Mad Catz hosted a nice room at CES for us to try out its latest gadgets. Among them, the MLG Pro Circuit controller. The accessory company took a lot of feedback from the major league gaming community to come up with it and boy, those tournament guys are smart.
First thing I noticed about the Pro Circuit controller was the weight. It was heavier than your usual controller. The added grams gave it a nice heft, AND the weight is customizable. Well, everything on the controller is, but the weight?! That really impressed me. You can swap weighted cartridges in and out of the back of the controller.
The swappable magnetic faceplate also impressed me. Just clicking it in and out felt great. I thought it would be cheapo plastic, but it’s actually very resilient metallic material.
Interchangeable directional pads and analog sticks round out the customizing options. They easily snap out and back in once locked into place. It’s possible to have have a 360-style controller or PS3-style. PS3 and 360 d-pads are included.
Mad Catz even listened to tournament players whose wires become frayed after wrapping their controllers with them and provided a durable, detachable cable in place of flimsy wires.
The MLG Pro Circuit controller is an impressive gadget. It felt comfortable, high-tech, and after giving it a go with a round of Battlefield 3 I found that it did everything as advertised. This thing may be made for pro gamers, but it’s for anyone interested in a well-made, high-value controller.