The Nacon Revolution X was announced almost a year ago, and it’s finally available to purchase
NACON has been making its well-received Revolution range for many years, but until now, they’ve only been available for PlayStation and PC. The Revolution X is an officially licensed Designed for Xbox model, which brings wired low-latency responsiveness and an excellent feature set to Team Green.
There are several premium Xbox controllers available now, but the most obvious direct comparison is with Microsoft’s own Xbox Elite Controller. Ergonomically the Revolution X looks very similar, with an almost identical button layout, but it looks to taper slightly more at the top of the handgrip beneath the trigger. The Revolution X comes in a hard case, with a selection of removable and adjustable weights, interchangeable thumbstick and a removable 3m long USB cable.
Where the Revolution X differentiates itself from the Elite controller, though, is the well thought out additional buttons at the rear. I have the original Elite controller, and aside from when I first got it, I never used the paddles at the rear; They are slightly awkward to use, they stop you putting your controller on your knee, and I never got on with them. Instead, NACON has integrated a pair of buttons into the textured-grip handles and a further pair right where my middle fingers rest. As long as they have a strong enough actuation pressure to resist accidental presses, these look superb.
In addition to the replaceable thumbsticks, there are also a set of different diameter shafts, which will reduce the distance the stick will need to move to reach full-lock. I’ve used these on the Azeron Cyborg controller and they’re wicked for fast-paced games. As long as there is a dead-zone modifier available so you can still reach maximum input these will be very handy indeed.
Surrounding the right analogue stick is what appears to be a green LED trim – It’s not clear whether this is customisable RBG or just green, but either way, it gives the Revolution X a touch of unique flair. With the lighting, textured grip patterns and chrome-effect back buttons, I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a premium looking controller.
Rounding off the feature list is an integrated Dolby Atmos license (only applicable when the controller is connected), other audio enhancements such as echo cancellation, and up to four profiles offering full customisation of the extra buttons, stick response curve and input sensitivity.
NACON’s Pro Compact and MG-X controllers are very well made, so I’m confident the Revolution X will raise the bar yet again for affordable yet desirable controllers. Priced at £99.99 (MSRP), the Revolution X costs more than a standard controller, but significantly less than Microsoft’s Elite controllers, and is comparable with the Razer Wolverine V2.
We’re just waiting for more review units to arrive before we give you the full review, but having used the MG-X and Pro Compact controllers from NACON’s new Designed for Xbox range, I’m expecting this to perform well.
The Nacon Revolution X is available now from the NACON website, and other online retailers.