Review | Nacon Revolution 5 Pro controller – In recent years, so-called pro controllers have become increasingly popular. Special controllers that come with extra buttons to give you as a gamer just a little more functionalities. These controllers are intended for competitive gaming, although you can of course also just use them in a casual setup. Nacon is one such party that deals with this. They have been producing the Revolution Pro controllers for years and the one with number 5 in the title is the latest iteration, which is the successor to the Unlimited Pro Controller Should. A controller that should provide you with all the comforts and at the same time offer a lot of extras. We’ve been playing non-stop with this controller for the past two weeks and we’ll be happy to tell you if we liked it in this review.
Nacon is working closely with Sony PlayStation on this controller, which results in an official license. This says as much as the fact that the controller has been officially approved by Sony and is one of the accessories that is seen as legitimate and quality in the arsenal of products. With a suggested retail price of €239.99, the Nacon Revolution 5 Pro controller is a tenner below the DualSense Edge. Still a hefty price point, because there are pro controllers from other brands that are a lot cheaper and offer similar features. Anyway, for this price you can of course expect a lot in return. In that regard, let’s start with the package itself.
In it, you’ll find a nice storage pouch that offers space for everything you get with the controller. This means space for the controller itself with a tray with accessories underneath and a net on the flap, where you can store the USB cable. This gives you a complete package that can be stored efficiently, compactly. The accessory tray consists of additional weights to make the controller heavier if necessary – which can be done by unclipping the black lever on either side of the controller. You can also replace the sticks. The sticks are concaved by default on the controller, but in the box you will also find convexed sticks in two sizes.
The thin one is more or less the same as the concaved sticks, the thicker version is considerably higher, so your thumbs are higher. You can also slide an extra thin or thick ring around the rod with both sticks, significantly reducing the reach for more responsive gameplay. Furthermore, you can close the mini-jack connection by inserting an empty mini-jack plug and the four-point button is exchangeable to effectively a four-point button, instead of a round platter. Changing these components only requires a slide or click, which makes it very easy. Very nice, although it compares well with the other models from Nacon.
Obviously, this controller comes with significantly more buttons than a standard DualSense, but the layout of the base is almost the same as the regular controller. The big difference, however, is that we are dealing here with an asymmetrical controller, which sets it apart from most pro controllers for the PlayStation 5, which are symmetrical. It is also noticeable that the levers are a lot more bulky and honest: this makes the controller feel just a bit more massive and that is an improvement on the relatively thin levers of the DualSense. Yours truly has a ‘normal size’ of hands, but if your hands are a bit smaller this can be a bit of a disadvantage. The part that lies in your palms is equipped with ribbed rubber for more grip, which prevents the controller from slipping out of your hands due to sweat.
Anyway, in terms of comfort it is a nice device and within this it is of course important that the buttons are all within reach. Fortunately, this is the case, which means that we can speak of a good result from an ergonomic point of view. The two primary back buttons come with a nice click. Moreover, they are made of a relatively large surface, so that anyone with their posture can in principle reach them. However, the controller is still equipped with a secondary set of back buttons, a bit more on the levers themselves. Ideal if you want to customize a lot, if it weren’t for the fact that those buttons are very sensitive. As a result, it is not uncommon for you to press those buttons by mistake during intensive games, which can have adverse effects – unless you don’t use them.
Finally, in the middle of the controller at the bottom, you’ll find three smaller buttons. Two of them are meant to regulate the volume, which is quite useful. Although we should note that the volume steps are quite large, so for subtle tweaks you’ll be on the PS5’s system software appropriate. By the way, the middle button is intended for making a connection via Bluetooth. That’s not all, by the way, because just above this we find a slider that allows you to switch between PS4, PS5 and PC. To the left of that is the Profile button to switch profiles and to the right of that is the A/C button, which is again intended to switch between standard and advanced use. Standard means that the controller functions as a normal one, with no use of the extra buttons. If you do want to use it, you can switch to the Advanced mode that allows you to use the four pre-programmed profiles.
A decent controller in the pro segment nowadays offers you the option for trigger stops and Nacon has developed a simple system for this. For each trigger, you can use the switch to determine whether the trigger stops are on or off. This significantly limits the distance between pressing the triggers, which is extremely pleasant in shooters like Call of Duty, for example. Finally, at the top you will find a switch to switch so wireless and wired use and a hotkey to apply the remapping on the fly. So yes, the Nacon Revolution 5 Pro controller is quite a bit of buttons, but one that lets you set up a lot on the device itself.
