Every gamer wants to increase his or her accuracy. Some do it through hours and hours of practice. Others prefer faster solutions, such as controller mods. The FPS Freek Prestige, by KontrolFreek, falls into the latter category, offering gamers who are short on time a quick way to boost their kill/death ratios. The ad promises the Prestige will increase your accuracy while decreasing thumb fatigue, but does it deliver?
The FPS Freek Prestige is a set of analog stick extenders you can snap onto either a Playstation 3 or an Xbox 360 controller. The installation takes seconds and they can be easily removed without doing any damage to the controller. When attached, your analog sticks become slightly higher, which is supposed to increase your accuracy by giving you more room to make smaller adjustments.
I’ve spent the last two weeks using two sets of these analog stick extenders with both my PS3 and my 360. When using the Prestige on a Playstation controller, I didn’t notice much of a change. The gamepad became less comfortable to use, and I honestly felt like it was hindering my accuracy more than it was helping it. The initial adjustment period was brutal, but even after I got used to them, they still felt awkward and unnecessary. I played several hours of both Fallout: New Vegas and Modern Warfare 2 with and without the Prestige. With the items snapped onto my PS3 controller, I felt my hands getting sore quicker and my accuracy not improving.
While my PS3 tests were dismal, I had the complete opposite result in my 360 tests. From the second I snapped the stick extenders onto the 360 controller, they felt good. There was a small adjustment period, but when I got used to them I did begin to see a slight improvement. They didn’t vastly increase my killing power, but I was getting more kills each round, and more importantly, they made the 360 controller feel even more comfortable in my hand. After hours of Red Dead Redemption and Halo: Reach, I could definitely see an improvement in my accuracy.
The only problem I encountered occurred while my in-game avatar was crouching. Until I got properly adjusted, I would constantly accidentally push down on the analog stick, causing my character to crouch while I was running forward. The sudden crouching would throw me off and allow people chasing me, be they Covenant or zombie, to make quick work of me.
While I wouldn’t recommend the FPS Freek Prestige for your PS3 controller, I would definitely recommend it for any 360 gamer looking for a quick and easy way to increase their accuracy and make holding the controller more comfortable. The FPS Freek Prestige is currently on sale at the KontrolFreek website for $13.99, $10 off MSRP.