ConnectionBluetooth USB dongle & Detachable USB-C/USB cable
Connection:Bluetooth® USB drive and detachable USB-C/USB cable
Cable length (cm):300
LED player indicator:Yes
Battery type:Li-Polymer 1300mAh
Battery life:7 h
Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro review: the best PS4 controller ever made
A PS5 controller in all but name, the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro is a stunning, feature-packed gaming weapon
The Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro is the best PS4 controller ever made. The build quality, features, accuracy, customisation and extras on offer are simply best in class. Sony better take note when finalising the controller design for PS5, as this absolute weapon of pad has just gone and done the next-gen, but done it now.
REASONS TO BUY
Build quality is first rate
Super soft feel with A+ ergonomics
Responsive and super-accurate inputs
Super customisation options
Looks absolutely stunning
REASONS TO AVOID
Presets can only be set up on PC
Cannot turn PS4 on wirelessly from standby
T3’s Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro review is here and, if you want the most authoritative take on the PS4 controller, then you’ve definitely come to the right place.
That’s because ever since T3 originally reported on the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro back in February this year, I absolutely new that I had to get hands on and review the peripheral as, simply put, it looked like a product from the future of gaming.
UPDATE: The Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro just won the Best Gaming Accessory award at the T3 Awards 2020.
Seriously, just check out the launch trailer below to get a flavour of what I mean:
In short, the Unlimited Pro looks like a true next-generation controller, something that should actually ship with the Sony PlayStation 5, so the fact that it is a very real product available right now is incredibly impressive.
I’ve been testing out the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro now for more than two weeks playing PS4 games and what follows is my considered take on the premium accessory. Before we get to the review proper, though, I’ve rounded up the controller’s current pricing and availability info.
NACON REVOLUTION UNLIMITED PRO REVIEW: PRICE, RELEASE DATE, AND AVAILABILITY
More information about the Unlimited Pro, as well as where the controller is stocked in your local area, is available on Nacon’s official website.
NACON REVOLUTION UNLIMITED PRO REVIEW: DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY
In terms of design the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro just drips with premium and class. A simply stunning soft-touch casing with ring-illuminated right thumb stick are just the start, with the Xbox-style shaping, rubberised rear handle grips, plush thumbstick caps, and a lush black colourway with silver accents communicating that this is one very special controller at all times.
The EVA case that the Unlimited Pro comes with continues this high-end aesthetic, with cushioned rests for both the controller and its accessories box (which holds weights and thumbstick extras) also styled up in black and blue.
In the lid of the casing is a cabling net, which can be used to carry the controller’s charging / hardwired connection cable as well as the pad’s USB connection dongle. The case closes with a zipping locking mechanism, too, so you can be sure its contents won’t come free if jostled in a carry bag.
In the hand I was simply blown away by the comfort and build quality delivered by the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro. I’d absolutely loved the feel of the Nacon PlayStation 4 Revolution Pro Controller on review, and this new model felt like that but subtly refined.
The new rubberized rear hand grips genuinely grant more security when the action gets frantic, while the fact that you now don’t have to be tethered via cable to the console means even greater freedom in terms of gaming position.
The Unlimited Pro’s battery level is indicated by a series of four narrow rectangular blue light bars that sit underneath the controller’s touch pad.
NACON REVOLUTION UNLIMITED PRO REVIEW: HARDWARE AND PERFORMANCE
In terms of actual on-controller hardware, the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro comes with all the standard primary inputs for a PlayStation 4 controller, with dual joysticks, a centrally-located PS button, a D-pad, and triangle, circle, X and square, as well as share and options buttons.
However, and as you would expect from such a high-end controller, the Unlimited Pro also comes with four shortcut buttons (S1/S2/S3/S3), which are located on the back of the controller. These buttons can be mapped to simulate other inputs on the pad, to allow for a quick way to execute a certain move in-game for example, and the mapping can be done on the controller itself, too. This on controller mapping is genuinely impressive functionality.
Elsewhere, a fully functional touchpad (which comes coated with a lovely triangle, circle, X, and square repeating pattern), two internal storage compartments and six additional weights to adjust the balance (2x10g/2x14g/2x16g) are also included.
