Nacon Revolution Xbox Pro wired controller review: Premium controller at affordable price

Nacon has released a brand new Xbox controller for eSports professionals.

Available from Argos for £89.99, the Nacon Revolution X Pro Controller is half the price of Microsoft’s very own Elite pad, and very nearly as good.

It’s a feature-packed pad that’s fully customisable, both in terms of button layout and actual components.

Indeed, the controller itself comes bundled with all kinds of optional extras, from additional weights to replacement thumbsticks.

It’s an incredibly light controller without the weights, which Nacon argues is best for extended gaming sessions.

Personally, I prefer a slightly heftier controller, so I instantly popped in the heaviest weights available.

While it does make a big difference to the way the controller feels, I actually would have liked the pad to be even heavier, so here’s hoping future batches add heavier weights.

Fortunately, the controller remains extremely comfortable in the hand, largely thanks to the textured grips and Microsoft’s already excellent design.

Much like the Xbox Elite pad, the Nacon Revolution X features four additional buttons on the underside of the controller for extra customisation.

The shortcut buttons can’t be detached like Microsoft’s magnetic counterparts, but they’re also not as sensitive, which mostly eliminates accidental button presses.

I’m a big fan of the underside buttons, which are especially useful in games like Fortnite, where they can be programmed for building. 

Speaking of programming, the Nacon Revolution X has an extensive suite of mapping tools, which are available through the app.

Free to download and simple to use, the app lets you fully map the buttons, assign various shortcuts, and even change things like the response curve and dead zone for both sticks.

That’s on top of adjustments to the trigger sensitivity, just in case you like your buttons extra squeezy. You’ll never get the triggers to feel like they do on the PS5 DualSense controller, but it’s a start. 

You can store these presets on the controller itself, or use the pre-programmed profiles that cater for driving games, first-person shooters, fighting games and action-adventure releases.

There’s even an option to change the lighting effect on the right analogue stick, which is a really cool – if not particularly useful – feature.

Arguably the biggest drawback is that the Nacon Revolution X Pro Xbox Controller doesn’t support wireless play.

I actually have mixed feelings about this, missing the convenience of playing wirelessly, but not the constant need to recharge batteries.

According to Nacon, the lack of wireless support is a deliberate choice, as playing wired means reduced latency.

In fact, the controller’s 4ms latency is the lowest possible on Xbox devices, which is why the Revolution X is aimed at professional gamers in waiting.

I’d be lying if I told you that I could see the difference, but eliminating the need to keep charging the controller is reason enough for me to jump on board.

With other benefits like Dolby Atmos support, a nifty carry case and reasonable price tag, the Nacon Revolution X Pro Xbox Controller is a fantastic choice for aspiring eSports professionals and casual gamers alike.


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