8BITDO PRO 2 REVIEW – A PRO CONTROLLER
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The Pro is the newest version of the 8BitDo Pro controllers. The device can be connected via Bluetooth and linked to any home console, smartphone, or home computer. As long as you have your dongle. You can also use the included USB-C cable to charge your device wired.
This review will focus on the 8BitDo PRO 2 and why it is one of the most popular 3rd Party controllers. Further, into the review, I will discuss whether it is worth upgrading the Pro2 if your Pro+ is still in use. Let’s get on with it.
The 8BitDo PRO 2 controller is exceptionally comfortable. It is not too heavy and has a build quality comparable to many first-party controllers. The grips have a textured underside, which makes them feel more comfortable. The 8BitDo Pro2, as a whole, feels like it takes the best features of the controllers it inspired and adds a few more. It can be enjoyed on modern games and systems, even though it was retro-inspired. It has handled all kinds of modern and retro games with almost no issues.
Although it might not seem like it, this simple switch is one of the Pro 2’s best features.
There are three colour options for the Pro 2, two of which are retro-inspired. A third design is more modern and suitable for those who prefer their controllers to be more contemporary and less vintage. The GameBoy-themed controller was my choice. Although I wish the controller were themed after SNES region /PAL, that is not significant.
THE GOOD STUFF
The 8BitDo PRO 2 may be retro-inspired in appearance, but it has many modern features. It also has Gyroscope motion controls, which are great for compatible games. The controllers also have two buttons on the bottom of each one, which is similar to the Steam controller and the Xbox Elite controller. These buttons can be programmed for additional utility. A turbo button is another neat feature, even though it can be accidentally activated. These are all great features of the 8BitDo2 controller and allow compatibility with certain games that other controllers can’t.
The 8BitDo Pro Ultimate Software adds new functionality to your device.
Similar to its predecessor, the 8BitDo Pro 2 comes preprogrammed with several console-specific profiles. You don’t need to press any buttons to activate a profile, unlike the Pro+; instead, there is a button on the underside of the controller that you can use to switch profiles to whatever device you want. You can also download the Ultimate software to program new profiles or edit existing profiles.
Despite all of this, it is essential to note that the 8BitDo Pro2 does not have any exclusive functions. You cannot scan Amiibo figures/cards with it. There is no HD Rumble or Haptic vibration. This is understandable, but it can cause problems when playing games that use those functions. This is especially true when more games integrate advanced rumble technology in their gameplay. If HD Rumble and Haptic Vibration (or other functions) become the norm, it could limit the controller’s lifespan.
Although the rumble may be typical, 8BitDo Pro 2 still has a great experience.
An article on games that use Haptic Vibration for the PS5 can be found here. Although I cannot comment on the 8BitDo Pro 2’s ability to handle Haptic Vibration, I have found some puzzles that can be almost impossible to play with HD Rumble. If you’re thinking of purchasing an 8BitDo Pro 2, be aware.
SHOULD YOU UPGRADE to PRO 2?
With all that said, the question remains: “Is it worth upgrading my 8BitDo PRO 2 if you already own a Pro+?”. On balance, I have to say no. While the new Pro 2 has a few time-saving additions and tweaks, it doesn’t feel all that revolutionary if your Pro+ already has it.
If you already own a Pro+, I don’t think it is worth the extra cost for a fancier bottom.
It doesn’t require you to press a button combination, but it is just as easy to use as the previous version. The software that you can download for it also works well. It doesn’t feel like something you should buy. It doesn’t feel like a “2” if you’re being honest. It takes some of the pre-existing features, smooths them out, refines them, and that’s about it.
I highly recommend it if you don’t have an 8BitDo PRO+ controller. It has its limitations, but it isn’t bad if you don’t use those games. The Pro 2 kit is a fantastic piece of equipment. It can be used on almost any platform currently on the market. You won’t find a controller as good as this one for the price. I highly recommend it, especially if you don’t have an older model.