Astro Gaming, the longtime maker of well-liked gaming headsets just like the Astro A40 and Astro A50, is now leaping into the professional controller market.
The primary pad to bear the corporate’s title is the brand new Astro C40 TR – a customizable controller for PC and PS4 with some nifty options that can assist you play your finest on-line.
The controller is available in only one shade for now, matte black, and a shares a few of its visible identification with Microsoft’s Xbox One Recon Tech Wireless Controller that was launched final yr. However the latter is lacking any customization options, in contrast to the C40 TR.
Talking of, in line with Astro the checklist of options on the C40 TR consists of swappable analog stick and d-pad positions, variable-length stick tops, programmable rear buttons, customized software program full with stick and set off sensitivity management, button remapping, customized profiles and extra.
Most of this customization will occur through an app in your PC, however will probably be as much as you to manually swap out the d-pad and management sticks if you happen to do not just like the default configuration.
Able to up your recreation? The Astro C40 TR is accessible to pre-order at present on Astro’s web site for $199 (round £150, AU$270) and will likely be launched first within the US and Canada with different international locations to observe after.
Weighing Astro’s Professional-Con scenario
Admittedly, there are only a few tournament-legal skilled controllers. Most MLG occasions permit the Xbox Elite Wi-fi Controller and SCUF controllers, nevertheless it’s as much as particular person occasion house owners to set which controllers are – and are usually not – authorized.
That mentioned, given Astro’s clout throughout the professional gaming group, it is probably like that they will be capable to persuade the professional circuit to permit its gamepads. However we’ll have to attend till early 2019 when the controller is definitely launched to seek out out.