Review: MegaModz PlayStation 4 custom controller
It’s sharp, but not in a good way.
MegaModz is a nifty little custom controller company that allows you to create your own custom controllers on their website. As you may already know, I really liked the Xbox controller and had a ton of nice things to say about it. When it comes to the PlayStation 4 side of things, well, we have a little bit more to talk about here.
When ordering and designing my custom MegaModz PlayStation 4 controller, I had a few more options that were available that weren’t on the Xbox side. I was able to add specific mods in for FPS (first person shooter) games and also two mappable button toggles on the back of the controller. There was also a really neat LED lighting feature that I jumped all over, because who doesn’t think that stuff is cool? I opted for the same aluminum thumbsticks and d-pad, because I am a man of good taste.
We’re going to start with the negative side of things here because quite frankly, MegaModz has some great ideas but it falls apart on execution. Upon picking up the modded PS4 controller, I immediately noticed that the paddles on the back for the mappable buttons poked my fingers. It first it was a minor inconvenience, but as I spent more time with it, they became an utter distraction.
The paddle on the back for the buttons is a cut material quite similar to what circuit board is made out of. If you have ever poked your finger on the side of one of those, you know it isn’t the best feeling. This is a huge issue because it actually encourages me not to use the expensive feature on the controller, they should have rubberized it or something.
The mods themselves work pretty well – if you are playing Call of Duty. The instructions and the setup for most of the features here were explained for Call of Duty and its Zombie mode but was advertised for all FPS games. I found a few uses in Destiny 2, but not enough that I would have paid $89.99 for the list of features that I had. Honestly, the rapid fire from MegaModz was the handiest feature and I could use that for everything I played. I’m sure this will be much more useful when Black Ops 4 comes out. It was absolutely useless in Fortnite, as well.
On to the positive side of things. The controller itself is built off of the new DualShock 4 controller, so it has the light bar and updated design. I’m super pleased about that because other custom controller companies in the past used really old controller guts for their base. I opted for the obviously super-ugly green rubberized shell, which ended up looking pretty cool and isn’t uncomfortable to hold. The aluminum d-pad and the green aluminum thumbsticks topped the whole thing off as an eyesore of a controller. Yeah, the whole thing looks like I hit randomize on a Dark Souls character creator a few times.
The controller doesn’t have any issues with pulling in any direction, which can be an issue with some custom controller brands. Also, the quality of the build isn’t horrible. Overall, however, I really didn’t like the back paddle design of the controller and the mods themselves felt relatively useless and overpriced. I really like the construction of the MegaModz controllers and love their designs, but I think they really need to put some more effort into the extra features if they ever want to stand out.
A sample unit was provided for the purpose of this review.
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