RIG Nacon Pro Compact Controller for Xbox
The question of whether or not a wired controller has a place in this day and age, the age of the next-gen console, is an interesting one. On the one hand a wired controller offers up reduced input latency and a feel that benefits from even weight distribution. On the other hand, having a cable that runs across an entire room can be a trip hazard for many, or simply something with a noticeable range limitation.
There’s also that age-old thing of “once you go wireless, you don't go back”.
The new RIG Nacon Pro Compact Controller
which is designed for Xbox Series X and S and PC is a wired controller, with a lightweight and comfortable PS4-like shape that puts the d-pad and the left-analogue stick in the positions that the gods intended. The Xbox and Nintendo way. It sports the new Xbox share-button and comes packed-in with a Dolby Atmos for Headphones subscription too. Very cool.
The PS4-like shape of the RIG Nacon Pro Compact Controller might not be suitable for the large-handed gamers out there, but in our own tests the compact feel was comfortable and great to use across PC and Xbox Series X. When paired with the oversized face-buttons and the firm analogue sticks, it gives off a great first impression. That is until you unroll the somewhat stiff but thick cable, which feels a little too rigid.
The PS4-like shape of the RIG Nacon Pro Compact Controller might not be suitable for the large-handed gamers out there, but in our own tests the compact feel was comfortable and great to use across PC and Xbox Series X.
As an officially licensed product the Pro Compact Controller comes in Xbox white or black to suit the next-gen pair that is the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Plus, as per the latest official controller revisions, it features similar textured grips on the underside for that, err, grippy grip action.
- Connectivity: Wired USB-A
- Compatibility: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One & PC
- Features: 3.5mm headset jack, Dolby Atmos for Headphones
- Cable Length: 3 metres
Using the controller across PC and Xbox has been relatively seamless, where in addition to plug-and-play support there’s also the added Pro Compact companion App that gives you the ability to adjust stick and trigger sensitivity as well as reprogram buttons. Having oversized buttons is a nice touch, though on the trigger side the snappiness feels a little too snappy for that proper analogue feel. Plus, the overall layout puts the Menu button a little too close to the X and Y -- though on that front we didn’t accidentally press it when testing a bunch of different games.
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Designed for the Xbox and PC the versatility kind of ends there, though thankfully Nacon has included Dolby Atmos for Headphones and a 3.5mm jack to allow any headset or pair of cans to gain instant access to immersive surround sound. But, seeing as this isn’t all that much cheaper than the official wireless controller from Microsoft it feels a tad limited in its appeal.
Designed for the Xbox and PC the versatility kind of ends there, though thankfully Nacon has included Dolby Atmos for Headphones and a 3.5mm jack to allow any headset or pair of cans to gain instant access to immersive surround sound.
As a smaller and more lightweight option, the RIG Nacon Pro Compact Controller is something we’d recommend for those looking for a portable Windows 10 and Xbox Game Pass controller they can take on the go or move around with little to no fuss. In the end it works pretty much how it looks - like a no fuss smaller version of the official pad that just happens to be wired.