COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Rock Candy PS3 Controller

Updated: 12/11/2012 9:13 AM KSTP.com By: Aaron Chalich

Last week I received a very interesting controller for the PS3 to review. Performance Design Products (PDP) has released a new line of controllers for the PS3, XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii called “Rock Candy.”

The controllers are very colorful and you can buy them in, red, blue, pink or green.  I received the red controller to review.

I am always looking for new and innovative gaming accessories to enhance my game play, so I was very excited to try out the “Rock Candy” controller. I am two trophies away from getting platinum on “WWE 13” so I tested the controller all weekend trying to get the trophies.

I really like how the controller is designed a lot. It’s about the same size as the PS3 controller, but it fits perfectly into your hands. There are grips in the back of the controller that you can comfortably rest your fingers on. 

The R1, R2, L1, and L2 buttons are designed a little different as well. The buttons seem a little easier to push, because they are larger and the L2 and R2 buttons also have a bigger button that you can rest your fingers on.

One thing that I noticed right away was that the left analog stick and the directional pad were switched. Normally both analog sticks are located at the bottom of the controller, so I didn’t know how I was going to like that at first.  

I actually really like have the analog stick in the upper position. I played a lot of “WWE 13” this weekend and it seemed like I could move the characters around a little better. In “WWE 13”you have to use the R2 button a lot to reverse moves and it seemed like I was reversing more moves because of the R2 button design.  

I cannot say for sure if the controller really did enhance my gameplay, but I did play better this weekend using it.

I would also like to mention that the “Rock Candy” controller is not wireless and it has to be plugged into one of the USB ports on the PS3. That wasn’t a problem, because the cord is fairly long and I was able to sit on the couch and still play it.

A really cool feature of the “Rock Candy” controls is that it glows as you are playing with it. The plastic is somewhat clear, so you can see the inside of the controller, but there is a light in the upper part of the controller that illuminates the controller as you are playing. I felt that this was a pretty cool feature and unique.

Overall I really liked PDP’s “Rock Candy” controller. I really liked the design and how it fits comfortably in your hands. Even though it is not wireless, it has a pretty long cord. I also like the button designs and new location of the left analog stick. 

For more information on PDP go to http://www.pdp.com/.

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.