Nacon has only been around for a couple of years, but they have a long game-making history as Bigben Interactive. They are also in the gaming peripheral market and have sent over the Revolution X Pro. Let’s take a closer look and see why this might be for you…
Nacon Revolution X Pro: Specifications
- Connection: Detachable USB-C/USB cable
- Wireless: No
- Cable included: Yes
- Cable length (cm): 300
- Software: Yes
- Headset jack: Yes
- Surround sound: Dolby Atmos for Headphones
- Joystick position: Asymmetric
- Profiles: Yes
- Programmable buttons: Yes
- Backlighting: RGB
- Compatibility: Windows/XBOX Series/XBOX One
- Dave Available: 13/10/2021
- SKU: XBXREVOLUTIONX
Product page: HERE
Nacon Revolution X Pro: Unboxing and Closer Look
Taking a look at the box, Nacon has used a white box with large photos of the controller as well as the product name. It also shows the included cable length of 3m and that the controller supports Dolby ATMOS when connecting headsets to the 3.5mm jack.
The rear side of the box shows the included carry case and accessories and a few photos of the software package, more on that below.
The sides of the box provide some specifications in 6 languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian.
Opening the box, we are greeted with the controller inside its travel case. The travel case is black in colour with green accenting on the zipper. It is a fairly solid case and I have no qualms that it will keep the controller safe inside it. It has a zip that covers all but the top section which folds when opening.
Disappointingly, the case came sitting in this moulded plastic clamshell. Nacon has lost points with us here as we are promoting the non-use of plastic in packaging where cardboard can be used instead, as is the case here.
Opening the case, we find a nice soft fibre cleaning cloth, the controller itself, the 3m cable, and the accessory box.
The 3m cable is black in colour, has a nice quality braid, and has a USB Type-A to Type-C connector, with the Type-C plugging into the controller.
The accessory box comes complete with additional weights: 2x10g, 2x14g and 2x16g in total. it also comes with two pairs of joystick shafts, these shafts have different thicknesses to decrease the turning radius offered when you need more precision.
Finally, Nacon has added a pair of additional joystick heads. These are convex in shape, as opposed to the fitted pair which are concave.
An up-close look at the controller and we can see the standard Xbox controller layout, it’s about the same size as a standard controller. It’s also only available in black and has a plastic construction, which looks and feels solid to touch.
Things that make it stand out from the original are the SHARE button, though what it does I couldn’t tell you as pressing it did nothing either in or out of a game.
Immediately below the Xbox button and the light ring around the right-hand thumbstick.
Turning it over is where things get a lot more interesting. Starting in the middle, we have a mode switch, this switch has CLASSIC and ADVANCED options. The right-hand button is pressed to switch between one of four “advanced” or what I’d call custom-made profiles, more on that below.
Either side of these buttons are the S1, S2, S3, and S4 buttons, these are customisable buttons that work much like the Xbox Elite controller, for example.
A better view of the bottom side offers up a better look at the position of the S buttons, these are in the perfect spot to be pressed by your middle and ring fingers comfortably. The 3.5mm headset port can be found in the typical location. However, this port has Dolby ATMOS support when connected to a PC. Another nice addition to the overall package!
A view from the top of the controller shows us the USB Type-C connector, which is slightly recessed giving the connector a nice snug fit which will also help with longevity, as well as the LB, LT, RB, and RT triggers.
Showing some of the customisability options, the thumbpads can be pulled off and replaced with either concave or convex pads, to your preference. When removed is also when you would add the joystick shafts should you wish.
Turning the controller back over and removing the covers on the hand grips, we can see where you would install the included weights. Again, a pair of 10g, 14g, and 16g weights are included.
Nacon Revolution X Pro: Software
Taking a look at the software, which is available on the Windows Store and Xbox console, we are greeted with a “welcome” screen. From here we have the option to update the controller, which for me on the PC didn’t work. As well as, opening the “Management of profiles” button.
The profile screen lets you select between the 4 profiles, of which Nacon have pre-configured them for you:
- Arcade Fighting
These profiles can also be edited as you like to your preference.
These menus allow the changing of buttons to whatever else you’d prefer. Each and every button and trigger can be altered on both the front and back of the controller.
Overall, the software package is decent enough and has everything you’d need to configure how you want.
Nacon Revolution X Pro: The Verdict
The overall aesthetic of the Revolution X Pro is that of a black plastic Xbox controller, and it is. However, the overall construction is plastic, but it’s done to a high standard and has textured edges in places where it’s needed, where your palms and fingers make contact with it.
The LED ring around the right thumbstick adds positively to the look and has 5 distinct colours. The GENERAL profile is Green and the ADVANCED profiles are Turquoise, Red, Orange and Blue which highlight what profile you have selected.
Overall, it’s very solid, which gives indicates that thought has gone into making sure it’ll survive drops, knocks and the occasional rage quit. Does anyone else get that with Rocket League?!
All buttons look and feel like they’ve been produced to take a lot of use, though the buttons don’t feel as good as they do on the MG-X Pro mobile controller that I looked at recently, which is a shame! Though they’re still decent and it’s clear they will survive a lot of use.
The analogue thumbstick and triggers feel excellent and there wasn’t a single point I wasn’t enjoying using the Revolution X as a controller on the PC, making games where I use a controller an enjoyable experience, so much so that I’ll be keeping this one around – for, ehm, longevity testing and certainly not only because I like it!
Under the hood, or really, the rear of the controller is where the magic is happening with the additional buttons which can be configured to be whatever button press you like. Helpful when you’re in hard-hitting fast action FPS, racing and fighting games.
The included USB Type-C cable is plenty long enough at 300cm. The braid is of excellent quality and the long connectors at either end give the impression that the cable is built to last. It’s also great that it has a USB Type-C connector at the controller end, making replacing the cable easy should it get lost or broken.
The inclusion of the hard-shell carry case, and the additional weights, thumbpads, and joystick bars all add to the premium feel Nacon was aiming for with the Revolution X Pro.
Now, at £99.99 in the UK at the time of writing, the Revolution X Pro isn’t cheap. But for that asking price, you get a premium pro Xbox controller that looks quality and feels excellent to use. It’s certainly worthy of your consideration if you’re looking for a wired alternative to the Xbox Elite (or similar) controller that is at home on the PC or console at a competitive price!
Big thanks to Nacon for sending over the Revolution X Pro controller for today’s review.