PDP has been a maker of third party remotes for years now, some of these controllers have been hit and miss over these years. However, over these past few years PDP has really stepped their game up and with these new gen consoles, they are serious competitors to the first party controllers made by Xbox. A few weeks ago, PDP announced an exclusive relationship with EA, the makers of Mirrors Edge Catalyst. The end result is a collector’s edition remote, with only 5,000 being made in total. However, is the remote worth buying usability wise? Let’s take a look at why I think the Mirrors Edge controller is simply something you shouldn’t pass up.
When buying this remote, you should take exclusivity into account. With only 5,000 being made in total it can be nerve racking to just open the remote. The outside of the box is quite like a collector’s item itself. The main character of Mirrors Edge is on the front left the corner, with the very pretty looking red and white controller right on the front. I love the look of the box itself, and to me, you can tell it’s a collectors item straight away. If you can bring yourself to open the box, the controller looks even better in real life. Inside of the box, you will find the controller itself, a ten foot long USB cord (this is a wireless controller) and the instructions. With this controller, however, is very much plug and play, no need for complicated instructions.
When I first got the controller in my hands, it felt very, very good. The soft touch rubber/plastic is found on the entire controller, and the red and white color scheme makes this controller really stand out above the rest. The Red logo conforms perfectly over the white controller sort of like a liquid. It is artfully made and almost looks like a work of art much less a controller. The controller is light, but not overly light to make it feel cheap. I would wager it weighs jus a few grams less than the factory Xbox controller, and I’m guessing that is because this wired controller doesn’t need heavy AA batteries to work. The back continues to be a solid white with the bottom becoming black. Make sure to look on the back of your controller to see what number you received. Since this is a sample controller given to us for review it simply states “sample only”. This will not be on your controller.
There are just a few differences between this controller and the original Xbox controller. Namely, the thumb sticks and volume buttons for the included 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of your controller. The thumbsticks are a PDP favorite to use on Xbox One controllers and it’s easy to see why. The sticks do feel weird at first, but within a few minutes, you are on your way to scaling buildings with ease.
Underneath the right thumbstick, you will find a small button, this button controls chat and game volume along with the D-Pad for a seamless way to adjust volume with any headset you decide to choose. Simply hold the button and press the dpad up for more volume and down for less. You can also press left for the chat to be enhanced, or right for gaming to become enhanced. It’s very easy to get used to and is a very innovative way to include this feature without adding too many extra buttons or weight.
Getting the controller ready and playing takes a total of two steps. Just plug the micro USB end into your controller and the USB 2.0 end into your Xbox (either on the back or the side) and you are done! The Xbox finds the remote instantly and you are ready to game. Playing with the controller with any game is a breeze. The controller’s thumbsticks are very smooth and transitions from half to full speed is super smooth with no jerkieness to be found. The buttons also feel solid and are easy to press, feeling almost exactly like an original Xbox One controller. One thing I like more than the original Xbox One controller is the simple fact that the entire Xbox symbol doesn’t light up, but just a small light above it. Its much less distracting while gaming and it’s quite nice not having to worry about batteries anymore.
Other than the beautiful Mirror’s Edge Logo, there isn’t much diffrence esticlly from a first pary controller. I personally love this and I’m glad there is no extra lights or buttons other than the volume button that works very well. The 3.5mm headphone jack does everything it is supposed to do with the game and chat both coming Iin crystal clear with no complaints from the other side. If you are lucky enough to be one of the 5,000 owners of this controller, if you are going to open it you will have a very well buult controller that looks even better in person.