Nyko Raven (Alternative) review: Nyko Raven (Alternative)

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The Good Gives PS3 owners a chance to use an Xbox 360 controller configuration; easy to install; internal battery; soft rubberized matte finish.

The Bad Monopolizes a USB port; unresponsive D-pad; too bulky.

The Bottom Line Though the Nyko Raven PS3 controller provides an Xbox 360 controller configuration for the PS3, its unresponsive D-pad and bulky feel will have you looking elsewhere.

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6.0 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Features 6
  • Performance 6

The general consensus among the gaming community seems to lean toward the Xbox 360 as having the superior controller in terms of playing first-person shooters. Of course the claim is purely preferential, but it's not completely unreasonable to assume that owners of another console would want to experience a universal controller layout across multiple platforms.

Late last year Nyko introduced the Raven PS3 controller, a product aimed at giving PS3 owners the chance to enjoy gaming on their console of choice but with the feel and look of an Xbox 360 controller.

We should note that the Raven is also available in a standard PS3-style analog stick layout as well. The one reviewed here is known as the "alternate" layout.

Nyko certainly has the right idea here, but unfortunately a few deal-breaking annoyances and hurdles hold this third-party controller back from its full potential.

At first glance, the Raven looks more like a jet-black Xbox 360 controller. It's only until further inspection reveals X, O, square, and triangle buttons that you realize it's in fact a PS3 controller. Even the rear bumper and trigger (L1, L2, R1, R2) buttons resemble the 360 design, though the bumpers feel a bit spongy when pressed.

The Raven is covered in a black rubberized matte, which feels great, but almost immediately showed streaks from the natural oils in our hands. The overall shape of the controller is sharp and edgy, but when held ultimately feels bulky. After about a week of testing, we never really got used to the Raven's odd design.

From the side, we can really understand the Raven's bulky chassis.

Earlier we discussed how we imagined PS3 owners opting for something like the Raven because of its 360-inspired analog stick positioning. Since this layout is usually associated with playing a first-person shooter, we immediately thought to try out the Raven with the latest PS3-exclusive shooter blockbuster, Killzone 3.

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