additionally some presents for the extra fashionable genres. The ‘arcade combating’ preset, for instance, makes the sticks extraordinarily responsive, that means simply transferring them barely makes the stick act such as you’ve pushed all of it the way in which to the restrict.
The ‘FPS’ preset, however, does the alternative and is principally designed for sniper rifles. Right here the sensitivity is lessened, so your crosshair strikes slower than typical whenever you transfer the stick somewhat (permitting for extra correct aiming) then sooner whenever you push it additional.
The controller can be utilized both wired or wi-fi, with the latter claiming a battery lifetime of round 10 hours with all its options turned on. Although we didn’t essentially sit there with a stopwatch, this declare suits with our expertise with the controller – its battery life definitely appeared to last more than the DualSense does. However there’s a cause for that.
Each function the Revolution 5 Professional boasts is about as prime quality as we’ve seen exterior of Microsoft and Sony’s personal controllers. It’s not what it gives that’s the issue, nonetheless, however reasonably what it doesn’t.
One of many downsides of a controller as distinctive because the DualSense is that Sony would very very like to maintain it distinctive. As such, when a third-party firm needs to make an formally licensed PS5 controller, most of the DualSense’s bespoke options aren’t on the desk.
“When a third-party firm needs to make an formally licensed PS5 controller, most of the DualSense’s bespoke options aren’t on the desk.”
This implies the Revolution 5 Professional doesn’t have adaptive triggers, so that you don’t get to really feel resistance whenever you use them. It doesn’t have haptic suggestions, which implies no rumble in any respect whereas enjoying PS5 video games.
It doesn’t join wirelessly to the console by way of regular means – you as an alternative need to plug a USB dongle into the console and hook up with that as an alternative. Nacon tells us this implies there’s somewhat extra latency than the DualSense, although we didn’t actually discover any distinction. The problem is extra that this implies it all the time takes up a USB port on the console, whether or not you’re enjoying wired or wi-fi.
Talking of the console, how one can activate the PS5 together with your DualSense? Sony’s made that proprietary too, so you possibly can’t do this with the Revolution 5 Professional both. The one profit to that is that we lastly discovered which button on our console was the ability button, as a result of it’s the primary time for the reason that PS5 launched that we’ve really had to make use of it. Each time.
The results of all that is that for $199 you’re basically getting half the options of the inventory controller, when on paper, a value level like that ought to imply you’re shopping for the definitive, be-all and end-all controller, reasonably than one thing that may’t even correctly play the Astro’s Playroom tech demo that comes with the console.
The one saving grace right here is that the Revolution 5 Professional additionally has switches for PS4 mode and PC mode. The PS5 helps PS4 controllers (although just for PS4 video games), and when on this mode you do get rumble and the whole lot else works prefer it’s alleged to, apart from the plain want for the wi-fi dongle.
The PC mode, in the meantime, turns the Revolution 5 Professional into a normal XInput controller, and it’s really right here the place it actually shines. With all of the options intact (together with rumble), the Xbox stick format, the Corridor Impact tech and the truth that it’s usually simply exceptionally comfy to carry, this will likely not fairly reduce it as a PS5 controller however it’s one of many perfect PC controllers you may get.
In fact, Nacon makes Xbox controllers too, and these work simply as properly on PC (Corridor Impact sticks apart) for a fraction of the value. Not less than, primarily based on these beforehand launched controllers, we all know that if Nacon makes an Xbox model of the Revolution 5 Professional, it’ll be a much more convincing promote as a result of it’ll have virtually each function, wi-fi apart. We’ll even be capable of flip our console on with it.
Because it stands with this PS5 providing, nonetheless, Nacon has been hamstrung from the outset by a Sony-controlled function set it hasn’t been allowed to make use of. What’s there’s completely first-class, and as a PS4 or PC controller it’s second to none. If you happen to’re utilizing it for its predominant promoting level, nonetheless, you could be dissatisfied by the pressured compromises.