The pros and cons of PlayStation 4's pro controllers
The Nacon Revolution and the Razer Raiju are the two professional grey controllers officially licenced for use with the PS4.
We pivot them against each other across a range of categories like button feel, button placement and the accessories that you get.
Hopefully you'll get a good feel.
For both controllers and work out if one of them is the one for you.>> Now the Nikon has made a really good move by keeping the left thumb stick where Sony has had the D pad since the PS1.
The right stick has a rounded logo on the top and I found that cork quite slippery after a little while.
Fraser has gone for the conventional Joe shop joystick placement with the Roger.
They've also included removable silicon covers if you want a different tactile feel to the standard grabber surface.
The revolution's joystick placement is superior, and it's something that Xbox owners have had forever.
The [UNKNOWN] four programmable buttons are all underneath and sit almost flush with the grips.
Two of them are raised to make hitting easier, but I found they needed a more forceful push, which shifted your hands away from the triggers.
I couldn't reliably hit M1 and M2.
The Raiju also has four macros, two on the underside of the controller and two are located right next to the triggers.
They're all really easy to hit.
And if you wanted to you can even remove the buttons underneath leaving the buttons flush with the controller.
Accessing those additional buttons is also way easier on the Raiju.
They've got a on the bottom that lets you assign those macros Play, switch profiles, mute your mic, and adjust the volume.
The revolution has four profiles, where the [UNKNOWN] you could only store two custom settings.
So in the face button face-off, I've gotta go with the Nikon.
I just really like the size and the feel.
I thought the razor buttons were a bit small and a bit clicky.
It's really interesting cause I really like the mechanical keyboard feel and sound of it.
But also the fact that the macros are so much more accessible means you don't really need lots of face buttons.
Providing access to four extra buttons across four fingers also makes a lot more sense than two.
After a few hours of practice I'd completely replace my use of the face buttons with macros.
Leaving my right thumb free to continue to aim at targets.
You can also turn on hair triggering, and reduce the amount of play in the trigger by locking them off.
The revolution requires a dedicated app.
The advantages you get four separate profiles and a lot more customability in terms of sensitivity on your triggers and your thumb sticks.
But you have to put the effort in to get it working properly.
The Revolution also gives you one other way to customize the controller.
It's got internal channels that make you add weight so you can get the feeling while in your hands.
But this just something about the shoulder buttons on the Revolution and the grip that has it feeling A little bit off.
One of the things I find really crummy about the Nacon is it doesn't have an app for Mac computers.
So I can't actually do any of the customization.
On the other hand customizing controls on the [UNKNOWN] is super easy.
You hold down the assignment button [UNKNOWN] And the macro that you wanna map to it.
The control vibrates to confirm and that's it.
We've got to get this one to the Raji, right.
Being able to map jumping, switching weapons, reloading to your trigger fingers.
It just feels so much more natural.
Well this controllers a corded.
The [UNKNOWN] are connected by a micro USB, and the revolution uses a five pin which probably explains the superior audio quality in the Nikon.
The Nikon is just super clear.
I had to turn the volume down because chat was just too good.
Yeah, the Roger, it was a real letdown, especially in comparison to the Nikon.
The unit we tested, it was Worst than a standard PS4 controller.
The Roger silicone grips removable triggers and thumb stick covers make it the better built controller.
It also includes a hard shell travel case while the revolution only comes with a soft carry bag.
The Raiju is the pricier controller but those extras make a decent case for that little bit more.
So I think it's obvious I'm completed sold on the Raichu.
Buttons feel better the macros are easier to access it's just the controller I kept going back to.
I'm inclined to agree I mean it's more expensive but it just felt better in the hand the first time I picked it up.
But it's not perfect
The audio quality was disappointing and two profiles feels restrictive if playing multiple games.
While we preferred the [UNKNOWN], the Nikon does have a lot going for it.
It's a controller for someone who wants to tinker and get it working exactly how they want, and a few of their colleagues and friends were swearing by it.