Adding weights to the controller is easy, with the rubberised rear handle grips simply clipping off to reveal a purpose-made weight cavity.
Two pairs of joystick heads (concave and convex) are also included, as well as three pairs of joystick shafts (30°, 38° & 46°). Finally, a well-positioned built-in 3.5mm audio jack means that if you are used to using one of the best gaming headsets on the market today that uses a wired connection then you won’t be disappointed.
Setting up the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro was also very straight forward. Simply plug in its USB dongle, which I was very pleased to see come with a mid-point hinge so that it doesn’t have to protrude out massively from the console, sync the controller and you are away.
One minor annoyance though is that the controller cannot be used to start its connected PlayStation 4, with me having to use a vanilla controller to turn it on before then switching to the Nacon. The fact that if you want to set up controller presets then you have to do so on PC and not on PS4 also isn’t ideal.
Accuracy of triggers, buttons and sticks was simply best-in-class good. This controller absolutely kills in first person shooters, and for any other genre it just delivers. From the hectic and bloody carnage of Mortal Kombat 11, through to outrunning Freakers in Days Gone (and spending a disturbing amount of time pimping out my motorbike) and onto cruising through the skies in anti-gravity classic Gravity Rush 2, I always felt in total control when using the Unlimited Pro. The only thing I had to worry about was my own reaction times!
NACON REVOLUTION UNLIMITED PRO REVIEW: VERDICT
This wrap up is going to be short and sweet. The Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro is the best PlayStation 4 controller on the market and, with only a year to 18 months before the PS5 is slated to hit store shelves, it probably will remain so. It would require a massive play from a rival maker to even match the Unlimited Pro, let alone beat it, and right now I just can’t see that happening.
The Unlimited Pro’s comfort, build quality, features, accuracy and extras are all simply top draw and it really does feel like a controller from a future console sent back in time to smoke every other PS4 pas on the market.
Of course, as ever with high-end controllers, there is the caveat that, in all honesty, for most gamers this is way overkill. Will this controller make you better at games? Yes, but only marginally. If you’re a hardcore gamer or eSports champion then maybe more so for sure, but for the average gamer there really isn’t too much wrong with the stock DualShock 4 controller.
That said, though, if you have the money to ring up the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro and are looking for a premium controller upgrade on PS4, then this is a luxe treat and the absolute best on the market today.
A pure eSports wireless PS4™ game controller. With bleeding-edge technology, the REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller is fully customizable and includes chat and wireless audio functions. Enter the arena!
The REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller combines all of NACON’s technological expertise in competitive gaming on PS4™. Boasting a wireless game mode, it’s the ideal choice for the most demanding gamers.
The REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller is NACON’s first PS4™ controller with a wireless mode. It also offers all the customisation features, both manual and via software, that competitive players need.
The sensitivity of the REVOLUTION Unlimited Pro Controller’s sticks can be easily adjusted thanks to interchangeable heads (concave or convex) and shafts (different diameters). Additional weights can be added to the concealed compartments on each of the controller’s handles.
Thanks to the integrated Bluetooth® receiver, you can choose between wired and wireless mode. It also includes a headset jack for chat and audio features in both communication modes. With the controls on the underside of the controller, you can quickly adjust the headset volume, game mode (1 – PS4™, 2 – PS4™-Advanced, 3 – PC-Advanced) and the controller communication mode.
In PS4™-Advanced and PC-Advanced modes, you can access game profiles created with the included software. And with button mapping, left and right stick response curve, stick and axis inversion, dead zone sensitivity for each trigger, and vibration intensity, the customisation possibilities are endless.
You can even change the colour and brightness of the right stick backlighting for a truly personalised look!
The controller and all its accessories can easily be transported in the included rigid storage case.
ConnectionBluetooth USB dongle & Detachable USB-C/USB cable
Connection: Bluetooth® USB drive and detachable USB-C/USB cable
The Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro offers a lot for those after a secondary or replacement gamepad: a larger, more ergonomic shape than a traditional DualShock controller, a sleek black/gray design, and a lot of options for button mapping and customization.
Developed by gaming accessory specialist Nacon with eSports in mind, the Unlimited Pro is compatible with PlayStation 4 consoles – and PCs, for those wanting a controller input over a mouse and keyboard.
