The Astro C40 gaming contoller comes from an organization much better identified for its headsets. For years, save for the odd dabble in life-style gear, headsets have been Astro’s declare to fame.

Maybe it’s time that adjustments, although. I’ve spent the final month or so enjoying round with the Astro C40, and whereas it’s not a excellent gadget, it’s clear Astro’s trademark consideration to element may benefit all kinds of premium peripherals. 

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Of course, it’s going to value you. Astro’s headsets are typically not low-cost. Neither is the C40, retailing for a staggering $200. For context, that’s about 3 times the price of a traditional PlayStation 4 controller, and $50 greater than Microsoft’s high-end Xbox One Elite Controller.

That mentioned, the C40 is about on a par with SCUF’s PS4-compatible Vantage line, and isn’t too way more costly than Razer’s Wolverine. Premium controllers are dear.

Astro C40 IDG / Hayden Dingman

The C40 does fairly a bit to justify its price ticket. It’s constructed like a tank, initially—however a tank wrapped in clouds. It’s hefty, however coated in soft-touch plastic that’s each bit as luxurious right here as it’s on Astro’s headsets. When we obtained the Xbox One Elite Controller just a few years in the past I fell head-over-heels in love with it. The C40 is the primary rival I’ve discovered that had the identical fast, out-the-box affect. It seems like a $200 controller.

It additionally has some tips I haven’t seen anyplace else. The C40’s foremost gimmick? It’s a PlayStation 4 controller that’s joyful to accommodate Xbox followers. By default the C40 ships with the PlayStation 4’s normal structure, that means two analog sticks facet by facet. Dig round within the case and also you’ll discover a small hex driver although, with which you’ll be able to take away 4 screws and subsequently a boomerang-shaped plastic faceplate.

Once eliminated, the analog sticks and D-pad pop proper out. In a matter of seconds you possibly can rearrange this PlayStation 4 controller so it has the offset analog sticks of an Xbox controller.

Astro C40 IDG / Hayden Dingman

The C40 isn’t the primary PlayStation controller with staggered sticks—the SCUF Vantage line I discussed earlier options an Xbox-like structure. The means to shuttle is new although, as you would simply as simply swap again to a PlayStation structure for sure titles.

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