Scuf has launched the Reflex lineup of customizable wi-fi controllers made for the PS5 and PC, consisting of three expensive controllers. Pricing begins at $199.99 for the Reflex, $229.99 for the Reflex Professional, going all the best way as much as $259.99 for the Reflex FPS, and every mannequin has its personal distinctive options.
Throughout the vary, the Reflex is constructed upon Sony’s first-party DualSense controller board. Which means it’ll obtain updates through your console and that its characteristic set is nearly equivalent to what you’d get from Sony’s controller (Scuf’s Instinct Pro for Xbox was constructed this fashion, too, mirroring Microsoft’s first-party controller). The Scuf Reflex is rechargeable and helps USB-C charging, and it has a mute button and contains a touchpad — all options it shares in widespread with the DualSense. The Scuf Reflex and Reflex Professional (however not the Reflex FPS) characteristic haptics and Sony’s signature adaptive rear triggers, which may alter the quantity of stress you’re feeling contextually.
So, what does the $120 (or increased) premium for Scuf’s Reflex over the DualSense get you? It will depend on which of the controllers you purchase. All of them come bearing a number of variations that alter the DualSense’s aesthetic and performance, for starters. The faceplate may be eliminated and swapped with a special one (extra colours will are available “the weeks and months” following launch, however black is the one coloration accessible for now). You’ll additionally have the ability to buy totally different colours of anti-friction rings that may be put in across the analog sticks that cushion their motion.
All three fashions of the Scuf Reflex characteristic 4 rear paddles that may be custom-made. The controllers can retailer as much as three profiles, letting you cycle between as much as 12 distinctive paddle bindings, which is useful if you happen to swap between sport genres. Within the field with every controller, you’ll get a number of thumbsticks that may be changed with the inventory sticks: lengthy, quick, domed, and concave.
Each the Reflex Professional and Reflex FPS have a “high-performance” grip round their again to make them simpler to carry. The Reflex FPS is the one one of many bunch that options prompt triggers, that are Scuf’s characteristic that, upon toggling some switches on the rear of the controller, considerably shortens the pull motion. This characteristic (additionally current on the Xbox-specific Intuition Professional) makes triggers really feel extra like bouncy mouse clicks, and that shorter pull may result in quicker actuation to allow you to get the bounce in your opponents. As talked about earlier than, the Reflex FPS lacks haptics and adaptive triggers.
I’ve but to really get my arms on any of the Reflex controllers, however I’m excited that there’s lastly a third-party wi-fi various to Sony’s DualSense coming to market. Although, it’s powerful to name it an alternate when it prices a lot extra. However if you happen to’re within the crowd of people that want Sony would deliver its affordable Back Button Attachment from the PS4 days to the PS5, properly, this is likely to be your solely resolution for now.