Accessories brand Nacon recently released their $ 50 RIG Pro Compact wired controller for Xbox Series X / S (and Xbox One) consoles and PCs, and I was immediately drawn to it. It’s not trying anything revolutionary, but I have a soft spot for controllers that drastically change the shape of the console maker’s benchmark design. In this case, Nacon is a smaller, shorter version of Microsoft’s latest controller, but the analog joysticks and triggers look just as big – some of the buttons are actually bigger. There is less distance between where your thumbs rest on the sticks and where the triggers are, which should be a boon for people with small hands or those who just want to feel like everything is easily at hand.
It’s a nice little controller. But by momentarily putting the form factor to the side, one of the main features of the Rig Pro Compact is that it has a 3.5mm audio port for headphones and unlocks access to the headphone. Dolby Atmos app on PC and Xbox once you plug it in. With it, you will enjoy the spatial audio advances of Dolby through wired headphones or headphones that you connect to the Pro Compact. It’s a nice incentive if you’re looking for a wired controller, but I don’t consider it a must-have feature.
The purchase of the Pro Compact depends mainly on the size of your hands. As I mentioned, it’s a shorter controller from top to bottom than Microsoft’s, so there’s less distance between the triggers and the buttons. This change, while beneficial for many, has a few ripple effects that could negatively impact your experience, as it did for me.
I have medium sized hands and their small grips fit comfortably into my palms, but the rear part of the controller housing for the triggers gets in the way of where I would normally rest my index fingers on Microsoft’s controller. This probably won’t be a problem if you’re someone who keeps both sets of pointer and middle finger handy on the shoulder buttons (although I haven’t met anyone who uses a controller like this yet. ).
Another change that might be a problem for more people is the relocation of the view, menu, and share buttons. They’re much closer to the Pro Compact’s vital controls than they are to Microsoft’s controller. This one is more picky than the previous one, but it leads to accidental presses during the game. The menu button is therefore near the X, A, B, Y buttons that it seems to belong to this group of inputs. As for the buttons, the tactility of each face button is perfect compared to Microsoft’s controller, although on the back side the rear triggers appear to have shorter pull, making them less satisfying to use.
One of my favorite things about the Pro Compact is its companion app available for Xbox and PC that lets you change the sensitivity of both sticks (in addition to their respective dead zones). It also allows you to remap each button on the controller to your liking, change the actuator actuation distance, and toggle the directional pad between the four-way and eight-way inputs for more control options. Vibration can also be turned on or off in the app. Microsoft lets you adjust many of these settings with its own controllers, but not all third-party companies make the effort to build their own app.
If most of the controllers on the market for Xbox or PC are too big for your hands, it’s easy enough to recommend the Nacon Pro Compact for a try at $ 50. It’s one less thing to connect wirelessly or manage battery levels, and its 9.8-foot braided cord is long and has a detachable connector to let it safely detach if there is any. a force applied to the cable. This is great, but if you have no problem using Microsoft’s Xbox controller from an ergonomic standpoint, there isn’t much here that will make your gaming time more enjoyable. I’m one of the latter group, and while I can enjoy relaxed gameplay with the Pro Compact, it’s hard to turn away from the more familiar and comfortable curves of Microsoft’s model.
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