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Scuf’s new PS4 controller adds wireless play and new customizable side buttons

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The company’s first officially licensed wireless PS4 controller for the North American market

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Custom console game controller maker Scuf is today announcing a new custom PlayStation 4 peripheral that sports an additional two buttons. The device is also the first officially licensed third-party wireless PS4 controller for the US and Canada market. (Previous models of Scuf PS4 controllers have featured wireless play, but none have been officially licensed through Sony.)

In the absence of an official Sony-made controller in the vein of Microsoft’s Xbox One Elite, this new Scuf model is about as close to a pro gamepad you can get for the PS4. Other options include the wireless Hori Onyx and the pair of official licensed pro gaming models from Razer and Nacon.

The new product line, called Scuf Vantage, sports two so-called “sax” buttons that are described as “unique side-mounted right and left” buttons and positioned on either side of the controller next to the existing bumper and trigger buttons.

The controller also features a few features new to Scuf’s line of PS4 gamepads, including a new audio control option for adjusting volume and muting various sound sources via the PS4 touch bar. Sucf says the Vantage will also come with a removable faceplate for easy customization of the thumbsticks and other aesthetic options.

Image: Scuf Gaming

The device isn’t all that different than Scuf’s current PS4 line, which includes the standard Scuf Infinity Pro and the slightly pricier four-paddle Scuf Impact. With the Vantage, you’re getting the same suite of customizing hardware add-ons for remapping key commands to the back of the controller. In addition to that, the new side “sax” buttons will add an extra layer of customization for players who really want to try and replicate the full range of input commands a keyboard and mouse combo allows.

The Scuf Vantage is up for preorder in a wired-only option for $169.95 and a wireless Bluetooth one for $199.95. For the time being, Scuf is only selling the device in the US and Canada, and the company’s website says it will start shipping in August 2018.

Correction: A previous version of this article said the Scuf Vantage was the company’s first wireless PlayStation 4 controller. That is incorrect; it is simply the first officially licensed one.