SCUF Infinity 4PS PRO review: A worthy upgrade for your PlayStation 4 or PC gaming needs

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SCUF controllers are trusted in pro gaming and they provide an elevated experience compared to what you’re probably used to with your stock controller.

TA-ratings-94Gamers are always looking for the gear that’s going to give them the edge in their favorite games. Console gamers are just as serious as the rest, and anything that can elevate the gaming experience is a welcome addition to any gamer’s arsenal. We’ve seen what SCUF can do for the Xbox One, now it’s PlayStation 4’s turn. The SCUF Infinity 4PS PRO is one of the newest available options from SCUF Gaming. Read more about it in our full review.

Specifications

The SCUF Infinity 4PS PRO controller is available with the following features and specifications:

  • SCUF Lock
    • Switch thumbsticks in seconds with the SCUF Ring and Lock system
    • Change from regular to tall length and from domed to concave shape
  • Interchangeable SCUF Infinity Rings
    • Provides easy open & lock system
    • Increases smoothness of thumbstick movement during gameplay
  • Custom color kits
  • Interchangeable thumbstick control area (domed or concave)
    • Designed for professional level performance
    • High grade materials improve grip and durability
    • Available in two heights and shapes: domed or concave
  • Custom shell colors
  • Removeable SCUF Control Disc
    • Transforms the d-pad to a control system similar to a thumbstick
    • Improve the comfort of d-pad use with easier to activate diagonals
    • Especially effective in fighting games where combos are essential
  • Trigger extenders
    • Extend and enhance natural parameters of the controller
    • Caters to larger hand sizes and provides improved trigger control
    • Fully removable and come in two lengths
    • Available in six color options: black, white, red, blue, green, and yellow
  • Quick Shift Trigger Stops
    • Mechanically tuned to make weapon fire a one tap process
    • Primarily used in shooter games
  • Adjustable Hair Trigger mechanism
    • Locate the “sweet spot” during gameplay
    • Especially effective for shooter games
  • Military Grade SCUF Grip
    • Hand crafted high grade grip
    • Provides increased comfort and improves grip
    • Similar to material used to coat military equipment
  • Infinity 4PS PRO Removable Paddles
    • Paddles mimic face buttons and functions, keeping thumbs on thumbsticks
    • Recessed design makes the paddles even easier to reach
    • Play with 0, 1, or 2 removable paddles
  • Electro-Magnetic Remapping (EMR)
    • Allows for fast, in-game paddle remapping
    • Configure paddles to suit play styles for all game genres
  • Weight reduction reduces hand fatigue

What’s in the Box

Box contents will depend entirely on how you’ve customized your controller. Contents as tested are listed below:

  • SCUF Infinity 4PS Pro controller
  • SCUF Lock
  • EMR Mag Key
  • SCUF o.9mm hex key
  • Trigger extenders
  • Product guide
  • SCUF sticker

Box contents will vary based on your customization choices.

Design

The SCUF Infinity 4PS Pro controller has the same overall shape of your standard PlayStation 4 controller, so I won’t go into too much detail about the similarities between this and the Sony Dual Shock 4. There are plenty of differences too though, so we’ll jump right in and talk about those here.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the SCUF controller feels just ever so slightly bigger than a Dual Shock 4 controller. Not enough to be a distraction or a problem, and really it may have just been all my imagination, but for someone like me with bigger hands, it’s a very nice change. The SCUF controller is just very slightly lighter too.

This is just one of many possibly customization options available for the SCUF Infinity 4PS PRO.

Otherwise, the name of the game with any SCUF controller is customization. The Infinity line in particular features an incredible number of options to make this controller truly your own. Everything from faceplate color, button color, rear grip color, thumbsticks, grip, and everything in between can be tweaked to your exact specification. The test controller that I was sent has a nice soft-touch blue faceplate with silver buttons, white thumbstick rings, and blue SCUF military grade grip. The face buttons are not labeled, which may cause an issue if you’re not familiar with the PlayStation controller button layout, but chances are good if you’re looking at these controllers you’ve already got that part handled.

Where SCUF’s earlier Xbox One controllers had paddles, those were usually all attached to a removable plate that attached the paddles to your controller. On the Infinity 4PS Pro, the paddles attach directly to the controller, but can be removed individually with a quick push and twist. I’ll talk more about the paddles and their performance in later sections, but they are placed in a manner that is comfortable to use. It does take some getting used to, having additional paddles underneath your fingers, but the additional functionality is definitely great.

The paddles do take a bit of getting used to, but they work flawlessly once you’re comfortable with them.

Thumbsticks can be easily changed out as well. SCUF’s Ring and Lock system lets you quickly and easily swap out thumbsticks to match your preferred style. Thumbsticks are available in either normal or tall height, and domed or concave tips.

Overall, the SCUF Infinity 4PS PRO is a solid controller. It’s a very familiar and comfortable shape for PS4 gamers, though its tweaks and additions make for an even more powerful connection to your games.

Ease of Use

Pairing your controller with your PS4 is as easy as pairing a normal PS4 controller. Simply plug it in via a USB cable, turn on the system, and then turn on the controller. Your PS4 will recognize the controller and configure it for use on that system. If you want to use it on a different PS4, just follow the same instructions.

