Professional keyboards and mice for hardcore gamers nowadays. But for those who prefer to dominate the video game console, the market is not so much. You can literally count them on the fingers of one hand. These controllers, of course, very niche, and are worth decent money, when compared with traditional devices, bundled with the console. On one of these controllers I would like to tell you about today. This is a professional gaming controller Revolution Pro for PlayStation 4, developed by engineers of the French company Nacon officially licensed by Sony.
Nacon – quite young, but the promise of a big French company, founded in 2014. She gradually conquering the European market, producing accessories for professional gamers: mouse, keyboard, headset, and other devices. The company actively supports European players and is sponsored by major gaming Championships and exhibitions. Recently she started to produce more and game controllers. First it was the controllers , but to stop there, the French were not going. The company Sony purchased the license to manufacture the first controller that is fully compatible with the popular PlayStation 4 console. And so was born Nacon Revolution Pro, which will be discussed below.
Packing any electronics always seemed to me very important. In fact it forms the first impression of the user from communicating with her new device. Not all manufacturers understand this. Fortunately, the designers Nacon was just one of those people who share my point of view. The front surface of the box with a gamepad is decorated very nicely, emphasizing the stylish design of the device. In the upper part we see the band, performed in the signature blue color of the PlayStation 4. The emblem of the "Official PlayStation Product" is worth it, because it means that the Sony controller is thoroughly tested for compatibility with their games console PS4 and gave the green light to its sales.
The Back and side surface of the box in General tell about the benefits of this controller to the rest of your controllers. It's nice that on the box printed texts in Russian. This means that the Russian audience is important for the manufacturer.
Inside a cardboard sleeve hid here such box. Fold the top of the cover are held closed by magnets. To open this "Pandora's Box", you need to make some effort.
The doors were discovered protective cover, mimicking the shape of a controller and sending us straight to the scene with Han Solo from Star wars when he was frozen in carbonite very similar way. The pad is quite durable and reliably protects the controller from any external influences.
After Removing the cover, we first see the Revolution controller Pro in all its glory. Externally it produces an extremely pleasant experience. You immediately feel the exquisite taste with which the designers Nacon approached the design of this device.
As you can see, visually resembles a hybrid controller gamepads Xbox One and PlayStation 4. And this is not surprising. Most likely, the engineers and designers Nacon focused on those PS4 owners who prefer the location of the analog sticks, typical for controllers consoles Microsoft. That's what happens when people, for whatever reasons, Microsoft moved from the console to the console Sony. If DualShock 4 sticks are located next to each other, the Xbox One controller they are spaced much further apart, and the left stick is raised relative to the right.
The sticks Themselves are significantly higher than in the case of the DualShock 4. This is done on purpose. The developers claim that by increasing their height and the amplitude of the tilt, players will be able to much more accurately aim in a video game. The amplitude of the right stick was increased to 46 degrees. How it will be convenient in games – show practices. We continue to explore the controller.
Catches the eye material soft touch, which is covered by the controller housing. Yes, it really helps in situations when you have sweaty palms, not allowing the controller to slip from his hands. But, on the other hand, it's rubberized coating incredibly quickly collects fingerprints and dust. Even made me a photo you can see the fingerprints, despite the fact that my hands were clean and dry, and the device I practically did not touch.
Controller for all basic control elements of the standard DualShock 4, while it is significantly superior to the Sony controller.
Left stick is provided with a concave rubber cap with a fine texture for a better grip with your finger. Feel it resembles a stick of Xbox One controller. D-pad D-Pad has a very broad petals that almost turns it into a solid disk. By default, it supports pressing buttons for 8 directions. I tested it in the fighting game Injustice 2 and was quite pleased with her behavior. Combo chains and special attacks I have almost always been able to accomplish on the first try. Accidental taps was observed. However, I'm sure that many gamers this unusual cross will not like. How many people – so many tastes.
Button, "square", "triangle", "circle" and "X" was increased by about half. This can be attributed to the advantages of this controller. The inconveniences associated with the change of the size of the buttons, I said no. But pressed, they became much nicer. The right analog stick has a convex rubber cap inscribed with the logo of the company Nacon in the form of a snake, ruzinovska mouth.
At the bottom of the controller is a 3.5 mm connector for a headset or headphones. There are no revelations. Except that just above you see a small oblong light indicator, which we will talk separately, but later.
The Bumpers and triggers are strongly reminiscent of those of the controller for the Xbox One. Except that the bumpers are pressed noticeably easier (the Xbox One Controller they are just unreal tight!). Triggers are sufficiently broad and elastic that prevents accidental actuation when the controller is lying on any surface. I noticed one interesting point: if in the case of DS4, you can put the index and middle fingers of both hands at once on all triggers and bumpers, in case of Revolution Pro this thing ain't gonna fly. Press the button you will have with using only index fingers. Of course, you can get the hand to use middle fingers, right four fingers there will be a bit crowded. Although, maybe it's all in the size of my fingers.
As you probably already guessed, Revolution Pro Controller works exclusively with cable, and nothing else. But the manufacturer is not to blame! Sony just does not allow third-party companies to make wireless controllers for the PS4. Apparently, the Japanese don't want to share with anyone they have developed a wireless data transmission technology, which reduces any delay. Gamepad Revolution Pro uses a proprietary port for connection of wires. Response during the use of cable controllers is improved but to see it are able not all. It is especially in fighting games, where professionals fill terrible combo within a couple of milliseconds between keypresses. I've tested Revolution Pro at the recent remakes of classic games for PS4 (Remastered PaRappa the Rapper, Patapon Remastered) who for reasons unknown to me showed serious Input Lag. Wired controller to my great surprise, allowed almost completely get rid of delays. By the way, for some unknown reason, Sony prohibits to turn on the console gamepads third party. That is, you stick the controller in your PS4, but to turn on the console with the help of it you will not leave. Have to press the Power button on the casing of the console itself. Such things.
The touchpad is moved to Nacon gamepad with DualShock 4 almost intact. Except that its surface is now covered with texture with the symbols of the signature PlayStation buttons. It supports multitouch technology, accurately detects touch and is pressed as a separate button. As you can see, Share button, Options and PlayStation also remained in their places. Except that they added four tiny light indicator showing the user which of the stored in the memory of controller profiles that are currently active.
The Rear surface of the controller is of particular interest to us. After all, there is hidden the additional controls, providing the controller a number of features not available with traditional DualShock 4.
Four keys M1, M2, M3, M4, made in the form of two "kacheek", allow to assign to any button of your choice. They also can tie your recorded macros. So with one button you can perform in an incredibly complex fighting game combo or some kind of tricky shot. Cheating is it? Of course. But in war all means are good. And when playing online nobody will know that you are using this controller. The Mode button toggles the controller between the two main modes of operation. The first mode is called Pro Control. This is the standard mode for gaming leagues. The sensitivity of the controller shown in such a way that all the controls obey the user perfectly. When this beefy active, the controller is highlighted in blue. But when it glows red it means that you have activated the Advanced mode. In this mode, you can fine-tune almost all parameters of the controller to your taste, switch between multiple set up your profile (Profile button), use macros and so on.
When I first removed the controller from ...
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