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Astro’s $199.99 PS4 controller offers ‘Elite’ levels of customization

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A high-end gamepad option for PlayStation 4 owners

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close-up product shot of the Astro C40 PlayStation 4 controller’s face buttons. Astro

Gaming hardware maker Astro will release a new controller for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC early next year that promises a high-level of customization, including swappable analog sticks and D-pad modules, programmable buttons, and custom trigger sensitivity. The high-end controller, known as the Astro C40 TR, will come with a premium price: $199.99.

Astro says that the C40 TR was designed “from the ground up with pro gamers and professional tournaments in mind — aspiring pros, hardcore gamers or any gamer who demands more from their gaming equipment.”

The C40 TR will let players choose the configuration of their analog sticks and d-pad, with a parallel (DualShock-style) or offset (Xbox controller-style) set up. The controller will include a variety of stick caps that players can choose from.

Users will also be able to map a pair of rear buttons — designated as UL and UR on the C40 TR — directly from the controller. More customization is available through Astro’s PC software, which lets players create custom controller profiles, adjust trigger and stick sensitivities, remap buttons and more.

More features, from Astro’s official announcement, are as follows:

Wired/wireless modes: With the on-board Mode Switch, quickly change between wired and ASTRO’s proprietary 2.4 GHZ wireless mode to adapt to any gaming environment. Both offer low-latency for pro level performance.

Wireless audio: The C40 TR Controller delivers high fidelity game sound and voice chat in Wired and Wireless mode via the 3.5mm jack. The C40 offers game sound and voice chat in Wireless mode. Compatible with any gaming headset with a 3.5mm jack.

Trigger stops: Quickly and easily activate the trigger stops, which adjusts the trigger pull distance, to allow hair trigger performance in most FPS titles.

12-hour battery life: Outlast your game with up to 12 hours of battery life.

Included travel case: Travel safe and secure with the travel case for the C40 TR. Protect your controller, module, stick caps and tool all in one hard-shelled case.

The officially licensed C40 TR’s feature set is similar to that of Microsoft’s first-party Xbox One Elite controller, which retails for $149.99.

Astro’s high-end PS4 controller is available for pre-order from its website, and will be available at retailers including GameStop, Amazon and Best Buy. It’s expected to ship sometime in March 2019.