Turtle Beach Recon Controller for Xbox puts game Audio in your hands

Turtle Beach Recon Controller for Xbox puts game Audio in your hands

The Turtle Beach Recon has something in more built-in amplifier for an analog headset connected.

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Audio veteran And gaming Turtle Beach’s headphone manufacturer first game controller, specialized in – what else – bring amplified audio to a controller. The new The $ 60 (£ 50, AU $ 100) USB Recon Controller works with the Xbox or PC, adding equalizer presets, volume, mic mute, mic monitoring and more to any analog headset you connect it. The headset is in preorder now and it should ship in August.

I like having the audio settings handy. Like many people, I felt frustrated by the general absence of Audio controls on other controllers. Even if the headset has the volume settings on an auricle or in line on the cable, they are a lot easier change on The fly using the illuminated buttons on the controller rather than feeling its ears trying to distinguish the mute from the power button or the game/ chat balance from the volume controls.

In addition to the equalizer, the controller includes the company’s SuperHuman Hearing. It aims to amplify the silence sounds so you can feel that twig breaking behind you, but I find it increases everything enough to prefer it to any of the equalization presets.


You can take it in black or gray and white for match your Xbox Series X or S (or earlier models).

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In addition to audio controls, you can save the back Pro Aim action button and setting mappings (che adjusts the sensitivity of the right stick) a one of four profiles, including turning off.

I like action buttons better than standard left and right buttons. They are easier for me to manipulate with my ring finger, since regular the buttons are not exactly under my forefinger and I feel like more of a contortion to arrive at. They have a rough texture, which I wasn’t crazy about at first, but I got used to it eventually.

Because they are mapped in the controller, them remain consistent through games and from console at the PC. But if you don’t want them to keep that mapping for Everything is fine game, different combinations can be saved in profiles.


There are left and action buttons right below. I prefer them to standard left and right buttons, as they fall more naturally under my ring finger.

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The rubberized grips were more of a issue, although. The type of grip is a personal preference; some people like the feeling, others don’t. I’m in the “like”field and many others of my controllers have them.

I did not like these a lot. Turtle Beach claims the design allows for air flow a help prevent “sweating” palm” problem, but I found they made it’s worse. My hands were sticky after about 45 minutes of play.

The positioning of the custom controls means the two menu buttons are in Bass down on your controller muscle memory can be used to. It took a little bit to fit in, but at least you can’t fuck things up if by mistake hit one of the custom settings buttons.

it is not the best controller in ride but it is not bad. And for some people, the built-in the amplifier could do it worth pass by an old man, more comfortable model.

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