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Nice Controller, but could be a little more accurate
on 14 October 2010
Hello, thank you for reading this review;
I bought this controller just for the purpose of playing FPS (First Person Shooters, like Quake, or Call of Duty for example) in the PS3, like I do in the Xbox360 (and original Xbox before that) because I just can't play them (FPS's) with the Dualshock 3 [don't get me wrong, I play videogames since the time of Commodore 64 and Spectrum, Nes, Megadrive/Genesis, Original Gameboy (Black an White screen), Sega GameGear, Sega Saturn, PC, etc) and I own a PS1, and owned a PS2, so I'm no stanger to the Dualshock design and I like the Dualshock 3, but I can't get any accuracy in FPS's with the positioning of the analog sticks so close together and on the same height). The shipping packaging (amazon's) was really good, and I made the order on the 9th October and got the controller on the 14th October in my house (I'm from Portugal).
- The controller is really well built together, feels solid and the buttons are all responsive, except (unfortunately) the L2-R2 (more on that in "The Bad");
- It was really fast to synchronize with the PS3, just power on the PS3, wait for the cross bar to appear and then connect the USB dongle to the console, and connect the USB recharge wire to the controller and the Dongle and the console recognizes it (it came with a little battery, so you can unplug the USB recharge cable as soon as the PS3 recongizes it);
- It has a nice weight (it stays between the lighter Dualshock 3 and the bulkier Xbox360 Wireless);
- The sixaxis works just like the Dualshock 3 does;
- It has a comfortable grip (except for softier skins - more on that on "The Bad");
- It is really good for a 3rd party controller (obviously not the quality pearl that Dualshock 3 and the Xbox360 Wireless are, but all in all it is a very good quality effort); as for the duration (and the rubberized surface quality) I will try to tell in about 6 months if I can edit this review.
The Bad: (edited on 25th January 2011 - downgraded the stars from 4 to 3)
- Sometimes it loses connection when we are more than 2 meters away from the PS3, or when we are behind a metal object that (may) block the frequency!?
- The left analog stick is doing a grinding noise when rotated from the upper left side to the upper right side - iit doesn't feel good to me and it seems it will break anytime.
- It doesn't have Bluetooth connection (it requires the USB dongle to occupy 1 USB port of your PS3);
- The D-pad isn't so good as the DS3 one (for example when you click left it may register down - but only sometimes);
- For some (not for me, because thankfully, I can get up the sofa and turn on the PS3) the home button does not power on the console;
- You need to push the L2-R2 buttons to all it's course for the action to register, or else (if you only press it half way of it's course) it will become erratic (shoots a burst, then stops, then starts shooting again) for example to fire the gun (for R2) or to aim the gun (L2) (fipped default button configuration of Modern Warfare 2) and I feel that it breaks a little of the overall experience...;
- The handles being spike rubberized (the controller is built this way for the people that have sweaty palms, and don't want to have their hands sliding off the controller in long play sessions) is a win/lose situation (the rubber is a little on the rough side, because the spikes are hard, but they're made of rubber anyway) - be aware that if you can't stand little rubberized spikes in your hands you'll hate this controller;
- When you click the L3-R3 (analog sticks) they are a little loud and feel fragile (may be I'm just a little picky and need to see in the future if I'm wrong, or may be my experience with the Xbox360 wireless controller in that you need to input more pressure for it to click);
- Last bad thing about this controller is the dead zone - I don't think that it is so enormous that you can not play, but it is a little bigger than the dead zone of the Dualshock 3 and the Xbox360 Wireless controller, so you need to increase the sensitivity in almost all games, and adequate your playing style to the amount of dead zone, sniping is a good example that you may need a little training, but (in my opinion) it sure beats the hell of the (bad) accuracy of the positioning of the analog stick of the Dualshock 3 gives me!
- I really like this controller dispite it's flaws, but until Nyko Raven arrives (I called Nyko America and only in November will they start shipping that controller to North America, and they don't have yet a fixed date to start shipping it to Europe - don't get it people that have it also complain about deadzones, the same goes for the Gioteck HF-1) it's the only reasonable alternative (I'm sorry, but it's just not durable enough for me to mantain what I said) for Us FPS "freaks" of the Xbox360 to play FPS games properly (and with decent accuracy) in the PS3. Bottom line, if you need the feel of the Xbox 360 controller in your hands on your PS3, buy this controller or any of the other 2 - Nyko Raven or Gioteck HF-1, but don't expect good aiming qualitys due to the deadzones always bigger than Sony's and Microsoft's official controllers, or hope and wait instead for the Razer Onza controller (if it will ever arrive to the PS3 with an Xbox analog layout style).
Thank you for reading! Hope it helps, because when we want to buy something, nothing like real reviews, from real people!
P.S.: I tested the Power A Controller Wirelles with COD: Modern Warfare 2, Killzone 2, Haze (the demo version), and been playing a lot of MAG with it (really nice to play with this controller but it is tough to aim really fast accurately when sniping)