By now you've more than likely heard about KontrolFreek accessories or seen them at GameStop. These little analog stick nubs claim that they can make you a better FPS player just by snapping a little extra bit on top of your Xbox 360 controller sticks. KontrolFreek sent us some samples, so we've spent the last couple of weeks testing things out.
KontrolFreek products are tiny little tops for your analog sticks that add a mere 1/2 inch to the height of the stick. The idea is that by making the sticks slightly taller it increases the total distance that you have to move the stick to see the same result as you would with a normal stick. That extra movement area gives you more space to make fine adjustments to your aim so you can be more precise and more successful while playing shooters.
The science behind it all is actually pretty sound, but does it work? Yeah, it does. The additional fine movements the KontrolFreek allows you to make can mean the difference between a dramatic headshot or an embarrassing miss. You can more easily target exactly where you want than is possible with a standard controller setup. It works. You can use them on both the left (movement) and right (aiming) sticks at the same time, but we preferred using them just on the right stick, but you may have a different preference depending on your play style. It does take a little while to get used to them, since they do make your controller feel a bit different, but they can definitely make a positive impact on your gaming.
KontrolFreek nubs easily snap on to the top of the analog sticks for both Xbox 360 and PS3 (one size fits all here) and are very tight so you don't have to worry about them coming loose during gameplay. They also are removed very easily by just pulling them off. They are priced at $10-14 and come in a variety of colors and designs to match your favorite games - the newest models are special Halo 4 and COD Black Ops 2 designs, for example - but they all work the same. Different models have concave or convex tops, however, so you may want to consider that if you have a preference before you buy a set.
Check out the official KontrolFreek website for more details.
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Disclosure: Review item provided by manufacturer.