One of my favourite controllers to use is the NACON Wired Compact Controller. I use it on my PC and I often use it on my PS4 as well. In my review, I wrote that it’s “easily one of the most impressive 3rd party controllers I’ve ever used and I highly recommend it.” I still stand firmly behind that today.
Now though, I have had the pleasure of using another of NACON’s controllers and this one is even better.
The NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller is every bit as good as any official controller and since it’s licensed by Sony, you know it’s got the goods.
NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller Review
Unlike the Compact Controller, the NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller is the same size as a DualShock 4. In fact, it’s actually a little bigger. Sharing more in common with the Xbox One controller, the size and shape of the NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller are certainly more Microsoft than Sony.
That’s not a bad thing. Many adult players complain that Sony’s DualShocks are too small for their hands. The DualShock 4 was a marked improvement over the much-maligned DualShock 3, but it’s still not without its detractors.
One point of contention with the DualShock 4 is its analogue stick placement. The NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller has offset sticks, like the Xbox One and Switch controllers and is likely to appeal to far more players.
The stick layout is incredibly comfortable and will be familiar to most gamers. Additionally, the NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller comes with a range of interchangeable analogue stick heads. I prefer concave stick heads, but if you’re an absolute psycho you can switch them out for convex.
Sticking with Sticks
The sticks are responsive and feel smooth, though they do feel like they have less resistance than the DualShock’s which can make controls feel a bit floaty. Thankfully, the accompanying software lets you adjust the response curve of each stick individually so you can customise them to your requirements.
The face of the controller is identical to a DualShock, aside from the offset sticks, and comes with all the buttons you’d expect. The face buttons are a little large than on the DualShock 4 and are coated with a matte finish rather than the shine on a DualShock 4. They feel a little different to press but I couldn’t really say whether it’s worse or better.
The D-Pad, like the Compact Controller’s, is one big button, rather than four individual ones. It’s not my preference, but I never had any issues with it.
Thankfully, unlike the Compact Controller, I never accidentally hit Share or Options. There’s enough space on the NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller that everything is set out really well.
Turn it Over
The underside of the controller is where things start to get special. Turn the NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller over and you’ll see a Profile button, a wired/wireless switch, a PC/PS4 toggle, in-built headset and mic controls, four customisable shortcut buttons and internal weight compartments.
They don’t call this a Pro controller for nothing.
The NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller comes with four preset profiles which you’re free to change. You’re able to;
- Adjust the response curve of each stick
- Reverse Y-axis of your sticks
- Reverse your left and right sticks
- Adjust the sensitivity and dead-band of each trigger
- Independently adjust the vibration intensity on the left and right hand grips
- Change the right stick light for a custom look
You’re able to open up the controller’s grips and choose between 10 grams, 14 grams or 16 grams. You could also remove the weights altogether if you wanted. I opted to go with the 16-gram weights as I like to feel some heft to my controllers and it makes the NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller a solid, weighty feel that I like.
Again, it’s up to you.
My one complaint about the NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller is the customisable buttons. Located under the grips, they are where your fingers tend to naturally rest, but they’re so close together it’s difficult to press just one at a time. I prefer additional buttons on Pro controllers to be like the paddles you find on the Xbox One Elite controller.
It’s not a deal-breaker as I don’t tend to use the additional buttons often, but if you’re someone who does, you might want to give the NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller a trial before you commit.
It’s really, very good
While an official DualShock 4 is going to cost you somewhere around $100, this bad boy is $300 AUD. That’s a lot of beans to splurge on a controller, however, if you’re in the market for a pro controller, this one is a damn good one.
It’s super easy to use on both PC and PS4 and is a breeze to customise. It comes with a hard-case and braided USB-C charging cable as well as Bluetooth dongle.
I’ve used my NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller almost exclusively for months and whenever I have to go back to the regular DualShock I groan and wish I didn’t have to.
That’s how good this controller is.
It’s not cheap, but it’s definitely worth it.
A NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller was provided to PowerUp! for this review.
Product Name: NACON REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller
Offer price: $300
- A huge number of customisation options
- Heaps of Pro features
- Great for PC and PS4