Using the SCUF controller on PC is just as easy. You can plug it in via a MicroUSB cable and use it wired without clearing your PlayStation 4 controller setup, or if you’re just using the controller on PC, it should be discoverable as a Bluetooth controller, similar to how you can use a DualShock 4 controller with your PC. One thing to be careful of: your PC will likely try to set the controller as a speaker as well since a speaker is on board. You’ll want to fix that before doing anything else after connecting to your PC.

The extra paddle controls on the back of the controller do take a little bit of getting used to, though really only a very little bit. They’re bound to the X and O buttons initially, and it’s probably best to get yourself accustomed to using them in that way first before getting super adventurous.

Re-binding the paddles is easy using the Electro-Magnetic Remapping (EMR) function on your controller. Simply hold the EMR Mag Key to the back of your controller and it will attach itself (via magnets, it’s kind of in the name of the thing). From there, you’ll want to hold down the paddle you want to change. After, simply hold down the face button you want to map to the paddle for a few seconds. Finally, just release the face button first, followed by the paddle second. EMR works with the left or right button, L3, R3, X, O, Square, and Triangle, and remapping can be done on the fly.

Paddle detail, and EMR lock location.

Your triggers (L2 and R2) can even get some customization love if you want. SCUF has a 3 part trigger control system to help you make the most out of your index and/or middle fingers while gaming. Quick Shift Trigger Locks reduce the travel of the trigger keys, allowing for faster rebound and strike. The Adjustable Hair Trigger Mechanism allows you to find the sweet spot for trigger pressure. Last but not least, available trigger extenders lengthen and add some ergonomics to the trigger keys, which is a boon for gamers with big hands, or anyone that just might want a bit more area to their trigger keys.

Quick Stop Trigger Lock detail.

Most of these options can be chosen or left out during the controller customization process, and it’s definitely nice to know that the options are available if you need them.

Performance

Having read the rest of our SCUF Xbox One controller reviews, I already expected a quality experience and I was definitely not disappointed. The SCUF Infinity 4PS PRO does feel a lot like your standard Dual Shock 4 controller, but just… smoother. The motion on the thumbsticks feels just slightly less rigid, the directional buttons as well as standard face keys feel ever so slightly easier to press. The shoulder buttons in their default state trigger just slightly more easily, and when the L2/R2 triggers are tweaked the shorter travel is definitely faster than the original.

Grip detail.

The additional paddle controls work quite well, though as mentioned previously they just take a little bit of getting used to. The action on the paddles is solid, and you’ll get whichever button you’ve bound to the paddle the instant you hit it.

Battery Life

I found battery life to be pretty much identical to the standard DualShock 4 controller. You’ll be able to get roughly 8-10 hours per charge, though your mileage may vary. I wouldn’t have minded a bit of additional weight to accommodate a larger battery, but at least the battery life is the same and not any worse.

Accessories

I talked a lot about some of the available accessories in the Ease of Use section above, but suffice to say there are quite a few ways to outfit your SCUF controller. From the adjustable thumbsticks, to the trigger customization, down to the color schemes and general look of your controller, you’re able to truly make this controller your own.

Price/Value

The base model of the SCUF Infinity 4PS PRO controller will set you back $129.95USD. That controller comes with the standard SCUF quality, but very little in the way of add-ons or customization. SCUF does have a great offer going on right now where you can choose the Spectrum Fully-Loaded option for $179.95. That will let you add any of the available customizations for one set price. If you think you’d only really want one or two, that may not be the deal for you but adding more than a couple of add-ons raises the price pretty quickly.

For example, the controller comes with the paddles by default, but adding EMR will cost an additional $14.95. The Trigger Lock/Hair Trigger controls will run you another $15 – $17, while the SCUF military-grade grip will run you either $14.95 for black or $17.95 for red, blue or green. By that point you’ve already pretty much crossed the $179.95 mark and you haven’t even completely configured your controller. The Spectrum Fully-Loaded option is really the way to go here. If you play a lot of games on PlayStation 4, PC, or both, you’ll get definite value out of this controller.

This is definitely a quality controller for your PC / PlayStation 4

Wrap Up

There’s a reason why SCUF controllers are trusted in pro gaming. They provide an elevated experience compared to what you’re probably used to with your stock controller. They do come at a premium price, but for the customization and overall experience you’re going to want to see what SCUF can do for yourself.

*We were sent a review sample of the SCUF Gaming Infinity 4PS PRO for the purposes of this review.

SCUF Infinity 4PS PRO

$129.95+ USD
SCUF Infinity 4PS PRO
9.4

Design

10/10

    Ease of Use

    10/10

      Performance

      10/10

        Battery Life

        9/10

          Accessories

          10/10

            Price/Value

            9/10

              Nailed it

              • Very familiar shape for PlayStation fans
              • Added grip is very comfortable to hold
              • Buttons, thumbsticks, and triggers just feel smoother
              • Customization possibilities are fantastic
              • Compatible with PS4 and PC
              • Paddles add extra functionality, but are also removable if

              Needs work

              • A little extra added weight for a larger battery wouldn't have been a bad thing
              • Price may be a bit much for some
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