From time to time threads about controller pop up, I thought I’d add to it.
I’ve been using Elite controllers for about a year (maybe 1.5 years), and while I really like them, I always found the paddles too easy to activate without meaning to. Either putting the controller down, or even when trying to quickly do something with the triggers, and having the whole hand move a bit…
I use one of the paddles for roadie run, which gets used a LOT, and that’s the button which tends to break and stop responding .
I sent one of such “broken” controllers to a company called Battle Beaver Customs, in Texas and I asked them to make 2 modifications:
replace the paddles on the back with physical buttons, and
replace the analog triggers with what they call smart triggers, which are basically on/off buttons, which instantly go from 0 to 100% . This makes them not suitable for things like car games, where you want to the pull range for things like acceleration/etc, but for shooters it’s fine.
I got the controller back yesterday, so last night I played with it.
I have to say the buttons on the back took about 10min to get used to (after a year of paddles), and once that happened, I much prefer the buttons! Plus, they put the buttons exactly where you tell them to, so it’s custom places for your fingers.
The smart triggers weren’t as big of a change, I did find I was able to fire the snub a bit faster, but that’s about it. I tested the triggers with all the different weapons and they seemed to work just fine… So definitely nice, but not as big of a jump as the back buttons.
Anyhow, so yeah, if you like your elite but aren’t crazy about the paddles, I highly recommend you check these guys out. I also found I was able to slide/bounce a little better with the back button too compared to when it was a paddle (I have A mapped to one of the back paddles/buttons).