Holy war between fans of personal computers and game consoles lasts many years. The first proud of the power of their graphics cards and overclocked processors, and the second – happy console exclusives and ease of running games. But there is a special topic for dispute, which POPs up more often than others. What easier in first-person shooters: or bundle mouse + ? Recently my hands got very unusual device Tactical Assault Commander Grip created by the engineers of the Japanese company Hori. Let's experiment and find out whether you can achieve on your gaming console of accuracy and speed level control PC?
Founded in 1969, the Japanese company Hori has become one of the first manufacturers producing accessories for various gaming consoles under the official license. Today the company's branches operate in the US, the UK and China, and millions of players have appreciated the wide range and reliability of its products. Arcade sticks, steering wheels for automobile simulators, portable monitors, game controllers of all shapes, colors and sizes, gaming mice, cases and protective films for the screens on handheld consoles – this is not a complete list of what produces Hori.
Especially for fans of console online shooters, Japanese engineers have developed a range of controllers, which is a hybrid keyboard/gamepad and mouse. A series of devices called Tactical Assault Commander (TAC) and includes three different models. The first is T. A. C. 4. Keyboard unit with mechanical keys and integrated touchpad, duplicating that of the DualShock 4 controller, and a mouse with a sensor resolution of 3200 dpi. The second model – TAC Pro, different from the previous more ergonomic design of the keyboard unit, and the presence on it of the analog stick. The third model, which I would like today to tell called TAC Grip. Personally I found it the most interesting of all three as the key unit in the past and was replaced by something like a game controller.
Proceed to the external inspection device. Box of TAC Grip is in dark blue color looks very nice. The device supports two generation of consoles PlayStation — the current (PS4) and previous (PS3), which significantly expands the potential audience of users of the device. Very pleased with my tagline printed on the back of the box: "Designed to dominate the FPS genre". Well, it's the assertion we'll check on personal experience.
Inside the box we can see a game controller, a strap to attach the strap to the palm and the mouse.
The related documentation in the package I found a manual, and a sheet explaining the unusual layout of the keys of the controller.
Complete mouse, to be honest, the special experience made on me. Given the relatively high cost of the kit, materials, and also the USB cable could be better quality. The mouse is very lightweight and kind of flimsy feeling. The wire is also completely "bald," without any hint of a braid.
On the left side of the mouse body are four auxiliary buttons. Vertical button under the thumb is very important as it can establish so-called "sniper mode" when the mouse sensitivity is drastically reduced, allowing you to carefully aim at the enemy, watching him through the telescopic sight. Hold the button and handing out headshots left and right. Release the button and return your mouse to its former agility. The rightmost button is called the Quick Button and holding activates the maximum available sensitivity of the mouse, allowing rapid movement of the camera.
The Red frame around the two main mouse buttons are not highlighted during its operation and are purely decorative in nature. The mouse wheel is rubberized and quite well proven to work. Clicks keys are clear, tactile. Near the wheel there are two buttons for adjusting the sensitivity of the mouse. Depending on the chosen sensitivity will change the backlight color the led indicator on the controller, so you always know what mouse sensitivity you exhibited in the moment. The course of the main keys is very small, due to the special responsive switches, allowing you to take shots quickly and efficiently. The cable attaches to the mouse at a slight angle relative to the horizontal surface, so as not to create additional impediments to its movements.
The heart of the mouse is an optical sensor with adjustable sensitivity up to 3200 dpi. If you are not satisfied with the technical characteristics you can at any time replace the complete mouse on any other to your choice. As long as it is connected via the USB port. The manufacturer openly writes about it in the manual.
And here the fun begins. Before us the main controller TAC Grip, which represent approximately two-thirds of the DualShock 4 controller. The controller kept the left stick, left analog stick, D-Pad, Share and Options keys, a touch panel, but also got a new Assign button for manual reordering of buttons. In this case the controller lost his right arm, and all located on her keys and triggers, including the right analog stick, which now performs a mouse.
The center is official PlayStation button that invokes the system menu of a console game. The right two LEDs, the first of which indicates that the controller is connected to the console, and the second — shows the current sensitivity of the mouse.
At the bottom of the housing a 3.5 mm port for headphones and gaming headsets. Just to the left you can see a special cap covering the connector, which fits the special latch strap for easier use of the controller. But we'll talk about it later. On the other side of the handle is another plug.
The Upper surface of the TAC Grip is of most interest, as it is here concentrated a large part of the player buttons and switches.
The Main panel, located on the left "shoulder" of the controller includes five keys that perform different functions depending on the particular game. The top four buttons missing substitute in its place an "X", "circle", "square" and "triangle" while the big button is kind of FN key, familiar to PC owners. While holding this button, the other buttons change their appointment. Of course, you need to know in advance that to which the button is attached, to avoid confusion during the game. However, such a system can easily replace as many as eight buttons to just five.
The First option allows you at any time to set up mouse acceleration. This is done very simply: peredelivaem it to Adjust, and then press the d-pad D-Pad adjusts the rate of acceleration of the mouse movement. Once the required ratio has been set, click the switch in the Off position. With this same switch is configured dead zone of the mouse movement and some other parameters. Everything happens in much the same way. I personally think that it is much easier to adjust everything with software, but if you don't have a PC, this method, too.
With the second switch is much simpler: it allows you to switch between the two modes PS3 and PS4. Depending on which console you have connected your controller, set the switch must be in the correct position, otherwise the device will not make friends because of different interfaces.
The Mouse is connected to the controller through a port located in the right part. That is why the wire of the mouse is quite short (only 1 meter), because the distance from the controller, you still are unlikely to use. But the wire of the controller long enough. As much as 3 meters. This length was enough to reach the controller from my console to the couch, and even keep a small stock.
Carefully take out the plugs from both sides of the left stick of the controller.
Extracted from the box adjustable strap for mounting the controller to the arm and attach it to the corresponding connectors.
Strap, I must say, very comfortable. Not the most elegant solution, of course, but nothing more than a good gamepad is so relatively unusual shape I personally did not occur. Probably, designers and engineers Hori also long struggled with this issue, but then just decided to do this for such a strap and to relieve the hand from the constant need to hold the controller, freeing up the extra fingers to press the buttons.
Just want to clarify that my hand rests on the controller as native. But when I asked to try out the controller to my brother (big fan of online shooters), he was somewhat uncomfortable, as due to the different size of palm, he could not adapt to the unusual shape of the controller. If you suddenly decide to buy TAC Grip, make sure you first try it, feel it. Suddenly you will be uncomfortable to press the keys or to reach the analog stick.
The Mouse was for my hand is too small. I myself used to heavier mice, which can be conveniently set up the palm and fingers. And here is the best I could do is to use a grip type "Claw" when the palm barely touches the base of the mouse, and you hold it with your fingertips. Such mice, as a rule, popular among fans of the RTS genre, but for FPS fit is not quite perfect. However, all this is an improvement.
The tuning Process of the controller and the mouse looks simple enough. You connect a TAC Grip to your computer, downloading from the official website Hori software and run it. In the menu you will be prompted to create your own profile, which b...
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