When Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One Elite Controller at E3 2015, many felt that it was only a matter of time before Sony unleashed its own high-end gamepad. The Xbox Elite controller sports a steel construction along with interchangeable paddle-style buttons, among other things. While Sony is more likely to unveil PlayStation 5 before some kind of pro controller, the folks over at Scuf gaming have you covered.
The new Scuf Vantage will be the company’s first officially licensed wireless PS4 controller for the US and Canada. It includes additional buttons, mappable paddle triggers, customized audio options and more.
The big difference here is the side-mounted sax buttons. Described as unique right and left triggers, the sax buttons sit on the sides of the controller right next to the familiar top mounted bumpers and triggers. You also have the option of installing 4 back-mounted paddle-style triggers and full control of audio sources using the touch pad.
You’re also looking at a customized face plate with the choice of different heights on the thumb sticks, trigger button stops and a couple of D-Pad options.
Much like other pro-style controllers and Scuf’s previous gen PS4 gamepads, the controls can be remapped on the new Vantage line as well. That means you’ll be able to make customized button assignments for all those new triggers you have now.
Microsoft’s official Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller still fetches $150 and we were hoping the new Scuf PS4 options might come in a little under that, unfortunately that is not the case. The wired-only model is up for pre-order at $169.95 shipped and the wireless Bluetooth option is listed at $199.95. Both of which are only available in the US and Canada as of right now.
While they might be officially licensed gamepads, $170+ feels a little steep for these. Here’s to hoping for an early price drop. Your typical DualShock 4 runs around $45 and is more than capable for most gamers. Although if you’re looking to match the level of precision and versatility of your PC setup, one of these pro controllers might be your only option. We will be reaching out to Scuf shortly in hopes of a review unit, and more importantly, some exclusive pricing for 9to5Toys readers.
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