Razer Xbox One Controller
While we usually automatically go for the brand that develops the console when it comes to each as far as gamers are concerned, in this case, not only are we admiring an off-brand, but it seems Microsoft is acknowledging the fact this one deserves the same attention. You can find this controller on many sites, but we did notice the fact that Microsoft endorsed this one. That alone grabs the attention because no company with as good of a reputation as Microsoft holds in the industry is going to put their reputation on the line unless the company and its controller works at the same or greater standard. The Razer Wolverine apparently hits that bar and assures its place as deserving of a gamer’s consideration- whether for leisure or as a hardcore player. The Razer also has a similar pull as the Elite, just not quite at the same level. That being said, we would set this as being somewhere between the standard controller and the professional version Elite controller for its build.
If you are looking to be somewhere in the charts of making your way to be a professional player and want to start getting used to customizing your controller, but don’t want to dive in over your head, this is one you will want to think about purchasing. Its variety is just enough to get you into the swing of remaking your controller for your style without having too many options. Not only that but if you are one who despises the way your buttons react when you are playing, either too easy or too hard to get the reaction, this controller offers something we were drawn to in curiosity. If you want to know what had us going “hmm” and going over every little thing about it, read on and find out what makes this an interestingly unique controller. You may find yourself jumping at the opportunity to check it out first hand for yourself.
- No lag
- Easy to use
- Onboard profile support
- Easy to switch controllers
- Works both on Console and PC (windows 10)
- Not wireless
- Only one size of Analog per set
With the ability to put on concave thumbsticks and having a controller with good rubber grips naturally in place, you are also not going to have to worry over losing your grip while playing as you might with some all plastic materials for the hardware. This controller comes with two sets of thumbsticks, one set concave, the other rounded, an interchangeable D-Pad so you can go from separate cross buttons to the faceted round pad instead, and it comes with the USB connection cord to set the controller up with either your Xbox One or PC to play. Unfortunately, this controller does not have wireless support, so you are going to have to work corded, but for some of us old school players, that isn’t too much of an issue. The nice part is that this professional grade (considered by some) controller comes with its case to keep everything in so you do not have to worry about losing the extra pieces when they aren’t in use.
It also has a quick menu button set up along the bottom which allows you to jump to the controller’s app on the One but is not yet supported on the PC. It has an onboard mic with a mute button that is also available on that bottom strip.
The biggest flaw in the hardware is the fact that the controller has a specifically shaped plug for its particular USB cable. Why is this bad? Well, like older controllers that could be unplugged on both ends (and let’s face it, most consoles are this way now) if you lose the cable connector, or it breaks somehow, there is only one way to get reconnected. No one likes being forced into the pocket of a single seller when that happens that usually means you can and will get your pocket gouged by them. So much to our chagrin, if the cord breaks or gets lost, we are likely going to pay a stupid amount to get new on or have to get a new controller altogether. Admittedly, this is a major dropping point for most. So, if you don’t want to have to worry about what you’ll have to do to get an additional power cord, then this may not be for you. If you don’t mind, however, this controller does seem to have an easier set up than most other controllers competing with the Elite.
The way the buttons are set, and where, also makes this controller a Gamers friend, and the reason they aren’t as customizable is that there isn’t much of a need. The buttons are all in easy reach of the gamer’s fingers when playing and moving where they are located (as extra buttons) isn’t really going to make it any easier to use them. One thing we did note is that the Razer has that hard to soft trigger setting right on the controller instead of in some menu, which means you can literally change it on the controller without a menu.
The way the controller is set up to switch out certain [ieces is through magnetics. They seem to hold up fairly decently when it comes to most gamers, but those that press harder or may get overly frustrated when playing will find the magnets might not hold out. This doesn’t mean the pieces will break, or that the magnets stop working as they are designed to, but rather that the pieces might slide or slip off. This is very apparent when or if you have little ones who tend to throw controllers (or if you do!), the pieces will pop off and you may have to go looking for them. If you are playing without such high stress and can control how hard you press and how much pressure you apply, it won’t be an issue, but this is something noted mostly by those who have kids.
The second issue is under development and will eventually be a moot point according to the company, however, and that is that certain features of the controller’s customization are not available on the PC. All of its features are available on the One, but the app doesn’t have quite as much versatility on the computer front just yet. There are promised updates to resolve it, however, so it may not be too far off before the Ultimate is capable of doing everything it is designed to do on the PC.
Will we eventually see it be able to join the full connectivity as the Elite which actually allowed both PC and Mac users to enjoy the controller? Maybe, but since they still have not finished connecting it completely with Windows, it will be a long way off- so make sure what you are looking for is the One when choosing this controller for its full use.
-Comes with cord, extra pieces, and case
-Easy to use
-Rubber grips on the handle as well as analogs
-Very responsive (on the Xbox)