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PDP Gaming Faceoff Wireless Deluxe Controller

Posted by GG Goblin On December - 2 - 2020

PDP’s Wireless Switch Controller Options: Part Three.

 
The final Switch controller option from PDP Gaming that we have been looking at is the Faceoff Wireless Deluxe Controller, and it is very much a case of saving the best until last. With a form that will feel familiar to many, and a few nifty tricks up its sleeve, the Wireless Deluxe will be the controller of choice for the more serious Switch gamers.

 


 
PDP Gaming have been making controllers for a long time now, and their wired controller options, along with the highly regarded Fight Pad Pro, will already be part of many Switch gamers’ kit. Indeed, the Afterglow Deluxe+ controller was a favourite around here. I say “was” because it hasn’t even been touched since the Wireless Deluxe controller turned up.

 
The most important feature of the Faceoff Wireless Deluxe Controller will be fact that it is wireless. Ditching the wires may seem like a minor issue in the world of game controllers, but it really does make a massive difference, especially when it comes to the comfort of being able to sit back and game without having to worry about plugging things in or tripping over wires. In this respect, the new controller does everything it should. It uses Bluetooth tech to quickly and easily connect to the Switch, and has an impressive battery life of up to 40 hours.

 
The form of the controller will be familiar to anyone who has sampled PDP’s wares in the past, or anyone who has used a modern controller. The button layout with the left stick higher than the d-pad and the right stick lower than the face buttons is exactly how players would want it, the shoulder buttons are extend out and are easy to press, and the triggers are nicely curved to fit under the fingers. The usual function buttons, such as the home button, are clearly on the front. The thumb sticks are both responsive and the entire controller has a quality feel.

 


 
The controller comes in a variety of colours, including black, blue, yellow and the lovely pink that we got to try out. It is not a solid colour though as the lenticular camo finish gives the controllers a unique look and feel. The buttons and back of the controller are all in a slightly textured black. Users who want choices when it comes to their controllers will be happy to hear that the Faceoff function is still here in these wireless controllers as the front plate can be removed and replaced with a different one. There is a notch on the inside right of the controller that allows the plate to unclip and be removed. This is a great option, although I have no idea where to buy new face plates as of yet.

 
Carrying on with the Wireless Deluxe controller’s extra functions, there is another reason for removing that front plate. Included in the box is an extra analog stick, slightly longer than the regular ones, that can be swapped out for more precision gaming. Add to this the paddles underneath the controller that bring extra functionality. These paddles can be programmed and used as the player chooses, and are very easy to program using the function button on the front. Paddles and swappable sticks make this the most “pro” controller available for the Switch.

 
When it comes to using the Faceoff Wireless Deluxe Controller, it is an absolute joy. The size and weight are perfect, the hands curl underneath so fingers can rest on the paddles, while the index fingers sit nicely on the triggers and the thumbs on the sticks. Despite the removable front plate, the whole unit feels solid. If I had to find a problem, the charging socket, which is USB Type C and sits on the top edge of the controller, is once again recessed and the hole is too small to plug in most cables. A cable that does fit comes in the box, but it is quite short at just 3ft and as PDP make rather nice braided cables, it seems an oversight that they won’t fit.

 


 
Wireless will always be better than wired for most gamers, but the Faceoff Wireless Deluxe Controller is more than that. It is an incredibly well made, comfortable, customisable controller that also happens to be wireless. For gamers who play Switch on the big screen, this is the Wireless controller that you need. Highly recommended.

 

 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 



 

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