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PDP Afterglow Deluxe+ Audio Wired Controller

Posted by GG Goblin On November - 11 - 2019

Adding some glow to your Switch experience.

The Nintendo Switch is a great console and the ability to go handheld and take the console out and about is a real appeal. However, when playing the console docked, long term gamers may struggle slightly with the Joy-Cons in controller configuration. Don’t get me wrong, the Joy-Cons are impressive in that they offer multiplayer options out of the box while still performing as a full controller for more involved single player experiences. But to most experienced gamers, they don’t feel as comfortable as a full controller. While the Switch Pro Controller may be the gold standard for full controllers on Switch, it is not the cheapest option and there are plenty of other choices for the more frugal gamer out there. For those who have enjoyed PDP’s Afterglow series of controllers in the past, the glowing lights of the Afterglow Deluxe+ Audio Wired Controller may be difficult to resist.


On opening the box for the Afterglow Deluxe+ Controller, players will be presented with a clear polycarbonate controller, along with a ten foot long cable and a brief but to the point quick start guide. “It’s a controller”, I hear you cry, “Why do I need a quick start guide?”. Well, this controller has a few tricks up its sleeve that make it stand out from the rest of the third-party wired Switch controllers. But more on that in a moment.

First impressions out of the box are good. The polycarbonate casing is crystal clear, letting the user see all of the internal gubbins. It is quite fascinating. The controller body has a very smooth finish that I could see causing a few problems during long Summer gaming sessions, but the solid black buttons and sticks have a black finish that feels like they could stand up to a little hand moisture much better. Of the controls, there are two offset analogue sticks that have a rubber finish and feel quite responsive under the thumbs. You have a D-pad, all four face buttons and all four function buttons, as you would expect. The shoulder buttons protrude well and feel comfortable under the fingers, while the triggers curve out slightly and only have a short throw. But hang on, there is more.

On the underside of the controller, there are a pair of paddle buttons that the player can program to whatever function they wish. I love me a good paddle button, and these seem perfectly workable, presented as a single panel running across the middle of the underside. However, there is a switch next to the panel which, when slid to one side, unclips the panel. I cannot yet work out why you would need that functionality, but there you go.

There is another button set just below the right stick. This mysterious little button is the function button, and it performs all manner of magic.


There is also an audio jack that allows the player to plug in a headset. This gives rise to audio across all games, which works incredibly well, along with USB-chat for titles that support it. Obviously the big draw here will be for Fortnite players, but other games are gradually supporting USB-chat. One of the best things here is that the player is able to use that magical function button in combination with the D-pad to adjust the volume and even mute the mic, which is very handy.

The function button is also used to program those paddle buttons, and the process is quite simple, although having that quick start guide handy is a good idea.

The final use of the function button comes with the highlight of the controller, the glowing lights. When plugged in, the Afterglow controller is able to light up with all of the colours of the rainbow, which is such a cool effect when coupled with the controller’s naked interior. Using the function button once again, the user is able to switch between the different colours available. However, the function button can also increase or decrease the brightness of the lights, and even set different modes so that the colours cycle or fade in and out. It works very well and gives an impressive effect.

The controller feels comfortable in the hands and feels nice and solid. I have no concerns that the controller will stand the test of time well under normal usage. The ten foot cable is removable, which is great for storage purposes, but the plug is too tight to allow the cable to unplug if tripped over. The cable is probably the biggest downside to this controller, as most gamers are now used to wireless controllers. But for this price, it is difficult to complain too much. Missing rumble is also a shame, but again the price is so attractive.


The Afterglow Deluxe+ Audio Wired Controller is currently available on Amazon for the great price of £23.99, making it cheaper than many less impressive controllers. I am sure that the looks of this controller are subjective, but there is no denying the functionality including the audio jack and the additional buttons. Having used a couple of other Switch controllers already, this is now my favourite. Whether you are looking for a decent, reasonably priced controller for your Switch, or a gift for a Switch gamer, the Afterglow Deluxe+ Audio Wired Controller is highly recommended.




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