To celebrate the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Nacon has teamed up with Activision to release a limited version of their Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller for PS4.
Nacon is known for their high quality third party controllers that offer that extra quality of build and practical functionality. Their controllers are aimed at gamers who want that extra edge in customisation, which was a standout feature for the original Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller.
The limited edition controller sports a new militaristic design using an army green hue on the original rubberised material decorated with cool military symbols including a matt finish which just screams premium and will please Call of Duty fans.
Players will also be gifted with a free code for giving them a weapon charm in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
The build quality is exceptional and even though it’s a bit bulkier than what i’m used to, the size and shape feel slightly more satisfying in your hands than the DualShock 4. The controller also comes with a camo travel hard case which protects the controller when not in use and complements its overall design.
Players will be able to connect their controller in two different ways, through the 3m USB-C cable which works fine on PS4 and PC, or by using the Bluetooth wireless receiver which has a range of 7m, nothing compared to the Dualshock 4’s superior range of approximately 60m.
Another slight issue is the controller won’t be able to switch on your console, not a massive deal breaker for me but definitely something to address with future releases.
What most players will notice straight away is that the layout is quite similar to an Xbox controller, with the left joystick being shifted to the top corner as opposed to traditionally being parallel with the right joystick, it’s basically been swapped over with the D-pad. This may feel weird for PS4 enthusiasts but it’s not super noticeable unless your muscle memory makes you constantly press the D-pad thinking there should be a joystick there.
There are a few more differences with this controller discarding the legacy colour scheme of the buttons for a grey aesthetic. The buttons are also bigger and raised higher, they definitely feel slightly more responsive than DualShock 4.
The controller also has four extra ‘S’ buttons on the grips which can be mapped and used over existing buttons. It’s great to have extra button options but they are hard to get used to, due the awkward positioning low button height.
The shoulder buttons are essentially faultless, other than the noticeable click on the R1 and L1 buttons, alongside the R2 and L1 they feel highly responsive and superior to the DualShock 4.
Players will also be able to swap between 3 connectivity options PS4 Standard, PS4-Advanced and PC-Advanced, each option changes the light on the right joystick and the latter two are needed when making profile changes via the app.
Players can also input a 3.5mm jack and control the volume which is a handy little feature not available on the DualShock 4.
The rest of the design looks like the traditional DualShock 4 controller with the Share and Options buttons with the touchpad between them. There are a few features missing such as the EXT port, the back-light and the built in speaker. Other than the built in speaker which is used in specific games, I feel the missing features are superfluous and will go unnoticed.
The most prominent feature of the Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller Call Of Duty Edition is the extensive customisation that’s available really allowing gamers to dictate their style of play.
The controller comes with ability to place weight under the removable covers in the controller grips. Players will have a choice of placing a 10g, 14g or 16g weight which makes the controller feel that more solid when holding.
Players can also adjust the range of the joysticks with the ALPS system by replacing the metal shaft with one of the other two extras available. This will allow you to switch between 30°, 38°, or 46° which will dictate how far the stick is able to move, this will give players extra options in precision and functionality.
Additionally the controller comes with changeable joystick heads, being able to swap the concave cap and the convex cap. The concave cap works perfectly, the textured grip is flawless compared to the smooth convex cap, I would have preferred two of the concave caps.
The customisation gets really complex after players download Nacon’s PC app which will allow extensive changes. Firstly players can create four different profiles for PC or PS4, there is so much depth here from mapping each profile button’s layout for each to picking a colour scheme which will light up on the right joystick.
The app allows an abundance of alterations such as adjusting the sensitivity of the joystick, modifying the reactivity of the trigger buttons, which will be a godsend for Call of Duty and FPS fans. Players will be able to set how much each side of the controller vibrates.
This customisation is so dynamic and really easy to understand, so I recommend players get to grips with this because it really makes a massive difference to your gameplay. Each profile can be changed on the fly by pressing the Profile button at the back of the controller.
There’s even an option of creating new profiles without the app, which some people may find slightly tedious and lack depth. This can be accessed through standard PS4 mode and by pressing a few buttons players can map their S buttons.
This process can be hit and miss and won’t have all the amazing features of the app but at least there’s an option for those who don’t have access to a computer. Nacon really needs to make this work on the PS4 or mobile in the future as players who don’t have access to a computer are really missing out.
Nacon’s limited edition controller has a great build and performs like a champ, it truly shines as one of the better devices on the market. Once players get accustomed to the extensive and fantastic customisation its potential can be limitless.
New design and free codes are an added bonus for COD fans. Little drawbacks like the S buttons feeling a little awkward at times and limited Bluetooth functionality don’t take too much away from it.
However and I’m being picky here, there needs to be a console or mobile version of the app in the future as the customisation in the standard PlayStation mode doesn’t really cut it. Call of Duty fans and gamers in general will want to get their hands on this controller for sure.
The Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller – Call Of Duty Edition is available now