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NYKO Raven Wireless PS3 Controller (offset sticks)
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3 out of 5 eggs Worth a Try 03/01/2011

This review is from: NYKO Raven Wireless PS3 Controller (offset sticks)

Pros: - Closest to Xbox 360 feel and shape I've tried yet
- Decent triggers
-All buttons feel solid and responsive
- No connection or lag issues
- Probably worth the price if you can get over the cons

Cons: - There are definitely dead zones, and on my unit they are off-center.
- Shoulder buttons feel fine but are set back further than on the 360 controller, making them less comfortable to reach.
- Many reviews I've read (not here) mention an a/b switch on the bottom of the unit that allows you to toggle the shoulder and trigger buttons. I was looking forward to this since games like Uncharted map the main fire button to the R1 instead of R2, and you can't change the layout in the game settings. This revision of the Raven appears to have removed the switch, and I can't find any mention of a way to activate the functionality, which I assume means the option is gone. Newegg doesn't mention this feature in the specs, so I certainly don't blame them. If you are buying the unit for that feature though, don't.

Other Thoughts: I've tried two other 3rd party controllers as well. On the positive side, this is the best Xbox 360 clone I've tried yet. Unfortunately, that's not saying much.

This controller feels very close to the Xbox controller, but the shoulder buttons are slightly harder to reach and it sits in my hands a little differently.

All the buttons seem fine, and while the trigger pull is not quite up to 360 standards, it is much better than the DS3 and the other clones I've tried.

I'm not an FPS person, so I assumed a small dead zone would be acceptable. There are definitely deadzones on the sticks (this seems to vary from unit to unit, based on other reviews), but the biggest issue I have is that the deadzones on this unit are off-center. In other words, the sticks respond faster when I push them right than when I push them left. The inconsistency makes it very difficult to be precise.

Worth a try if you can't stand the DS3, just don't expect it to live up to your 360 controller.


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