Competitive performance at a good price
- Manufacturer: Nacon
- Model: Revolution Pro Controller 3
- Supported Platforms: PS4/PC
- Reviewed on: PS4/PC
- Supplied by: Nacon
The Nacon Revolution Pro Controller 3 is a licenced customizable PS4 controller, that is also compatible with PC.
The Revolution Pro 3 is fairly unique in its design and function, not just providing the usual third party controller experience. It is extremely customizable, having 4 additional mappable buttons on the inside of the grips. This in itself is unusual, as most controllers with additional inputs opt for paddles, or buttons in place of paddles, but Nacon has put thought into their design and gone against the grain.
It has paid off in my opinion: The button placement has made them immediately accessible to your fingers as you require no extra movement or change in the way you hold the controller.
These buttons make for the perfect advantage on the battlefield. You can easily assign buttons to perform actions that would usually require you to move your thumb from the analogue stick, now located right where your finger already is.
Beyond the mappable buttons, the Revolution Pro 3 has two removable slides at the end of each grip with space inside to place the included weights. This allows for more comfort-orientated customization depending how much weight you prefer your controller to have. This is a great addition, however, it does make the controller feel a bit bottom-heavy as the weight can’t be distributed evenly.
The general construction feels fairly sturdy, composed almost entirely of hard plastic with a tactile matt finish.
The triggers, D-pad and buttons feel a tad on the spongy side but usable, while the face buttons also seem to be slightly larger than the average controller. The triggers are easily depressed and work well, but they again feel a tad large. I would also have liked to see adjustment options such as a trigger lock on them, as is available on most controllers of this style.
The Revolution Pro 3 connects to both PC and PS4 through a deep-set USB-C port on the back. It comes with a long, braided USB cable that is extremely rugged. You can switch the connection mode through the switch located on the back depending on what device you are connecting to. While you are connected to the PC you can use the Nacon software to customize the different profiles and mappings, then change them during gameplay using the button on the rear. The selected profile is then indicated by the four LED lights along the bottom of the touchpad. The touchpad itself is a fairly standard size and functions properly.
Finally, and arguably the most important part of a controller, the analogue sticks. They are orientated offset the same as an Xbox controller and I find that to be a welcome decision. The right stick is outlined with an LED ring that can be customized with the Nacon software. Both sticks are perfectly functional and are extremely comfortable, but they are on the loose side. They have very little resistance and, while this is likely to be a personal preference, they are far too loose and easy. I personally prefer a tougher resistance but that is always a subjective matter.
The Revolution Pro 3 is an excellent controller for its price, doing almost everything a higher-end controller will do for about half the price. As long as you are ok with a wired connection and a looser stick, you will love the Revolution Pro 3 and, thanks to the programmable grip-mounted buttons, get a good edge in competitive gaming.