Recently, I was offered the chance to review the new KontrolFreek thumbstick extensions for the new console generation. First of all, I was a skeptic about if these actually worked, I had heard that they improved gameplay but I just thought that it was a kind of placebo effect. After receiving the extensions I put them through their paces on the Xbox One with surprising results.
The extensions took a few minutes to get use to but are quite comfortable and work well without causing inconvenience while reaching the buttons and D-pad. I did find that I prefer using only one of the extenders and the one I use is on the right thumbstick. I found this configuration to be more comfortable and work better.
Interference with Other Games
I tested using the thumbstick extenders on other games to see if it would interfere in any way and make it harder to control. Surprisingly the few games I tried it with I had no issues. In fact I feel in some games such as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag it seemed to help while I was in naval combat. Some other games included Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3.
Do they Work?
As a surprise to me yes. They work well, my aim has been more accurate and I have been able to win more matches with them. That’s not all though, with them I am able to place the sensitivity very high without losing any control of my character trying to turn and look around. I can turn much faster and stop exactly where I want which help if an enemy is behind you or you need to get away fast.
Overall I enjoy my KontrolFreek thumbstick extenders and have begun to rely on them. They are easy to put on and take off while causing no damage to the controllers original thumbsticks. They are comfortable and ergonomically sound allowing for hours of gameplay without awkward positions and such that could cause cramping. The extenders work great increasing accuracy and precision. They also have given me no issues when using them for other genres and have helped with some. Overall, I would recommend these to any gamer who really enjoys the games they play as it can improve how you play.
They are not just for FPSs though they have many types for other genres such as racing and sports.