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New Xbox Controller Accessories for FPS Games

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 59 comments

The "ultimate secret weapon" of first person shooters has arrived...

Earlier this month, iControl Enterprises introduced a brand new type of Xbox 360 controller accessory, The Avenger.

Claiming to give you a competitive edge in FPS games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops and Fallout: New Vegas, The N-Control Avenger adds a plethora of customizations to fit your button mashing needs.

The Avenger literally wraps itself around the entire Xbox 360 controller like a hard-shell laptop case. The antennae like wires on the controller are designed to adjust the sensitivity of triggers for the buttons.

In addition to claiming that it is the "ultimate secret weapon" of the fps arena, N-Control also claims that the accessory will somehow improve our manual dexterity and "situational awareness". Although this sounds like a load of bologna, we'll let you decide.

This fully customizable controller add on is a little more costly than we'd hope at $59.99, but if these are the kind of features you'd like in your controller, head over to N-Control's website here.

You can also check out N-Control's video below:

N-Control's Avenger

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    reprotected , November 12, 2010 11:50 PM
    Ever heard of a Keyboard and a Mouse?
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    agnickolov , November 12, 2010 11:49 PM
    Still no match for a mouse I expect...
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    restatement3dofted , November 12, 2010 11:49 PM
    Anyone else see this and immediately think of the gigantic addon for the original brick-like GameBoy that clamped around the outside of the system to magnify the screen, increase the size of the buttons / replace the D-Pad with a joystick-like thing, and add goofy external speakers? It was like the Light Boy, but on steroids. Wish I could remember the name, but it's been a long time. Cool story, bro.

    E: Handy Boy, that's what it was called. Handy Boy for Nintendo GameBoy. Magnifying screen, joystick, larger buttons, external speakers, and the most cumbersome handheld gaming experience you'll ever have, short of this thing they're selling to attach to your 360 controller.
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    restatement3dofted , November 12, 2010 11:49 PM
    Anyone else see this and immediately think of the gigantic addon for the original brick-like GameBoy that clamped around the outside of the system to magnify the screen, increase the size of the buttons / replace the D-Pad with a joystick-like thing, and add goofy external speakers? It was like the Light Boy, but on steroids. Wish I could remember the name, but it's been a long time. Cool story, bro.

    E: Handy Boy, that's what it was called. Handy Boy for Nintendo GameBoy. Magnifying screen, joystick, larger buttons, external speakers, and the most cumbersome handheld gaming experience you'll ever have, short of this thing they're selling to attach to your 360 controller.
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    agnickolov , November 12, 2010 11:49 PM
    Still no match for a mouse I expect...
  • 28 Hide
    reprotected , November 12, 2010 11:50 PM
    Ever heard of a Keyboard and a Mouse?
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    tacoslave , November 13, 2010 12:20 AM

    UnknownEver heard of a Keyboard and a Mouse?Unknown


    *Gasp* Blasphemy! Do not speak of the dark side to the consolers!
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    Trialsking , November 13, 2010 12:27 AM
    I never have to take my fingers off, can hit 10 buttons @ once, and I couldn't believe how much better I was after just a few minutes....oh yeah I am using a keyboard and mouse. FPS + console = hahaahahahahahahaha.
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    Supertrek32 , November 13, 2010 1:44 AM
    I'm curious to hear if MLG will allow this or not. It isn't adding any buttons, and it's easy enough to know the underlying controller isn't modded.
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    linford585 , November 13, 2010 2:19 AM
    New ultimate weapon for console FPS players!

    USB "keyboard" and "mouse," just plug right into console!

    Oh wait...
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    eddieroolz , November 13, 2010 2:41 AM
    Or, you can simply buy a gaming computer. Fully featured with a mouse and keyboard.

    Just saying.
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    guardianangel42 , November 13, 2010 3:00 AM
    My take on K/M vs Controller: Mouse is vastly superior to the analog stick, but the analog stick and buttons milimeters from your fingers is vastly superior to the keyboard. You've got more buttons yeah, but when you have to press a button with your pinky as well as the A and W buttons with your ring finger and your middle finger to move diagonally slowly, you realize that moving your thumb slightly to the top left of the analog circle is easier. The keyboard just isn't efficient.

    Same with crouching, and with macro keys on the controller, even being limited to about 16 buttons isn't a real liability. Not to mention all those buttons are placed ergonomically within a very short distance from your finger.

    Honestly, gamers could do a lot more with a controller than developers give them credit for. However, I will reiterate, the mouse, especially the ones with several buttons on top of the normal ones, is vastly superior. The accuracy afforded and the speed is bar none the best option for aiming in FPS. With the added buttons it becomes very similar to the ease of use of a controller with buttons within easy reach. The keyboard just isn't in the same league of efficiency as the controller.
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    guardianangel42 , November 13, 2010 3:18 AM
    Sorry about the double post, my browser wouldn't register that I posted and was acting anomalously, making me think that it wasn't going to work.
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    73110 , November 13, 2010 3:21 AM
    There is no way it can make you win even if you are a bad player, a bad player is that, a bad player, doesnt matter if he is using the top gear.
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    whysobluepandabear , November 13, 2010 4:02 AM
    My biggest problem in Call of Duty: Black Ops isn't reaction time, It's getting camped all the damn time...and just general cheap style of playing. They literally set up a tent, make a nice fire and just sit back and enjoy...never moving the whole game...or very little if that.
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2010 4:26 AM
    are they saying the xbox controlle sucks?
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    dEAne , November 13, 2010 4:37 AM
    I will try this one for my kids.
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    guardianangel42 , November 13, 2010 5:34 AM
    dEAneI will try this one for my kids.

    Don't, it would be a waste of money. The 360 controller is already the best double analog stick controller out for consoles, and already perfect for FPS's (or as perfect as it can be) with current resistance and analog height. A good player can easily fire full auto with a semi-automatic weapon with this controller, there are no major gains to be had for FPS's. Fighting games sure, but not FPS's.
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    guardianangel42 , November 13, 2010 5:40 AM
    eddieroolzOr, you can simply buy a gaming computer. Fully featured with a mouse and keyboard.Just saying.


    For about three times the cost. 200 dollar console with 20 dollar 16gb flash drive as storage vs a full size desktop with a keyboard and mouse, together likely a hundred dollars if you really plan to game with it, and the need to simultaneously run Windows and background services as well as the game means at least 500-600 dollar computer.

    Even if you skimped on the controls, paying about 45-60, that's still either just below three times or over three times the cost.
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    speedemon , November 13, 2010 5:46 AM
    so now they can justify letting PC players interact with console players right... I would LOVE to play vs an xbox player, rules would be i get knife only and 360 boy gets everything except F'n ROCKETS!!!
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    guardianangel42 , November 13, 2010 6:23 AM
    speedemonso now they can justify letting PC players interact with console players right... I would LOVE to play vs an xbox player, rules would be i get knife only and 360 boy gets everything except F'n ROCKETS!!!


    I think you'd be surprised by the fight they put up. Having a different controlling medium simply means you learn to play the game differently. While strafing and aiming is harder on the console, we learn to do the same job a different way.
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