We test three of the very best PlayStation 4 controllers on the market: Astro C40 TR, TrustMaster Eswap Pro and the classic Sony DualShock 4.
Three good PlayStation 4 controllers for testing.
Gaming is more popular than ever before, and this development has led some of you to have already discovered that here at Mobilsiden.dk we also have a greater focus on it. Gaming on the mobile, gaming on the console, gaming on the PC or gaming streaming on every imaginable platform, there are many possibilities – there is really progress in the development of this category. This time around, we take a look at three of the very best controllers on the market for PlayStation 4, which can hopefully provide some inspiration for Christmas.
The PlayStation 4, and the Pro model, are not exactly new gaming consoles, yet we see more and more manufacturers starting to offer "Pro" accessories that allow for better customization. A good bet on this is the controller, which is the direct link between the console and the player's input.
The new and more expensive custom controllers offer many types of customization, replacement, fine tuning, better design and comfort and much more. However, they also often come with a brighter price tag than Sony's more basic and traditional PlayStation 4 controller. Is it necessary to spend three times as much on a controller? We try to answer that in this test of Astro C40 TR, ThrustMaster eSwap Pro and Sony DualShock 4.
Test: Astro C40 TR
Astro Gaming is some of the world's leading in quality gaming equipment, and one of their latest products is the PlayStation 4 controller Astro C40 TR. TR stands for Tournament Ready and means that the controller is a product developed by and primarily aimed at the professional player. This does not mean, however, that everyone else's normal players have anything to gain by using it. With a suggested retail price of DKK 1,490, the C40 TR is a bit of an investment, but you also get more than Sony's classic DualShock 4 controller.
C40 TR offers interchangeable analog sticks and d-pad modules, interchangeable analog stick and d-pad positions, variable length stick tops, programmable rear buttons, custom software complete with stick and trigger sensitivity control, on-board button remapping, custom profiles and more, so there is ample opportunity to adapt the layout to a needs and desires.
The Astro C40 TR is the best controller of the test. Great quality, super smooth, lots of customization options.
The Astro C40 TR has trigger stops on L2 and R2 as well as great good buttons that can be remapped.
The good thing about the Astro C40 TR
The Astro C40 TR is incredibly solid and comes, as the only one of the three, with a hard shell case that fits well on the controller during transport. The buttons generally have the same layout as Sony's DualShock 4, but it's bigger and heavier. If you have very small hands, the C40 TR may not be for you.
It is an advantage to be able to move around and place the modules as it suits the individual player. But the best thing about the Astro C40 TR is its analog stick precision, for the erultra smooth and makes it easy to control very precisely. I've clearly noticed this difference in games like Battlefield V and Call of Cuty: Modern Warfare. At the same time, I enjoyed the bald "trigger stops" that allow less walking on L2 and R2.
The two back buttons, UL and UR, can be customized with AstrosConfiguration Software, and remapped with the controller's normal buttons. It basically means that I have been able to play without having to remove thumbs from the analog sticks, and thus always been ready to defend myself. It takes some getting used to, but it has saved me countless times.
The Astro C40 TR is not the lightest PS4 controller, but in return it offers up to 12 hours of battery life, which is up to twice as long as Sony's DualShock 4. It also works with PC.
It's hardly good with the Astro C40 TR
There are not many disadvantages of the Astro C40 TR, just beyond the high price and one other thing. Its main drawback is the square, circle, cross and triangle buttons, which have shaped walking and braid for sleep – even compared to those on Sony's DualShock 4.
Overall, the Astro C40 TR is my favorite of the three controllers and the one that I swear by daily.
Astro C40 TR fr 5.5 out of 6 stars.
Test: ThrustMaster eSwapPro
The next controller is ThrustMaster's new eSwap controller, which, like Astro Gamings, is made up of modules so it can be customized to the individual. eSwap Pro is ThrustMaster's first attempt with a PlayStation 4 controller, and it is said to have succeeded really well. The recommended price of the controller is DKK 1,899
The replacement of the modules on eSwap is smarter designed. Where the Astro C40 needs a small included screwdriver, they are stuck in eSwap with magnet and can be replaced completely without tools. According to the manufacturer, eSwap Pro is incredibly durable and buttons can handle up to 5 million prints, and they can be eagerly replaced with new ones on TrustMaster's website, where there are other colors and types. On the back of the controller you will find four buttons that can be remapped with ThrustMaster's software. In addition, the software allows you to fine-tune the controller settings to end up with the optimal weapon.
