French gaming accessories retailer Nacon has opened pre-orders for its product Revolution 5 Pro Controller for PS5, PS4 and PC. The officially licensed, polished-looking product is listed for 229 euros, or $245, which is about half the cost of a new PlayStation 5. But if you can’t stand stick drift, that might be a small price to pay.
For a while, it seemed as if no modern controller could escape stick drift or the phantom joystick movement that affects game actions. Nintendo offers Switch owners free repairs for its free-wheeling Joy-Cons, and Sony also reported drifting DualSense controllers under its guarantee. However, there are few permanent solutions for each controller.
Nacon then tries to get to the root of the problem. Like a growing number of other manufacturers (and Sega in the ’90s with its Saturn and Dreamcast controllers), it uses contactless magnetic technology powered by a phenomenon called the Hall effect to track the movement of its analog joysticks and triggers. This is in contrast to Degradable potentiometers and springs Life in a typical Joy-Con or DualSense controller.
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“This asymmetrical controller offers revolutionary features to improve precision and gaming performance,” Nacon writes on its website. “Exceeds all expectations with technology optimized for PS5. Enjoy an expanded configuration interface, an improved and ergonomic modular design, all wrapped in high-quality materials for unparalleled comfort.”
In addition to using the magnetic Hall effect for its sticks, the Revolution 5 Pro controller also uses magnets to power its trigger stops. The company is touting its strange-looking D-pad because it appears to have been made in collaboration with his sponsored fighting game player, which he says gives “exceptional control and precision.” As for the battery, it offers around 10 hours of playtime for $245, which is comparable to a DualSense controller (that gives up around the 12 hour mark).
Like many of these high-end “Pro” or “Elite” controllers, the Revolution 5 Pro has various modular parts that you can swap out as you see fit. According to Nacon, it offers “four saved profiles per platform, three sets of weights, three pole sizes, three sets of pole heads, an external microphone jack and no fewer than 60 customization options.” So, go crazy.
The expensive controller, available in white or black, will be delivered from October.