Hands-On: Power A’s Batarang Controllers
Gotham City is going to be shaken up on October 18; that's the day Batman makes his return to gaming with Batman: Arkham City, arriving on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. For good measure, the accessory manufacturers at Power A are preparing a pair of special controllers made specifically for fans of the Dark Knight, which should release around the same time. They are the Official Batarang Controllers, sub-licensed through Warner Bros. Consumer Products and licensed for use on their respective consoles. Power A recently invited us to go hands-on with the product, to which we happily obliged.
First, you should know specifics. Both controllers are somewhat bulky, yet still somewhat comfortable, thanks to the rubber grips that go around the handles and easy-to-use buttons on the face of each controller. In addition, they’re light-up models, and you can switch colors on the fly by pressing a button on the front of the controller. Are you in a blue mood? Perhaps you want Batman’s vengeance to run blood red? The choice is yours.
As for the PS3 controller, it is a wireless model, one powered by batteries. (The unit comes packaged with a pair of batteries, and they’re easily replaceable through a panel.) It has the same set of features as the Xbox 360 model, complete with a faceplate with buttons that form a mini Batman emblem on the front and a comfortable feel that stays with you over time. It also lights up, but you can turn the lights off if you want to conserve your battery energy for gameplay.
It’s a little pricier than other controllers – Power A has it set to come out around $49.99 – but it’s a must for collectors, and a quality performing product in its own right (at least from the time that we’ve spent with it). We’ll have a final review when the controller hits stores this October. Stay tuned, Bat fiends!