Those who follow our tech reviews already know about how we cover Turtle Beach and their awesome headsets they’re known for. Now the company is stepping out of their comfort zone a little by crafting the Turtle Beach Recon Wired Controller for Xbox One, Series X/S, and Windows PC. Featuring a lot of nifty audio options and more, this is a solid controller for those looking for an edge, as long as they don’t mind it being wired.
Right off the bat I love how the Recon feels and how solid it is, especially the textured grips that feature a grid-like pattern that help keep your hands and palms from getting too sweaty when your gaming session heats up. I also love how Turtle Beach added texture bumps to the shoulder, trigger and added back buttons to make sure your fingers don’t slip during those crucial moments where precision is key.
Thanks to being a wired controller, it’s also nearly as light at the standard Xbox One controller without batteries in it. The real star of this controller though is the top section that houses a slew of audio features for whatever headset you’re using via the 3.5mm port. There’s a left button the controls the overall volume with the right button controlling the sound balance between game audio and chat.
Between these buttons is another that controls the other cool features the Recon provides, each with it’s own LED icon that lights up on the display. You can switch through different EQ presets such as default, a mix of bass and treble, pure bass, and a setting for vocals along with a handy mute button.
There’s also a setting for the vibration intensity, as well as the sensitivity of the analog sticks via the “Pro Aim Focus” mode which you can set to one of the two mappable buttons on the back of the controller, or map whatever button you wish to these buttons. You can also save up to four unique profiles in the device which is always a plus instead of having to swap to a program to set things up.
One of the features that stands out is the “superhuman hearing” button which enhances small, subtle sounds such as foot steps and the like. Any FPS player already knows how critical these sounds are to detect when someone is coming for you or when you’re hunting opponents down. It did come in handy for me some during my The Division 2 and Halo 5 multiplayer matches, but your experience will vary by game and headset choice.
As long as you don’t mind being tethered to your Xbox or PC, the Turtle Beach Recon Wired Controller offers a variety of nifty features both audio and otherwise to give any gamer a sweet edge in whatever they’re playing. Here’s hoping Turtle Beach can craft another Recon for the PlayStation4/5 and other consoles, and make it wired/wireless.