A while back we told you about the PowerA Rogue One controllers for the Xbox One. The company sent one our way and our PowerA Rogue One Xbox One controller review takes a look at the Empire themed black and green Death Trooper version.
The PowerA Rogue One Xbox One controller has the following features and specifications:
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Dual rumble motors
- Impulse triggers
- Hexagon micro-textured undercarriage
- 9.8ft in-line release cable
- Precision tuned analog
- Textured analogs
- Officially Licensed for Xbox One
- Official art from Rogue One – A Star Wars Story
What’s in the box
- PowerA Rogue One Xbox One/PC controller
- User guide
The PowerA Rogue One Xbox One controller is very similar in size to your standard Xbox One wireless controller. About the same width and height, the arms on the controller are narrower and slightly longer and it’s not as angled towards the top as a regular Xbox One controller. The top surface is super glossy due to the printed design, while the underside features a nice textured finish which helps a lot with the grip.
Your button placement is where you’d expect it, with the Xbox button a littler lower than usual and sits between the view and menu buttons. In addition, the view and menu buttons are parallelograms and not circular in shape.
A 3.5mm audio jack sits in the centre of the bottom of the controller, between the arms, while the cable — being a wired controller — is connected to the top of the controller just above the Xbox button. The 9.8′ cable itself is a decent thickness coated plastic, and the last 8″ is connected with an easy breakaway design for those unfortunate times when someone may come along and trip over your controller cable.
Our review unit was the Death Trooper version and is black with “Rogue One DT” and “Death Star Special Forces” text in green on the left-hand arm. On the right-hand arm is a picture of a Death Trooper, while the area around the Xbox button is printed with part of the Death Star surrounding it and the Star Wars: Rogue One logo in white beneath it. The other version is white and features similar Rogue One artwork in blue on the left arm, Jyn Erso on the right, and the same Death Star artwork in the middle.
Ease of Use
Being a wired Xbox One controller, simply plug into an available USB port on your Xbox One console or a Windows 10 PC and you’re ready to get into the action.
The PowerA Rogue One controller is surprisingly comfortable to hold given its slight variation on the Xbox One controller shape. The triggers, bumpers, thumbsticks, and buttons all worked and responded as expected. The D-pad feels a bit soft compared to the Xbox One controllers, and the rumble could be a bit stronger. Overall, though, the controller works and responds well and I had no issues playing any of the games I normally play with it.
It’s also lighter than other controllers due to the lack of batteries and sometimes felt too light but then again I’m used to a heavier controller. I also tested out a few different sets of wired headphones with the controller and had no issues with sound.
I ended up using it more on my laptop than with my Xbox due to my setup (the cable was about 3′ too short for me) but it worked well in both scenarios.
With an MSRP of $49.99USD, the PowerA Rogue One controllers are decently priced. Available at GameStop, they are currently on sale for $39.99USD which is a great price if you’re looking for a Star Wars-themed Xbox One or PC controller.
If you’re a Star Wars fan and are looking for a Rogue One-themed controller, the PowerA Rogue One controller for the Xbox One and PC is an affordable choice that will let you game in style with the Force on your side.
*We were sent a sample of the PowerA Rogue One Xbox One controller for the purposes of this review.
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