If Sony won’t step up their support of Pro Gamers to match Microsoft’s recently announced Xbox Elite Controller, then Japanese accessory manufacturer, Game Tech, will. Out now in Japan are the ‘FPS Stick Assist 4+’ and ‘FPS Target Assist 4’ for $10 each. Check the links on those for plenty of close up pictures.
The Stick Assist comes with three new analog stick caps that raise the height in varying degrees with various surface coverings. It also has a pair of L2/R2 caps that give the dainty triggers a little more weight and a rubberized grip. The Target Assist takes an ingeniously low-tech approach to the Xbox controller’s programmable stick sensitivity… it’s foam rings. You put these rings (one hard, one soft) around each analog stick and — voilà — you’ve got a kinda-sorta sensitivity boost to your movement. If both bundles sound like they’d give you a performance enhancing boost you can seek out the ‘FPS Perfect Assist 4’ which includes the stick caps, trigger grips and foam rings for around $20.
It’s an interesting response to Microsoft’s high end controller but, man, those foam rings surely have to wear out super fast right? The stick caps and grippy triggers, that I can get into.