With the advent of the new generation of consoles, we have already been given a host of freshly unpacked peripherals to connect, connect, and connect to the most illustrious new family. Today is the turn of the Xbox Series X | S-and of course the Xbox One and the ready-to-use PC-Thrustmastere Swap X Pro controller. This is a wired eSwap-focused pad that is determined to change your mindset. The controller is very similar to the PlayStation 4 counterpart.
The secret of the eSwap X Pro party is that you can move the central component and replace it with a replacement component that you think is appropriate. If you want a symmetrical PlayStation-style stick layout instead of the traditional offset Xbox, just pull out the module and switch.
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Thrustmaster also offers a variety of packs to further customize your experience, using three analog sticks (if you have three thumbs?), A pair of cross keys, or different colored triggers and palm rests. I can do it. .. There are also more special options, such as a fighting game pack that helps you shift the layout to six face buttons. It’s all very clever and may look like a gimmick on paper, but the implementation is great.
The underside of each module has a strong magnet that helps secure the module in place within the controller housing. There are also contacts to connect the unit to the actual operation of the controller, but if care is not taken between us if the module is knocked out with a draw or bag, these contacts can be damaged. Have a gentle question. Thrustmaster offers a carry bag for at least the eSwap X Pro, which helps minimize problems. To be fair, most people set up and forget pads to their liking.
The body of the eSwap X Pro has a slightly longer arm than the standard Xbox controller and is less rounded than the official one. It’s smooth without a textured grip and feels “harder” than Microsoft’s latest iterations. That said, it’s still a comfortable controller and fits comfortably in your hand. There is no doubt that long arms will please people with slightly larger palms.
The three removable modules house two analog sticks and a D-pad, which are a few millimeters higher than the official controller. Its extra height allows for more gradual control of the shade, and the concave textured top allows the thumb to stay where it is needed.
If you’re looking for something rounded like a DualShock 3 stick, there are two different tops that you can screw in instead. I am very grateful for the decision not to use the magnetic cap of Microsoft’s elite controller. This is because it’s a continuous recipe for disasters to disappear to the bottom of the draw or roll around the case. Once you’ve set up eSwap X, you don’t have to worry about anything.
This is an elite / esports focused controller with significantly more buttons than the average pad. At the bottom, there are four additional inputs that can be assigned to different functions using PC-based Thrustmaster software, which can be easily placed within the reach of the middle digits. Again, I like Microsoft’s Elite range implementation using eSwap X, which selects round physical buttons instead of the weird additional paddles included in MS. They certainly didn’t get in the way much, and I didn’t feel the need to relearn the controllers to use them.
In addition to the additional buttons, there are two slide switches on the bottom that change the range of the L and R triggers, reducing movement by 50%. If you’re playing a single contraction shooter like Call of Duty that counts every millisecond, Thrustmaster includes an extension because narrower trigger ranges can make a difference between success and defeat. It’s great to see. It still obviously depends on your own reflexes, but there are benefits you should have and eSwapX can provide it.
Other than that, there’s an all-new Xbox Series X | S menu button layout, including a very welcome share button. The eSwap X’s face and shoulder buttons are all digital and you will hear a click each time you press them. Personally, I love the additional tactile and audio feedback they provide, but it can be distracting if you’re not wearing a headset. They have been rated in 5 million presses and this is a lot of reloading hell and throughout our time with them they felt incredibly quick and accurate.
Speaking of headsets, the eSwap X has another party trick for when you’re tired of moving components and actually start playing the game. Next to the central 3.5mm headphone port is a batch of modifiable physical audio controls. With the push of a button, you can turn up the volume, mute the microphone, and switch between the two preset profiles. Great for certain games that require a very special setup.
ThrustmapperX software is a one-stop shop for customizing your controller, clean, clear and incredibly comprehensive. Not only can it be used on Windows 10, but it will also be displayed on Xbox via a dedicated app. Here you can go far beyond simple button mapping and tinker with almost every aspect of the controller’s functionality. You can lower the vibration level and actually delve into the individual stick setup with sensitivity curves and dead zones. It’s also before you start the trigger.
The main competitor of eSwap X is Microsoft’s own Elite series controller. The main aspect that eSwap X loses is the option of wireless or Bluetooth connectivity, as it owns both iterations of the elite controller. Otherwise, it’s much more customizable, more input, personalizable, but boasts a lighter, longer frame. Despite the additional noise, I also like the response of the eSwap X’s digital buttons. Both have an RRP of £ 159.99, but it’s a shame that the Thrustmaster is the same price, despite the reduced connectivity.
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