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E3 10; Hands-on with Nyko’s new Raven controller

Submitted by on Tuesday, 22 June 20106 Comments

Third party controllers and accessories tend to be either shoddy imitations of the real thing or souped-up  behemoths costing an arm and a leg.

Nyko have been in this business for over ten years now and have created a wide variety of game accessories at lower costs then their first party counterparts. Some are good and some are bad, but the upcoming Raven controller shown at E3 takes things to a new level with its premium status.

The Raven improves upon the standard controller that Nyko has already produced. In addition to adding wireless, the controller is dipped in a soft feel rubber that coats the entire surface. This coating provides decent grip and is good for those who tend to get sweaty palms when gaming for those long hours.

The shape of the Raven is more akin to the Xbox 360 controller. It’s much bulkier then the traditional PS3 controller and is supposed to conform to your hands better. The shoulder buttons get a makeover as well with their sloped surfaces for better control. It has a very natural feel to it when holding the Raven in your hands.

It comes in two different styles as well. There’s the traditional layout that mimics the Dualshock 3 and then there’s the alternative version that flips the location of the D-pad and analog stick. Naturally, FPS fans will be more interested in this configuration.

The Raven looks and feels like a real controller. It doesn’t seem like some knockoff product where corners are cut to make it cheaper. Everything, including rumble and Multi-Axis (Sixaxis), is present and while a few cosmetic changes have been made, the controller feels right.

While we haven’t been able to test it playing games yet, we have high hopes that it does well in the field. We’ll find out if the Raven deserves its premium status when it releases in late July.