Unlike the other two controllers in the test, ThrustMaster eSwap Pro requires a wired connection.
ThrustMaster eSwap Pro is also a good controller that is incredibly well built and will undoubtedly last for a long time. It has some really good buttons and precise analog sticks.
One of the TrustMaster eSwap Pro's disadvantages is the four shortcut buttons on the back. They are too small and do not give a proper click feel.
The good thing about ThrustMaster eSwap Pro
There is no doubt that the controller from ThrustMaster is a quality product. It is solid and tough and at the same time has a really good ergonomics, and is slightly smaller than the Astro C40, so it fits better with smaller hands. The guard is at the higher end, but with more rubber on the sides, you have a really good grip on the one who also uses a traditional Sony DualShock 4 layout.
It is incredibly easy to adapt the controller to your needs, and for example, I have put a slightly longer analog stick in the right side, to achieve greater accuracy.
Arrow buttons and Square, Circle, Cross and Triangle buttons are some of the best thing about TrustMaster eSwap Pro, as they are activated at an easy click and virtually no walking. The analog sticks, like the Astro C40, are incredibly smooth and make it easy to be precise when aiming for example. Besides the PS4, this controller also works for PC.
It's hardly good at TrustMaster eSwap Pro
Although eSwap Pro is an excellent and well-executed controller, there are some things that could be better – especially when prices are close to DKK 2,000. The main disadvantage is that the controller does not have a built-in battery and bluetooth, which means it requires a wired connection. Sure enough, the cable is long and of a nice quality, but it doesis just easier with a wireless connection. TrustMaster writes that it is to achieve a more stable connection, which I have never experienced problems with. Also, there seems to be less delay, wired versus wireless.
The next disadvantage is found on the back of the controller. Here are four shortcut buttons that can be remapped for other buttons. The problem is that the buttons are too small, hard to hit and do not give a proper click. I ended up not using these as they were more of a hassle than a benefit.
TrustMaster eSwap Pro is a good controller, but at DKK 1,899 we expect even better.
ThrustMaster eSwap Pro lands at 4.5 out of 6 stars.
Test: Sony DualShock 4
The controller, which is a real classic, and which goes with the PlayStation 4. When the old DualShock is worn out, do you have to replace it with a new DualShock or invest in another? DualShock 4 is Sony's most comfortable and intuitive controller ever, available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. It can be used for both cable and wireless, and at the same time has a somewhat more edible price of 400-500 kroner.
Here there is no option to customize controller buttons as you can with ThrustMaster eSwap Pro and Astro C40 TR, and there are also no shortcut buttons on the back. A somewhat simpler controller for less money.
Sony's DualShock 4 is a classic and also a really good controller. It is far simpler and barely accurate, but also costs much less.
On the Sony DualShock 4, there are no fancy buttons in the back and customization options.
The good thing about Sony DualShock 4
You certainly shouldn't giggle at Sony's DualShock 4, on the contrary. It's a really good controller that meets the needs of most people, and at a lower cost. It can do everything from beginner to elite player – if you no longer need extra customization and fancy software.
DualShock 4 is good in most hands, but is best suited for smaller hands, while at the same time enjoying the lower weight. You get something extra in the more expensive controllers, but Sony's DualShock 4 "gets the job done".
It's hardly good at Sony DualShock 4
Compared to the expensive controllers, the buttons on Sony's shoulders, the analog sticks aren't as smooth, and it seems more plastic-like. In addition, the battery life is somewhat shorter than on the Astro C40 TR. Unlike the other two controllers in the test, DualShock 4 does not officially work with PCs, but can be used with Android and Apple mobiles.
Sony DualShock 4 ends in 5 out of 6 stars.
Is a more expensive controller worth it?
Yes and no. It depends on your needs and what you would like to achieve. If you just want to play some games on your console, the traditional Sony controller will do just fine. But if you want to get even better, be more accurate and maybe appreciate the quality, then it's worth considering a more expensive controller. After a few hours of training and practice, I find myself getting more precise and generally playing better and reacting faster with a Pro controller.
There's no doubt about the Pro Controller, but first and foremost, consider whether you need it, because they're not cheap.