What's the difference?
Astro is known for its gaming peripherals, but this is the first time that the company has released a premium controller for PlayStation 4 users, and they certainly went all-out in its design. Not only does it feature much of what other third-party controllers have like remappable back paddles and hair triggers, but it also gives players the ability to swap the positions of their D-pad and left thumbstick. The DualShock 4, on the other hand, is just your average controller without all of these extras. That doesn't mean it's bad, just that it's simple.
|Category||Sony DualShock 4||Astro C40 TR|
|Dimensions||3.94" x 6.34" x 2.24"||4.25" x 6.61" x 2.09"|
|Thumbsticks||Symmetrical||Symmetrical or offset|
|Extra remappable paddles||No||Yes (2)|
What these features mean to you
A few of these features may not mean anything to you at first, but they're quite important and make a drastic difference in your gaming experience when utilized. Since not everyone is familiar with them, I'll help you out.
Hair Trigger mode
With hair trigger mode enabled, players can shoot faster since it requires less pressure to press the trigger. This shorten the amount of time it takes to get a shot off, which is especially convenient when using weapons that aren't automatic. Even milliseconds can make all the difference between winning or losing a match.
The Astro C40 TR tends to have fewer back paddles than the competition like the SCUF Vantage, but it still features more than a regular DualShock 4 as that has none to speak of — at least, none built-in. Remapping any of its buttons to the either of the Astro's two back paddles gives you greater control over your gaming experience.
Swappable D-pad and thumbstick placement
This is my favorite part of the Astro C40 TR. A lot of controllers let you swap out individual parts like the thumbsticks, D-pads, or triggers, but no matter what type of D-pad or thumbstick you put in, it'll need to go in its designated spot — i.e., you can't put a thumbstick where the D-pad was. That's not the case with the Astro C40 TR. You can create a layout that emulates either a DualShock 4 or Xbox One controller, whether you prefer offset or symmetrical analog stick placements.
Every DualShock 4 has Bluetooth connectivity that allows it to it turn on and wirelessly connect to your PS4. The Astro C40 TR does not have Bluetooth. Instead it packs a separate 2.4GHz USB dongle in order to use it wirelessly.
The bottom line
The Astro C40 TR isn't meant for everyone and is mostly appealing to competitive players, but its premium features are certainly worth its price point if you can spend the money. The only area where the DualShock 4 has a clear advantage is its Bluetooth compatibility. Ultimately, you'll know what suits your preferences best.
It lacks a lot of premium features, but your regular DualShock 4 still has it where it counts and it gets the job done.
Less is more
Astro's finest controller
You'll be hard-pressed to find another quality controller like the Astro C40 TR that allows to swap the placement of its D-pad and thumbstick modules.
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