SCUF Gaming’s New Controller Customizer Unlocks Your PS5 Fashion – Forbes
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Yesterday, premium hardware company SCUF Gaming launched a suite of customization options for its PS5 Reflex gamepad, not unlike what the accessory purveyor currently provides for its Xbox Instinct Pro controllers.
The move may come as an exciting development for gamers who didn’t care for the initial black and gray Reflex colorway, which had orange thumbstick rings but otherwise was a bit… uneventful?
I tested out the Reflex a while back, a controller which retails for a not-so-subtle $200 on the lower-end and reaches upwards of $260 depending on which specific higher-end model you choose to buy. The new customization options look to expand on that initial price range based on what bells and whistles strike your fancy, and the build can easily skyrocket way past that aforementioned $200.
Below are the extras now available to Reflex builders:
- 32 faceplate colors
- 9 touchpad colors
- 9 faceplate trim colors
- 6 button kit colors
- 4 thumbstick colors
- 2 thumbstick shapes
- 2 thumbstick heights
- 2 trigger styles
- 7 trigger and bumper colors
- 7 D-pad colors
- 5 Create/Options colors
- 2 Home colors
There truly is an impressive range of tweaks you can make to the gamepad now, and of all the faceplate options present, I’m quite partial to the Sneaks variant; there’s something deliciously ‘90s-era modern art about it. The same could be said for Robin, which looks like one of those disposable water cooler cups, or the generic wallpaper from a 1993 Holiday Inn.
If ‘70s chic is what you’re after, however, the Bliss plate should more than meet such a retro need. The fancier faceplates are all $30 a piece, which feels steep but might be worth it for the unique visual pop. What’s extra funny is that removing the rumble motors will cost you an additional $10, which should give you a competitive weightless edge, both in your gaming and in your wallet.
It’s not surprising that the process of building a premium custom controller will set you back some serious coin, perhaps in the realm of $300 once you’re done slapping on new designs and colors. Comparatively, this is way more expensive than what you’d spend over at the Xbox Design Lab, which is somewhere in the realm of $80 max, and that’s with a custom engraving.
Granted, there is no Design Lab for PlayStation controllers, not yet anyway, and the Reflex does do more (in terms of features) than the standard Sony OEM peripherals. In that sense, it’s great that SCUF is providing this kind of service for PS5 users, even if it does end up costing an arm and a leg.
The bottom line is that the Reflex is a really solid controller, and now you can make it look as garish as you’d like. The freedom of fashion faux pas is a beautiful thing.