Other nice touches abound, as in addition to the textured sides, the L2 and R2 buttons on the controller are curled up ever so slightly. I’ve never had an issue missing the L2 and R2 buttons in the past but it does add a lot to have that little but of curve there.
The rest of the buttons and D-Pad are rock solid and as good as if not a little better than what you get on a DualShock 3 controller. Just like the Dualshock 3, vibration is powered by two motors in the controller, and I found the feedback just a little more muted than what I got from the Sony OEM gear. I’m not sure if that’s because the Pro Elite Wireless is a meatier controller or if it’s because the motors are weaker but the rumble wasn’t nearly as sharp. It wasn’t enough of a difference to be a deal breaker but there is a bit of a difference between the two.
I tested the Sixaxis controls by firing up Flower flying around for a bit. The Pro Elite Wireless handled the game with aplomb, as I was able to dance across the fields of the game with ease. Sensitivity felt good but honestly it wasn’t that much different than what you get from Sony’s controller.
There are a few downsides to the controller though. Because Sony protects their Bluetooth codes like the US military treats its nuclear launch codes you have to plug in a USB dongle to use the controller. The dongle is sculpted so that it hugs the curves of your PS3 which helps disguise it when it’s not in use. The dongle features a light on the front to let you know when you have a connection and when it can’t find the signal for the controller.
The second downside is that you can’t use the controller to turn your PS3 on remotely. This means you have to either have DualShock near you to turn on your PS3 or (GASP) get off your duff and hit the power button yourself.
The power saving system in the controller seems to be a bit aggressive side, which isn’t a bad thing. Be warned that the controller does shut off pretty quickly when you aren’t using it which can result in some downtime while you’re waiting for it to turn on and re-connect after a long cut-scene.
If you’re in the market for a PS3 controller and are looking for a controller with a bit more meat then you absolutely need to consider the Pro Elite Wireless. It’s a solid controller with a few nice features and it is $5 cheaper than a new Dualshock 3 controller. You can get a wired version of the controller for significantly cheaper but where’s the fun in that?
* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.
A solid controller that’s perfect for the Xbox 360 owner who just bought a PS3 or the PS3 owner who’s looking for a meatier controller.
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