Sony have finally joined Microsoft in the world of elite accessories for console gaming. When Microsoft released there Xbox One Elite Controller back in 2015 PlayStation owners were left out in the dark. But one year on and Sony have finally come around; and by the looks of it the extra time was well worth it! Introducing the Razer Raiju and Nacon Revolution, PlayStation’s first two officially licensed Pro controllers.
Why two controllers you may ask? Well, PlayStation claims this is to give it’s players more controller options to choose, and I for one am not complaining.
“Through close collaboration we’ve been able to help optimise each controller for PS4 – incorporating innovative Dualshock 4 controls and ensuring gamers can enjoy a plug & play experience with any model of PS4.” PlayStation states further.
To say Sony are bringing out the big guns here is an understatement, Razer are a massive name in the eSport arena. Their extensive knowledge in developing eSports peripherals made them the easy choice, Sony say, to create a tournament-grade controller for PS4. Designed for conquering professional eSports tournaments, the Razer Raiju is equipped with advanced controller customisation and ergonomics. Its features include:
- 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 analogue 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
Nacon are another big name in the eSports arena, also developed with the eSport player in mind. The Nacon team of industrial designers and engineers collaborated with pro-gamers to develop the Revolution Pro Controller to meet a wide range of their gameplay needs. Thanks to this collaboration, the Revolution Pro Controller features include:
- 46° amplitude dual analogue 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 analogue 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
With Sony showing much more interest in the world of eSports after PlayStation hosted the Call of Duty World League earlier this year, its good seeing Sony jump on the Pro controller bandwagon. Hopefully its only a sign of good things to come, albeit better-late-than-never in Sony’s case. No official price has been set for the two controllers as of yet however a similar price range to the Xbox One elite controller would be the current guess. Both PlayStation Pro controllers are due for release later this year., with an Australian release likely in the first quarter of 2017.