Third-party peripherals are often less reliable than in-house hardware – Nintendo’s propensity to brick consoles using unofficial kit being one notable example. But there’s also plenty worthwhile kit to be found, and the Unlimited Pro Controller is officially licensed by Sony, so there’s no doubt it will work with your PS4, PS4 Pro, or PC.
If you’re doing some recon on the Nacon, we’ve got everything you need to know before making a purchase.
So what does a controller like the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro give you that you don’t have already? If you’re playing on a PS4 or PS4 Pro, you’ll likely already have the DualShock 4 controller that ships with the console. (As mentioned, you can also use the Nacon controller for PC games, though not using the PS4’s Remote Play feature, which is specific to the DualShock 4.)
Compared to the DualShock 4, the Unlimited Pro has a lot more bulk, and is designed to more closely fit the shape of your hands. It also forgoes colored shape buttons (square, cross, triangle, circle) in favor of a sleek gray aesthetic. Where the DualShock aims to fit all sizes of hands, and keep its inputs highly visible, this is a more grown-up toy.
The Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller comes with the kind of hard case you’d expect for a pair of over-ear headphones, making it handy for travel; it feels like it could take a good knock, and has moulded indents to keep the controller firmly in place during transit.
Inside the case is a mesh pouch containing a USB to USB-C charging cable (3m), a USB Bluetooth receiver, and a dust cloth for wiping down the controller.
You also get a number of parts for customizing the size and shape of the controller’s joysticks. Each joystick easily comes apart with a small tug, allowing you to replace the shaft of the joystick with something heavier, or use a convex rubber cap instead of the default concave option (the latter usually offers better grip, but it’s left up to you). There are even 10g, 14g and 16g weights that slip in under the controller’s rear grips to weigh it down more in your hand.
While all of the primary inputs are there – dual joysticks, D-pad, PS button, touchpad, share and option buttons, and the like – there are also four additional, programmable buttons along the back of the controller. Named S1, S2, S3, and S4, these replace the two programmable paddles on the rear of the Revolution Pro models.
These ‘S’ buttons can be mapped to existing inputs, giving you a back-door way of throwing a sly grenade, crouching, or launching a melee attack without taking your thumbs off the joysticks – a valuable option during a fast-paced shooter like Call of Duty or the upcoming Doom Eternal.
What’s most impressive is being able to map these using only the controller: if you hold down the profile button for three seconds you can then select an ‘S’ button, and then press the other button whose functionality you want to copy over.
You can create more extensive presets in Racon’s PC app, which allows you to remap the rest of the buttons (PS button excluded) and alter the sensitivity of the joysticks. Our only real disappointment is that you need to install the app on PC to make your own presets (via theNacon Gaming website), with no option to do so through the PS4 console.
The Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller is a treat to use. The bulked-out shape and rubber grips make it well suited to long play sessions without cramp or discomfort, with hair-triggers and spacious joysticks that allow for far more precise control, along with the button mapping to make your controller work to your preferences; not to mention the option to swap between wired or wireless play, so you’re not stuck waiting for the thing to charge before being able to play again.
The Nacon controller is perfect for shooters, then, where you may need to swap between different mapping presets when you switch to a new weapon or loadout in the heat of battle, while the overall comfort and quality of the build makes it a joy to use for anything from resource management sims to 2D platformers (we sunk a good few hours into Rayman Legends to make sure…).
The LED markers also prove handy for easily tracking what mode and settings are currently enabled on the controller: a blue ring of light around the right joystick for Mode 1’s default play, a red ring for jumping between Mode 2’s preset profiles on the fly, while additional LED indicators show the battery level and whether the microphone is muted (mode 3 is just the second mode for use on PC, and turns the ring an eye-catching violet.)
For the majority of gamers out there, the standard DualShock 4 controller that shipped with your console is likely to be enough for your needs. Those unused to the complexity of surplus buttons, meanwhile, may find the Nacon’s rear buttons hard to find or identify during gameplay, as you’ll need to use fingers that usually only have to grip the sides of the controller.
But for those wanting that extra edge for online play, more control over their button inputs, or just an extra level of comfort for long sessions, the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller is great bet – and with the quality of materials to make this a third-party controller worthy of its official PlayStation stamp.