Atlanta-based scuf gaming has made a name for itself with exceptional third-party controllers for XboxOne, X/S-Seriesand PlayStation 4. Now the peripheral maker is setting its sights on the PlayStation 5 with the new Scuf Reflex line, a trio of high-performance PS5 controllers with four rear paddles, interchangeable thumbsticks and faceplates, and built-in profile switching. That’s a lot of extra features, but it comes at a steep price.
The new Reflex range from Scuf includes three different models. There’s the basic $200 Reflex, which comes with all the bells and whistles Scuf customers have come to expect from its pricey controllers. It has four removable and programmable rear buttons, a very nice feature that is rare on other controllers due to Scuf’s patents on it. There’s a button to switch between three different controller profiles for different games. Buttons can be remapped on the fly, without having to pause the game. Initially available in black, all Reflex models will support interchangeable faceplates and thumbsticks, short or long, concave or convex.
The Reflex Pro, which starts at $230, includes all of that plus a “high-performance grip,” which aims to increase stamina and player comfort and apparently costs around $30 to apply. The regular Reflex and Pro include the PS5’s adaptive triggers as well as vibration, replicating the tactile feel of Son’s official DualSense controller.
The final Reflex model is the $260 Reflex FPS, Scuf’s first dedicated first-person shooter gamepad. The Reflex FPS has no vibration motors, making it a much lighter controller and free of annoying vibrations. And its triggers and bumpers are designed to activate instantly, eliminatingpressure on the trigger. Why removing functionality from a controller makes it more expensive is beyond me, which is probably why I’m not a controller seller.
All three models of the Reflex PS5 controller are available for purchase now exclusively on the Scuf online storewho probably employs some sort of controller vendor who might be able to help you figure out Reflex FPS pricing.
Scuf makes good material. I’ve used its PS4 controllers almost exclusively, and the Scuf Instinct Pro is my favorite Xbox Series X controller. They are strong, solid, reliable and versatile. If those same adjectives apply to these new PS5 controllers, then here I am, once I’ve collected a few hundred bucks.