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A Close Look at Two Officially Licensed Third-Party PS4 Controllers

Now, will they be $150 each?

Today, Sony announced two new officially licensed third-party controllers via the PlayStation Blog. The two controllers come by way of PC accessory makers Razer and Nacon.

Sony is positioning these controllers as the “pro” alternative for who want an edge in competitive gaming. Unlike Xbox’s Elite controller, Sony has no self-made pro controller, so this seems to be the closest thing we’re going to get.


The controllers are called the Razer Raiju and the Nacon Revolution, respectively, and both have mostly the same features with some bigger differences in-between. Both are fully wired and don’t seem to have Bluetooth. Here’s the full rundown.

Razer Raiju

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  • Two extra bumpers and two extra detachable triggers
  • Built-in control panel on the front of the controller
  • Trigger-stop switches and hair trigger mode for ultra-fast trigger responses
  • Two custom profiles which you can instantly switch between and modify
  • 3.5mm headset jack and dedicated headset volume and mic mute controls
  • Detachable analog stick rubber caps which provide extra grip during intense gaming sessions
  • Compatibility with all PS4 systems via the braided 3m-long USB cable – detachable for easy storage

One of the highlights of the Raiju for shooter players will surely be the hair triggers (and the extra pair of triggers on the bottom), which enable faster shooting across most games. Those microphone controls at the bottom will also come in handy, and resemble the remote that came attached to the Xbox 360 microphones. Here’s a back shot of the Raiju.

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Nacon Revolution

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  • 46° amplitude dual analog sticks, enhanced with innovative firmware for advanced eSports accuracy and reach
  • Four extra shortcut buttons
  • Eight-way directional pad
  • Four custom profiles – all configurable via the companion PC application, enabling players to: re-map buttons, assign macros to the four shortcut controls and adjust analog and trigger sensitivity
  • Two internal compartments with six additional weights – for a tailored balance and feel
  • Compatibility with all PS4 systems via the 3m-long secure connection USB cable – detachable for easy storage

The standout features of the Revolution are the four shortcut buttons that can be programmed to your heart’s content, the eight-way directional pad, and compartments to add extra weights for a more balanced feel. Also, the analog sticks are fashioned in the offset style similar to the Xbox controllers across the board. Here’s the back shot of the Revolution.

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Neither Razer or Nacon have anything to say regarding the controllers’ prices quite yet, but you can sign up at Razer’s site to keep an eye on the Raiju, or Nacon’s for the Revolution.

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