ASTRO Gaming is among the leaders in premium video gaming equipment. The company in the past had launched the ASTRO C40 Tr Controller in order to strengthen its commitment to the professional controller category. But the controller was only available in the USA. however, the controller has now been made available to the UK gaming community.
The C40 is a solid, almost imposing gamepad that won’t easily be mistaken for any other controller. It’s covered almost entirely in a rubberized matte black material, with a textured black plastic panel on the face to hold the analog sticks, direction pad, and face buttons. It weighs a hefty 11.2 ounces, significantly heavier than the stock DualShock 4 and over an ounce more than the chunky Xbox Wireless Controller. It’s very comfortable in large hands, with the extra heft giving it a sturdy feel without being bulky.
“Our products have dramatically changed the esports landscape – improving the team and player performance along the way,” said Aron Drayer, vice president of marketing, ASTRO Gaming. “Our new ASTRO C40 TR Controller is the next natural evolution of our continued commitment to esports, pro gaming and gamers in general. After more than two years of development, while incorporating feedback from pro gamers, we’re excited to finally get the C40 TR into the hands of customers. The C40 TR will be a literal game-changer.”
Astro’s software for configuring the C40 offers a downright dizzying array of options. You can remap almost any input to any button, including the direction pad and analog stick clicks. That alone is incredibly useful, though you can also manually remap any inputs to the UL and UR buttons by holding down one of them and the remap button on the underside of the controller.
The software also lets you tweak the sensitivity of the analog sticks and the L2 and R2 triggers. Each input has a graph that functions as a custom equalizer, letting you slide four sensitivity points up and down to adjust the curve of how sensitive the sticks and triggers are. This lets you set dead zones and rapid acceleration arcs at different angles of tilting the stick or pulling the trigger, granting a remarkable level of granularity. The software provides helpful visual guides when adjusting stick and trigger sensitivity as well.
Some of the KEY FEATURES INCLUDE:
- REPLACEABLE, SWAPPABLE STICK MODULES: Quickly and easily swap the Analog Stick or D-Pad Modules for consistently sharp performance. Setup the controller in either Offset or Parallel configurations. Replaceable Stick Caps provide added customisation for a competitive advantage.
- INTEGRATED, REMAPPABLE REAR BUTTONS: Optimum rear button layout for superior ergonomics improves precision during critical moments. Mappability streamlines the controller for any genre and playstyle while improving response time and accuracy. Remap buttons and save your mappings directly on the controller with no PC software required.
- ASTRO CUSTOMISATION SOFTWARE: ASTRO customisation software exponentially increases the C40 TR’s versatility and accuracy. Create profiles that can be switched directly from the controller. Adjust trigger and stick sensitivity, remap buttons, tweak EQ, audio output, mic out and sidetone.
- WIRED/WIRELESS MODES: With the on-board Mode Switch, quickly change between wired and ASTRO’s proprietary 2.4 GHZ wireless mode to adapt to any gaming environment. Both offer low-latency for pro-level performance.
- WIRELESS AUDIO: The C40 TR Controller delivers high fidelity game sound and voice chat in Wired and Wireless mode via the 3.5mm jack. The C40 offers game sound and voice chat in Wireless mode. Compatible with any gaming headset with a 3.5mm jack.
- TRIGGER STOPS: Quickly and easily activate the trigger stops, which adjusts the trigger pull distance, to allow hair trigger performance in most FPS titles.
- 12 HOUR BATTERY LIFE
- INCLUDED TRAVEL CASE: Protect your controller, module, stick caps and tool all in one hard-shelled case.
- TOURNAMENT READY: Ready for any environment, the TR line of ASTRO Gaming products deliver premium design and performance for every type of gamer.
Pricing and Availability
ASTRO Gaming’s new ASTRO C40 TR Controller is available for pre-order now online direct from ASTRO’s website for £189.99.