You may remember back in March we announced the release of a new controller for the Playstation 3 dubbed the SplitFish FragFX. It didn’t make its April release as expected, however, it should be released in July. Fortunately, for those that don’t wish to throw away $60US on an ugly control without some confirmation its going to be any good, there’s already an exclusive review available online.
Straight to the point, in the comprehensive review of the FragFX control by IGN.com, it was found that performance using the mouse and FragChuck controls vastly improved their performance in Resistance: Fall of Man;
Our accuracy and precision were immediately improved, especially in situations in which we were tracking a moving target. Whereas analog sticks apply variable acceleration, which makes maintaining a bead on a fast target a bit tricky, the FragFX allowed us to put our reticule on a target’s head and maintain it through all kinds of evasive manoeuvres.
Some of the main benefits of the controller, besides providing “providing PC-like control for FPS titles on the PS3”, the mouse has exceptional customisation options. The FragFX has every button the regular SIXAXIS control features, however every button can be reconfigured manually via software downloadable from SplitFish.com, the developers website.
Other neat features include the ability to assign motion controls to the FragChuck, left hand remote which acts much like the Wii-chuck control. IGN used this to make “waggling the left-stick dongle could be assigned to trigger the gun-buck physical attack in Resistance, normally accessed by pressing triangle.”
As well as the improvement in gameplay, the control was found to be comfortable, adjustable and excellent for play from a couch, with the mouse pad portion of the control sitting on the lap. To top things off, the mouse doubles as a mouse for the PS3 web browser and has apparently been optimised for Playstation Home.
“The best alternative controller we’ve tested on the PlayStation 3. Provides PC-style accuracy in FPS titles and also works as a regular mouse with the PS Browser.”
Seems like my initial impressions of the FragFX when first announced were rather off centre. As IGN rated the control a 9.1 out of 10, which is a high mark for any game or accessory. Now if there were some decent FPS out on the PS3 besides Resistance: Fall of Man, it might be possible to justify such a purchase.
The FragFX is available as both wired for $59.99US or Bluetooth wireless at $69.99US, shipping later this month.
The full review can be located here.