Scuf Gaming, one of the leading manufacturers of custom game controllers for the competitive game, has a new device that will come out next month that promises to further improve the capacity of gamepad users. The device is called Scuf Vantage, and is a custom PS4 controller with rear vanes, two additional side buttons and an instant reassignment feature that allows you to customize each of those additional input mechanisms on the fly.
Seems an obvious improvement for serious competitive players and aspiring streamers, but the question remains: do you really need a controller that costs as much as $ 200 to improve your game? Last week, at E3 in Los Angeles, I got a final version of the Vantage. I showed it in the game of most professional streamers and the fans of competitive games are sinking their teeth these days: Epic Games & # 39; Fortnite .
After playing a few games on the exhibition floor and getting acclimated to the back palettes and the new "sax" buttons on the side, as they are called, I can say that the Vantage controller is a serious improvement for the players who prefer a gamepad over a traditional MKB configuration or a XIM adapter. I discovered that the instant reassignment is completely simple and easy to carry out in the middle of the game, while the new asymmetric design of the Vantage handle and the fuller grips help you reach the comfort levels of an Xbox One Elite. Until we have more time with a revision model later this summer, it's too early to call it a forced purchase, but the Vantage felt very good to use.
Of course, adding palettes back to your game of gaming tools, regardless of the device you are using, will necessarily improve your game no matter what happens. For any shooter, being able to reassign buttons like jump and reload the paddles on the back of the controller releases your thumbs, so they can remain on the thumbsticks. That gives you a competitive advantage in virtually any situation. Even if it's only saving you fractions of a second, that extra time and flexibility could balance the scales in an intense confrontation with another human opponent.
For a game like Fortnite however, having those extra buttons is the difference between limiting yourself as a console player and acting at least to the full potential of a mouse and keyboard player in PERSONAL COMPUTER. Fortnite because it has so many different buttons involved that control its ability to build structures from scratch, you can make the most of the four Vantage rear vanes and the new sax buttons on the sides.
For example, I reassigned the jump to one of the saxophone buttons and the activation of the construction mode to the other. Then I mapped each of my four construction functions on each of the four back palettes. Doing so meant that I could jump, go into construction mode and build structures, all without taking my hands off the thumbsticks that controlled the movement of my character and camera.
Okay, other professional custom game controllers, including cheaper Scuf models, let you get all this out. But in fact they are the abundant buttons of Vantage as much in the lateral one as in the later part of the device, as well as its function of instantaneous reassignment that they do it more useful for a game like Fortnite . Reassignment is as simple as activating a switch on the bottom of the controller and holding down the button you want to copy and the button to which you want to assign the function.
It takes a few seconds and it works without having to play with the game software or an additional accessory. In the past, instant reassignment with other Scuf controllers has required placing a small circular EMR device, or electromagnetic reassignment, on the back of the controller and manually reassigning it from there, which involves a break in whatever you do in the game . With the Vantage, that EMR system is integrated, making it easier to access.
The Vantage is not cheap: it starts at $ 170 for the wired model, while the wireless model costs $ 200. After that, it's an additional $ 30 to make any kind of color customization, although the Vantage It is the first Scuf controller with a fully removable faceplate. So you can buy additional customization options and swap them easily whenever you want. That said, the ease with which the driver handles the reassignment and its additional comfort and side buttons certainly make it an attractive option for PS4 fans. The device is scheduled to ship in August, so check here The Verge for a more robust comparison and a summary of the custom PS4 controllers on the market.