I know it’s hard to believe by the title but it’s true, KontrolFreek thumbstick attachments simply work. As much as I’d like to buy a Scuf or an Xbox Elite Controller, it’s hard for me to justify spending $150+ on a controller, even though they do look great and probably some competitive advantage/customisation to the standard controllers. A cheaper alternative is the KontrolFreek.
For around $15, it’s the simplest and cheapest attachment you can get that will make your gaming experience better. All analog thumb sticks have a dead zone. This is basically the time it takes for input (moving the thumb) for the game to register the movement on screen. Putting these little covers minimizes the dead zone by raising it higher and provides more accuracy and sensitivity, which ultimately lead to better game performance. This is most noticeably with driving games and shooters where precision and targeting is paramount to your success.
I’ve been using them since Xbox 360 days and have them on both my PS4 and Xbox One controller. Sure it might be placebo effect but what’s the harm in spending around $20 for the increased chance of playing better. I just like the feel of raised thumb sticks with more grip. If the controller feels better, the performance is better. Simple as that.
There’s a ton of different types of KontrolFreeks ranging from colour, grips and heights. You may want to experiment a bit with the heights of the right or left thumb sticks but personally, my setup has the right thumb stick a longer than the left one. I feel like this provides increased accuracy and control, especially when it comes to competitive multiplayer shooters like Call of Duty where snapping on and targeting quicker is the difference between life and death.
Overall I’d highly recommend Kontrol Freek as a simple accessory that will improve your gaming experience at a fraction of the cost of a high end third party controller. Seriously, just give it a try.