When the Nintendo Switch was launched in 2017, players could choose how they wanted to play with Nintendo’s newborn hybrid system. However, if you wanted a better gamepad experience than Joy-Cons, you had to get the official Switch Pro Controller. It’s a better emulation of traditional products from consoles such as the Xbox One. We’ve seen some companies try to provide a competent third-party experience since the system was launched, but at this point, most (if not all) Nintendo first-party companies It has not reached the product. One of those companies, PowerA, has withdrawn all outages and finally made first-party Switch Pro Controllers run for that money.
The PowerA Fusion Pro Extended Wireless Controller provides most of the features you need for a premium gamepad. This heavy controller fits snugly in your hand, features a standard button layout familiar to gamers, and features four primary face buttons, two shoulder buttons, two triggers, a directional pad, and an offset analog stick. .. Unlike first-party Switch Pro controllers, PowerA Fusion Pro has a textured grip that makes it more comfortable to hold in your hand. In addition, the controller features Bluetooth 5.0 technology, a 10-foot cable for plug-ins, and a 3.5mm audio jack for playing in wired mode.
Unfortunately, Fusion Pro, like the Nintendo Switch Pro controller, only supports digital triggers (it doesn’t respond to varying degrees of pressure). In addition, Fusion Pro does not support rumble in gameplay. If it’s an important part of the game to actually feel the impact of on-screen actions, this controller may not be for you. However, the controller has been improved in some important areas where I didn’t miss the rumble as much as I thought it would come in.
Fusion Pro also offers a large number of customization options. Like any modern premium controller, you can replace the analog stick. If you don’t like the standard length concave stick, you can equip it with a longer stick or convex stick to give your thumb the best feel. My personal loadout is to use a short concave stick on the left side, a long concave stick on the right side, a white faceplate and a back paddle (more on this later).
Customizing a third-party controller can make the process a bit more complicated and requires the use of special pack-in tools or drivers. With Fusion Pro, you can easily slide it off the faceplate to easily remove the stick you want to replace. Then the stick is mounted under the face plate, so once the new face is in place, the stick is safe. I don’t know how many times I knocked the analog stick from the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller because I’m just using a strong magnet to hold the stick in place. I am grateful for the safety of the Fusion Pro sticks.
The Nintendo Switch Pro controller offers excellent battery life with its built-in rechargeable pack. PowerA Fusion Pro is no exception. In a few play sessions, I didn’t even get a low battery notification. After using it for a few weeks, I finally plugged it in and recharged it the next morning before waking up for another marathon game session. According to the company, a single charge can last for 20 hours, and in my experience that estimate may be a bit low.
The Fusion Pro controller looks comfortable while sitting at the coffee table, but what really makes Fusion Pro stand out is how it plays. I’ve tested it with a list of Switch’s various flagship products and haven’t had any bad experiences. Whenever I defeated Calamity Ganon in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or played a more challenging sequence of Super Mario 3D Worlds, I always felt I had full control over my character.
One of the biggest problems with Nintendo’s Pro controller is the muddy and inaccurate directional pad. I avoid playing games like Tetris 99 because the directional pads on the first party Switch Pro Controller are so bad. However, Fusion Pro fixes this issue and then fixes some. I tried the cross key and played all of Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2 in Switch’s classic game catalog. With the PowerA controller, we were able to accurately platform Mario’s most formative playground. I never felt that all the responsibilities of my lost life were due to the directional pad. Even if there were no other improvements to the Switch Pro Controller, the Fusion Pro d-pad would offer such improvements, but would prefer it to standard first-party products.
I was initially skeptical of the back paddle concept itself, but after playing Overwatch for hundreds of hours with the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller, it’s difficult to play a competitive shooter without a back paddle. .. I launched my favorite first-person shooter on Switch and tested the Fusion Pro paddle. The custom mapping process wasn’t as intuitive as the Xbox Elite (which has its own native app), but it wasn’t too painful. Simply hold down the button on the back, press the face button you want to map, and then press the paddle you want to map.
Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan of Fusion Pro backpaddles. The paddle is slightly more protruding than the Xbox Elite Series 2, so I accidentally pushed it several times. I didn’t accidentally trigger them, but the way they sat in my hands wasn’t as comfortable as I wanted. Thankfully, it’s easy to remove from the controller with the push of a button. You can replace the gap with a smooth cover and feel like a regular gamepad. When I ran it, the controller quickly became my favorite switch.
I prefer Fusion Pro to the standard Switch Pro controller, but it costs money. The retail price of a first-party Switch Pro controller is $ 70 (you can find sales on a fairly regular basis), while the PowerA Fusion Pro is $ 99. In my experience, between the much better cross keys, improved handle grips and customization options, Fusion Pro is well worth the high price.