Sony unveiled two variants of pro controllers today on their blog site. The two controllers are being developed by Razer and Nacon and are both officially licensed by Sony. While a an exact time hasn’t been revealed, an estimated time for release is scheduled for the holiday season.
As evidenced by the image, the controllers are geared towards an eSports consumer base, with Sony themselves saying the word several times in their announcement. This isn’t the first time either company has dipped their toes into the gamepad market. Nacon is currently selling two on their website, as is Razer. But this does mark the first time either company has made gamepads specifically for home consoles, and the result is interesting to say the least.
Immediately noticeable about Razer’s take on the controller is the inclusion of microphone/headphone options on the bottom of it. While a lot of headsets these days come with these options built into them, it is a nice inclusion for those with a lesser headset, or even the one that comes with the console itself. Most of the controller is a solid black, except the analog sticks and (what appears to be) hand grips on the back, They are blue, and in line with blue and black theme Sony has with it’s console and brand in general.
Here are the announced features taken from Sony themselves:
- Two extra bumpers and two extra detachable triggers
- Built-in control panel on the front of the controller
- Trigger-stop switches and hair trigger mode for ultra-fast trigger responses
- Two custom profiles which you can instantly switch between and modify
- 3.5mm headset jack and dedicated headset volume and mic mute controls
- Detachable analog stick rubber caps which provide extra grip during intense gaming sessions
- Compatibility with all PS4 systems via the braided 3m-long USB cable – detachable for easy storage
Despite this controller being licensed by Sony, it has a design more akin to an Xbox controller, which took its design cues from the late and great Gamecube controller. The analog sticks seem to be slightly different sizes from each other, and the d-pad is absolutely huge; most likely to accommodate die-hard fighting game players. It is also unclear whether the blue around the analog stick well is an LED light or just plastic. It also follows the black and blue theme, though not as much as the Razer controller does.
Here are the announced features taken from Sony themselves (again):
- 46° amplitude dual analog sticks, enhanced with innovative firmware for advanced eSports accuracy and reach
- Four extra shortcut buttons
- Eight-way directional pad
- Four custom profiles – all configurable via the companion PC application, enabling players to re-map buttons, assign macros to the four shortcut controls and adjust analog and trigger sensitivity
- Two internal compartments with six additional weights – for a tailored balance and feel
- Compatibility with all PS4 systems via the 3m-long secure connection USB cable – detachable for easy storage
One thing that needs to be addressed with these controllers is the fact that they are wired. In a competitive environment, with a lot of controllers being on in the same vicinity as each other, Bluetooth has been known to fail. The wires can actually be removed, but it is unclear as to whether or not they will work in a home environment via Bluetooth.
While there is no announced price for these controllers, it’s probably safe to assume they will rival or match the Xbox One Pro Controller. If you are on a professional gaming team, or just want to be able to adjust your controller to what is most comfortable for you, be on the lookout for these controllers this upcoming holiday season. You can also sign up for updates on the Razer controller right here.