FINGER ON THE TRIGGER
And that’s before you see the four extra buttons on the back - it’s these that are supposed to make all the difference to FPS fans. They let you keep both thumbs on the sticks, but use D-Pad or face buttons at the same time.
The PC software lets you set any button, combination, or macro to the four buttons. That could mean having one button to pull of a Street Fighter special move, or to switch weapons instantly in Call of Duty. It’ll definitely give you an edge, if you take the time to set it up.
Unfortunately, the software isn’t all that intuitive, and it takes times to plug it in, make your changes, and swap back to your console to test them. At least you can toggle between four distinct profiles on the fly, using buttons on the back of the controller.
The triggers aren’t in the best location, either. They’re a little too shallow for your ring fingers, but if you use your middle fingers then you’ve got to juggle the L1/R1 and L2/R2 buttons with your index fingers. Razer’s Raiju handles this a bit better.
You’ve got to take the time to set them up, and how useful they are will vary from game to game, but they definitely help lift the Revolution Pro above your typical DualShock 4.
Nacon Revolution Pro verdict
The Revolution Pro isn’t without a few flaws. The displaced analogue sticks won’t make serious Sony fans happy, and the D-Pad is a little imprecise for fighting game addicts.
It doesn’t work as a PC controller, either - so you won’t be able to play PC games with it when the TV is being used, or use it with Sony’s Remote Play service either.
It’s built like a tank, though, with metal analog sticks and much firmer rubber grips that should hold up to hundreds of hours of gaming. Sony’s own pads are notorious for wearing away, but that shouldn’t happen here.
Whether it fits your hands or not, it’s certainly customisable - and undercuts Razer’s Raiju by a significant amount. If your favourite games would benefit from a few macros or multi-button combos, the Revolution Pro definitely has appeal, but the Razer is probably the better all-rounder.