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PowerA Announces Xbox One Controller With Underside Buttons

by Mike Futter on Sep 03, 2015 at 11:28 AM

It seems that more controller manufacturers are cramming more buttons onto the peripherals. Scuf was the first company to launch a controller with underside “paddles” that mimic other buttons, but allow you to keep both thumbs on the sticks.

Others have also decided to use that design approach. Razer offers a controller with additional and customizable shoulder buttons, and Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One Elite has the rear paddles. PowerA is the latest company to announce a design that includes the pro-friendly feature.

The Fusion Pro includes customizable lighting, a 9.8-foot cord, and a 3.5-millimeter audio jack. The triggers have optional locks that minimize the pull distance in shooters when aim down sights or firing. This, in turn, allows you to get in and out of your scope zoom faster and control your shooting more precisely.

The Fusion Pro will be released on October 26 for $79.99. This compares to $150 for the Razer Wildcat and Xbox One Elite. Scuf controllers, which come in a variety of configurations, start at $120 for Xbox One. 

 

Our Take
High-end controllers are reaching the mainstream, with a number of options hitting stores this fall. As with any premium peripheral, if you can get your hands on one to try before you buy, you'll know if that heftier investment is worth it. Seek out demo units if you can.