The Razer Raiju, a high-end third-party controller for the PlayStation 4, will be exclusive to GAME in the UK.
The new controller, which offers greater customisation and more thingmajigs than the standard DualShock 4, will cost £149.99 – an even higher price than the £119 Xbox One Elite controller. Another alternative, the Nacon Revolution Pro, will also be on sale at GAME from December 9, reports Eurogamer.
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When speaking to us in September, Sony EVP of Hardware Engineering Masayasu Ito indicated that the company wouldn’t be making high-end controllers for the PS4 Pro but that other manufacturers might.
“We’re not planning to develop any new controllers for PS4 Pro specifically,” he said. “But there’s a possibility that one of our third party partners may create licensed products – that’s not planned or in development but just a thought.”
The Nacon and Razer gamepads aren’t designed specifically for the Pro and will work on any model of PS4, but it appears that plans for top-tier peripherals were much further along than Masayasu indicated. Both controllers are officially licensed by Sony.
Peripherals marketed at the hardcore audience with a “suitable for eSports” tag are becoming increasingly common. The enhanced features of both the Nacon and Razer pads (below) are aimed at those who take their gaming time seriously.
- Two extra bumpers and two extra detachable triggers
- Built-in control panel on the front of the controller
- Trigger-stop switches and hair trigger mode for ultra-fast trigger responses
- Two custom profiles which you can instantly switch between and modify
- 3.5mm headset jack and dedicated headset volume and mic mute controls
- Detachable analog stick rubber caps which provide extra grip during intense gaming sessions
- Compatibility with all PS4 systems via the braided 3m-long USB cable – detachable for easy storage
Nacon Revolution Pro
- 46 degree amplitude dual analogue sticks, enhanced with innovative firmware for advanced eSports accuracy and reach
- Four extra shortcut buttons
- Eight-way directional pad
- Four custom profiles – all configurable via the companion PC application, enabling players to: re-map buttons, assign macros to the four shortcut controls and adjust analog and trigger sensitivity
- Two internal compartments with six additional weights – for a tailored balance and feel
- Compatibility with all PS4 systems via the 3m-long secure connection USB cable – detachable for easy storage
The controllers add to a spate of hardware releases for Sony in the run-up to Christmas. Between the PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, PlayStation VR, and now these entries from Nacon and Razer, players will have myriad options to upgrade their gaming setup before 2017.
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