I came across TAC (Tactical Assault Commander) quite by accident and decided to look into this specific controller. The Grip Controller G1. TAC makes three different versions, the Pro, Four, and Grip. I decided to buy the grip because I’ve always wanted a controller and mouse combo/hybrid. I like the keyboard and mouse setup but I feel that freeing up three of your fingers from movement is more efficient since now you have additional control you didn’t prior to this.
I tested this on both my PC and my PS4 Pro. There are additional steps to follow when setting it up for the PC and even though there is no advertisement for its use for the PC, it is totally supported with software and drivers. I think they intended this as a PS4/PS3 product for the most part but included software for the PC players, which is awesome.
To start, I had an issue where I couldn’t get the mouse to work while plugged into the controller itself. The instructions were in Japanese so I had a lot of trial and error things going on. PS3 mode seems to solve that issue for me. When you load up the software (one program for all three units) you can start to reassign your buttons. There was a little confusion with the Fn button which can’t actually be changed because its a trigger button for a new set of buttons. So holding the Fn button (Function button) will give you access to a second layer of programmed buttons (button 1 changes to button 5 when holding the Fn key.)
The mouse that comes with the package is a complimentary gaming mouse (which is really cool of them) because you can plug in most any mouse you have and use it. I haven’t tried using the Logitech wireless mouse on it, but I know it’s compatible with my PS4 so I don’t see an issue.
I am now using the gaming mouse provided as my main mouse. I love it. It glides like butter. You can set the DPI from 400 to 3200 (for anyone who that’s important to) and because it’s wired and infrared, it works on just about any surface. A lot better than my stupid laser mouse that miraculously works on my wood surface because it takes a shit on anything else. Not the TAC mouse… the TAC mouse rocks. Four buttons on the side. (If using on PC standalone) On the outsides is volume up and volume down, insides is forward and back. Two buttons on top below mouse wheel… are unknown at this time but they look pretty cool.
On to the controller. So it was a difficult transition from having buttons on my right side of the controller now be on the left. It felt like I was writing with my non dominant hand. This will take some time to get used to and when you do it will be natural. One thing to keep in mind is that there are three rows of buttons instead of two like your standard Xbox or PS controller. The bottom button (the Fn button) is what “upgrades” your other 4 buttons to their different assignments. If you’ve played any MMO’s on a console, you know that there are different quick-slot bars depending on which trigger you’re holding (or something to that effect) so the concept shouldn’t be foreign to you (even if the product is… badumtissshhhhh… <– that was a drum… ah forget it) If you’re already super comfortable playing games on what you have, keep on keepin on. This is for new games that require you to remember new actions. It was a little difficult to play The Witcher 3 with this, but BF1 was butter. I wonder how Dark Souls would play using this… hmm… So the mouse acts like a mouse and not like a joystick controlled by a mouse. What I mean is, when products come out like this, there’s usually this weird edge scroll where you have to return the mouse to the neutral position for it to stop the camera from moving. Not with this. That is seriously one of the best things about this controller. The controller is light because it doesn’t have a motor or a battery inside. At first I didn’t really like it but then after about 10 seconds of playing I realized that my hand would get tired of keeping the controller upright. I also thought that the touchpad was not truly a touchpad, but it actually IS! I didn’t think it had a headphone jack BUT IT DOES!
So, some downsides. It is wired. heavily wired. The main USB cable is 3 meters long (about 10 feet) and then there’s the mouse wire that plugs into the controller. If you don’t have a comfortable and clean area, you will feel strangled. This is honestly not much different than Wii Nunchucks aside from the long cable going to the console. Like previously stated, it is light. I almost threw that shit into the ceiling lifting it. The instructions are not translated so you will have to hunt down the English version of the manual online (or go here). There is a relearning process for games you’ve committed to memory.
The Pros are as follows. Comfort strap to keep your hand glued to the controller. ALL PS4 features are there. The mouse rocks socks. The software is actually really good. There are different firmware versions to fit your needs and they have pre-configured controller profiles to download and load up (here). There is a ton of customization that I haven’t even touched on, both software and hardware, but will dive into as soon as I’m done here.
Check out the website below for their official feature list and other products that might interest you. http://www.hori.jp/products/p4/p4_tac_g1_UK/#banner
Overall I really like this and it has delivered on every advertised facet. It feels sturdy but the weight makes it feel a little cheap, but it really isn’t. The button presses work well as mid knuckle pushes (your index on the far button and the mid finger joint on the inner button) work well. Again, it takes getting used to the new button layout, but once you get it, you’ll love it. I also love reclining in my chair and not have to balance a keyboard on my knees.
Anyways, I hope this helps get a better grasp on the product for those interested, and to the haters, just keep hating. When you start getting owned on the console, know that someone is using this and they have a huge advantage.
Welcome to the future old man.
Overall I’ll give this a 978 out of 990.
Yes! This controller is amazing. It really is. You are able to remap ALL (but Fn) to any other button you want on the fly. You wont need to enter any special menu, just know how to program and reprogram the controller using the “assign” feature. The small buttons under the mousewheel is sensitivity control (the DPI control) and it is noticeable with each step and is is quick and easy. There is a quick button that is meant to instantly max out your sensitivity for quick 180-360 no scopes. There are also a few dedicated buttons that slow your movement, reduce aim sensitivity (for sniping) and reduce both at the same time. Watch the video below of me playing 5 minute of Battlefield 1 on the PS4 Pro. It feels and acts like PC controls. I’m floored. rating just went up to 985 out of 990.