In addition, all interchangeable elements are click-tight in such a way that you don’t have to deal with loose parts. So the design has been well thought out, resulting in a controller that provides you with everything functionally and also feels good at the same time. It’s an expensive controller and it has that look. What counts here is the sturdy storage pouch. It is nice that you can put everything in here, so that it is easy to take with you. We should also note that the included 2-meter cable is long enough and you will also find a USB stick in the package for the wireless connection, since the controller cannot connect directly to the PS5.
If you’re picking up the controller and playing a game that uses features related to haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, then this is a step down. That’s because this controller isn’t equipped with these features. Rumble is of course present, but this is the standard version as you are used to from the PlayStation 4, for example. It’s a shame the advanced rumble isn’t also present, because for a tenner more, the DualSense Edge does. The downside, however, is that the controller’s battery runs out in a few hours. The battery of the Nacon Revolution 5 Pro controller is significantly larger, because the indication that is given is 10 hours, which is easily achieved.
Customisation down to the last detail
The controller offers the space to adjust a lot on the fly, but if you really want to tailor the whole thing to your wishes, you have to rely on the software (via PC). You can download it free of charge from the Nacon website and we recommend using it. This provides a clear overview of all the possibilities. Basically, the controller is equipped with four pre-programmed profiles: Racing/Sports, Shooter, Arcade/Fighting and Infiltration. You can easily activate these profiles using the appropriate button on the bottom of the controller. These profiles are initially fixed and you can’t customize, but you are certainly not obliged to do it with these profiles.
If you want to create your own profile and set it up exactly according to your needs, you can do that with the software. In doing so, that new profile will overwrite one of the four slots, but this does not mean that the previous profile will be lost. The program will archive the settings, so you can easily restore it to a later point via the software. This will always have to be done via the software, because analog you are a lot more limited in setting up the controller since it is limited to remapping the buttons, although that is only functional on PC. Anyway, once you’re working on a new profile for your controller, you can logically adjust and adjust everything in detail.
This ranges from the software adjustment of the trigger stops, which makes the travel distance even shorter and allows you to react more adequately, to adjusting the lighting effects. This allows you to set the colors to be displayed and you can also adjust the equalizer of the sound chip. Here you also have pre-programmed profiles, which are tailored to the type of game and if you want to make tweaks in them, you get that freedom. Finally, you can adjust the sticks, where you can change the deadzone determine the range of the sticks and sensitivity. This also comes with pre-programmed profiles, where you are given the option to make adjustments within them. In other words, in many cases, the software provides you with a foundation tailored to a specific genre of games and it’s up to you to find the best balance.
Once done, you can go to the Test Area to see if all settings have been applied effectively and if it actually works properly. If something turns out to be wrong, you can return in no time and make some tweaks. Satisfied with the result, you can unplug the controller and get started in the games you play. Finally, we should note that the Revolution 5 Pro controller comes with a new feature: hall effect. This is a technology that determines the position of the sticks and via a magnetic system the controller can react in case of deviations, with which stick drift is tried to counteract. This is a unique point that distinguishes this controller from other controllers and it gives it a significantly longer lifespan, which somewhat justifies the high price.
The Nacon Revolution 5 Pro controller is an excellent option if you’re looking for a pro controller. The only major shortcoming compared to the regular DualSense and the Edge variant is haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. A downside, although it can be argued that you quickly turn off such features in competitive games anyway. In terms of comfort, it’s a nice controller, although the lower back buttons are a bit too sensitive for our liking. Nevertheless, however, we can say that it has everything for the pro gamer or casual gamer who is looking for that extra bit in a controller. Finally, the hall effect is a unique differentiator that gives the controller a longer lifespan and the software is more than fine as ever. The beautiful, included storage pouch completes the picture. Still, the purchase price of € 239.99 is on the high side where there are cheaper alternatives available in this segment, which do have haptic feedback, for example.
- Excellent software
- Customization with accessories
- Good ergonomics
- Hall effect
- No haptic feedback/adaptive triggers
- Lower back buttons a bit too sensitive
- High price