Took a while to (AND A FIRMWARE UPDATE) but excellent overall
Avaliado no Reino Unido em 25 de setembro de 2019
I have been a competitive COD player for around 7 years now, going to LANs, competing online for money etc..
I have owned several SCUF controllers in the past, and though they are great when they work, they are not only expensive, but extremely prone to breaking. Maybe I shouldn't expect them to last for ever when I'm using them for 5+ hours most days, but I do. I've been through 3 SCUFs each being repaired by the manufacturer at least once, and I decided to try something new.
Having used Razer mice and keyboards, this seemed the logical buy - not a modified dualshock, but something engineered from the ground up. I got it in the Prime Day sale for £100, so I'm basing this review at least ion part on it being cheaper than a SCUF, but at full price I guess they'd be similar.
My first impressions were fantastic. The controller is really solidly built, feels amazing at fit my hands perfectly. It's much closer to an Xbox controller than a PS4, and the dpad and left analog stick are flipped, which I like. The back paddles have a great click to them, and I love the extra buttons between R1/L1 and R2/L2.
The problems started when I started playing. Firstly, it felt like I was writing with my left hand or something, everything was foreign and well.. I was rubbish. It's easy to overlook how much of you skill in videogames comes down to muscle memory. After 10+ years with a dualshock of some form, maybe it was stupid to think I could switch to a new controller shape and feel no difference. It took a good few hours just to feel even slightly normal again, and on top of that, I was accidentally pressing the added buttons. Every other gunfight I was swapping my weapon out, or reloading, or randomly jumping around as I pressed the paddle accidentally, or my hand brushed the little button. But it got better. After around a week of constant use, I felt more comfortable, and after a month it was like nothing had ever changed. I would advise you to persevere. You can disable the additional buttons, but I want to get used to actually using them. I'm still pressing square and triangle, but trying to teach myself to use the buttons, as they do offer a very slight benefit.
The other big problem was the 'drift'. I don't know exactly how to describe it, but occasionally you would move the stick and half a second later, it would input the command. At first this was extremely frustrating, but after doing the firmware update (I found this by googling, they don't telly you anywhere you need to do it which is frustrating), all the problems went away.
I use this controller exclusively wired, and haven't tried it out with bluetooth or PC yet. A lot of the reviews say this is where the problems are, so I would take that into consideration if you don't play wired.
Overall I am really happy with the purchase. It took a good while to get used to, but stick with it and the results will show. I'm yet to mess around with the customisation, but it could be useful going forward. The main question I have is will it still be as good in 6 months, a year, after constant use? I hope so, it feels extremely well made, but I will update this review if it ever lets me down!
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