Evil Shift Controller Review – Xbox One

With the competitive gaming arena growing at an exponential rate, players must continue to find new ways to give themselves an edge over their competition. Modded controllers are definitely becoming more of the norm for pro players, but there’s only a handful that are approved for tournament play. The two most commonly found are the Xbox One Elite controller and the Scuf Gaming controller. Well a new challenger has arrived and is looking to take over the competitive scene, and it’s known as the Evil Shift Controller.

Evil Controller are no strangers to the market, as they’ve been modding controllers for quite some time now. This is merely their newest foray into the Pro arena. So the real question is, with so many options available, why would Evil Shift be the one to choose? So glad you asked that question, as I’ll delve into why I feel like this is possibly the best pro controller on the market to date.


One of the biggest draws to using a pro controller, whether or not you’re in the pro circuit, is to really hone in your skills and dominate in PvP. At least that’s what it is for me. One way these controllers do that, is by having many different functional abilities within the controller, all with the intent on making you as efficient and accurate as possible. The Shift controller has features like interchangeable thumbsticks (varied heights), sensitive shoulder and face buttons (less travel distance between pressing and contact), and hairpin triggers.

I really like the thumbsticks on this controller, as they have a larger surface area than a normal thumbstick. As well, it’s nice not needing to use extenders on them too. One thing to note about the triggers though, is that they’re ultra-sensitive. On normal controllers, I’d gotten used to just resting my fingers on the controller until I needed to use them. With the Shift, slightly applying pressure will initiate contact, which is actually quite a nice feature as it comes in handy. I’ve been able to outgun almost anyone I’ve gone up against in most PvP games. It’s the smoothest and least tension triggers I’ve ever played with.

Paddles and Remapping

Another benefit of using a Pro controller in general, is having extra buttons or paddles that you can use without having to move your fingers from the thumbsticks. On the Elite and Scuf controllers, both have removable paddles (magnetic on Elite and snap-on with Scuf) that extend out from under the controller. This is where I feel the Shift has the major edge, as it doesn’t necessarily use removable paddles. Instead, they’re paddle buttons that are embedded close to the bottom of the controller grip. This almost perfectly utilizes your hand’s natural grip on the controller itself.

The Shift has some of the easiest remapping functions I’ve ever used. It’s as simple as holding down the back button, then the paddle button you want to remap. The controller power light will flash, letting you know to choose a button you want mapped to that paddle. Once you press it, the power light will flash again and you’re all set! Comparatively, the Elite has an actual app you have to use on the Xbox One to remap, and the Scuf has this electromagnetic piece to hold on the back while you do some other stuff.

Final Thoughts

I’ll admit that the Shift felt a bit awkward to begin with, but that’s because I had to change how I held the controller to compensate for the paddle buttons. It only took about an hour to not only get used to the different grip, but also the remapped buttons I was using. Playing through on Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: World War 2, Rainbow Six: Siege, Destiny 2, and a few other games, there was a noticeable change in my playstyle and K/D ratio. I was doing significantly better than before.

If you’re looking for a way to step your game up to the next level, then the Shift controller is the way to go. You can check them out on their official site. The Evil Shift retails for $169.99 and is available for both Xbox One and Playstation 4.

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