Article by FTG Contributor Cole Frazier
Kickstarter has become a term everyone has come to dread and despise in the gaming community over these past few months. It is a way for companies to get a head start on their plans and ideas, and even help smaller companies or individuals get a leg up in the industry. Unfortunately, anyone and everyone is jumping on this bandwagon. This is the case with Evil Controllers’ new Lithium Ion Powered Xbox 360 Controller.
The question that came to mind, and the one we are sure has crossed yours is, “Why would they even bother making a new controller?” Well, these passionate designers saw that people were growing tired of having to buy new batteries every two weeks or having to take a rechargeable controller and plug it in once the battery life ran out; they wanted to change this. They have designed a lithium ion battery that can be attached to any Xbox 360 controller and is guaranteed to last many months before it would need to be recharged. Here is a nifty chart:
Clearly Evil Vision is on top, but it would have been nice to see an actual graph with some measurements instead of three green battery bars. Along with the extended battery life, Evil Controllers has promised that this will make the controller lighter; allowing more finger room in the back, and a small fan is included to prevent overheating in your palms. All in all, I would say that this is a step in the right direction for controllers, but their timing could not be worse. The next-generation consoles are rumored to be in development as we speak, and many are theorizing an announcement at E3 2013. With new consoles comes a new or redesigned controller. So if the consoles are released with a new controller, these Evil Vision add-ons will become obsolete. Sound advice to them is to wait for the next generation and then swoop in to give players more options.
So far, the Kickstarter has raised $1,175 with 14 backers, and it will end on December 2. Donating over $80 guarantees you a new controller, while everyone else will have to buy the controller when it is released, or just buy the add-on. At the rate this Kickstarter is going, it doesn’t look like they will reach their goal, but anything could happen.
Now what do you guys think? Is this something that we should all just let pass by, or is this something that is a step in the right direction?