PowerA moved to step up its peripheral game in 2012, with a sharp new logo and look for its products. I got to spend some time checking out a few of its flagship offerings for later this year during a recent preview tour through New York and folks who take their gaming seriously definitely have some neat toys to look forward to.
Also in the realm of console controllers is the Fus1on, a high-end, tournament-friendly gamepad for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 that is meant to appeal to the eSports crowd. Backlit buttons complements the stylish matte black surface and analog sticks. A small button on the rear of the gamepad can be pressed to cycle the lighting through its five different color options.
The build quality is very nice with responsive, click-y face buttons, a well-defined D-pad, and a thick, braided 10-foot cord extending out from the back of the controller. There's also an included rubber cord management that can double as a bracelet when you've got the Fus1on plugged in. The high-quality build extends to the Fus1on's innards as well, with a metal mechanism under the hood offering more durability. It's the analog sticks and the shoulder buttons, however, which really help this controller's design stand out from the competition.
Seasoned gamers will immediately notice that both analog sticks are shorter than you would typically see on a first-party controller. The thumb grips at the top of each one are also wider, and slightly concave. Taken together, the tweaked analog stick design is meant to offer players more precise control over stick movements. It felt right to me, though some players do prefer more of a raised analog stick (see also: KontrolFreek).
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