For the Military Minded Gamer the Subsonic Pro Controller Camo Edition

For the Military Minded Gamer the <i>Subsonic Pro Controller Camo Edition</i>

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For the Military Minded Gamer the Subsonic Pro Controller Camo Edition

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by TRACY-MARK GORGAS / Special contributor to NWCN.com

NWCN.com

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 9:24 AM

Do you like camouflage? Are you aiming to trick out your PlayStation 3 controller in camo? Then the Subsonic Pro Controller Camo Edition might be just for you.

The Subsonic Pro Controller Camo Edition has a "soft touch finish" that feels slightly rubbery which gives it a good grip.  The review unit I was sent had a small chunk of plastic on the left grip.  Kind of like a leftover mold edge that didn't quite get snapped of in manufacturing.  I easily removed it making the surface smooth.

The analog sticks have the same "soft touch finish" as the body while the buttons, triggers, and D-pad are all have a normal plastic finish.  The analog sticks have some raised bumps that help grab your thumbs.  The L2/R2 trigger buttons have a slight hook curve that also help with grip and provide a comfortable feel.  Overall this allows your hands to find their natural position.

The Subsonic Pro Controller Camo Edition is a wireless controller that connects to your PlayStation 3 via a USB dongle.  Normally I'm a bit wary of wireless connection like this because various wireless mice I have used in the past have not always stayed connected or had a slight delay reaction. The Pro Controller did not suffer from any delay and the only time it disconnected was during a long cut scene.  It has a built in battery saving function that shuts off the controller after five minutes of inactivity.

The buttons all functioned as they should, no problems found here.  I really liked that slight hook that the trigger buttons have.  It didn't feel like my fingers would slip off and made the pull of the button better.

The vibration/rumble function felt much like any other controller.  It worked with no problem.

There is one drawback, no Sixaxis tilt function.

The battery is a built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery.  The Subsonic Pro Controller Camo Edition gives about the same amount of play time as the standard Sony DualShock 3 controller.  The controller number and battery indicator lights are around the Home button.  They work just like the indicator lights on the Dualshock 3 controller and are in a much better place.

To charge the battery the Subsonic Pro Controller Camo Edition uses the same USB cable that came with the PlayStation 3.  It takes about the same amount of time too.

Overall the Subsonic Pro Controller Camo Edition is a good controller for the PlayStation 3.  I really like the grip and feel, it was very comfortable.   The lack of tilt function might be a problem for some people, but I can't remember the last time I played a game that needed it.

The only other thing that I find bothersome about the controller was the sticker on the bottom for the model number, FCC logos, etc.  When it started peeling up I found myself absent-mindedly picking at it.  No a big deal, I'll probably pull it off at some point.

The Subsonic Pro Controller Camo Edition is a fine controller.  Not quite a full replacement for the Dualshock 3 since it lacks the Sixaxis tilt function, but that function seems to fallen by the wayside for most games.  Unless the tilt function is important to you, I can recommend the Subsonic Pro Controller Camo Edition as a good controller to buy.

For more information on the Subsonic Pro Controller Camo Edition see their web site.
 

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