Brook Super Converter Review
|Product Name:||Brook Super Converter|
|Platform:||PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Wii|
|Features:||Straight Conversions from one platform to another. Works with all kinds of controllers like gamepads, arcade sticks and racing wheels. Little to no delay in controller response. Constant firmware updates ensures that your controller does not time out!|
I figured it’d be good to do a follow-up to an article I wrote not too long ago, but in order to full appreciate what the Brook Super Converter has done over the past year, we have to look back at both the lifespan of a video game console and its corresponding (and varying) controller types associated with them.
Looking at it from their initial release to the launch of that console’s successor, we can make the argument that the average lifespan of a game console is about 6 years.
A console’s relevant lifespan can be credited to the amount of work developers churn out in order to push the boundaries of the console’s capabilities, not to mention an opportunity to heighten a player’s gaming experience. With the latter, manufacturers have found that building unique and customized controllers (read as not the stock controller that came with your console) provides the gamer with a more authentic feel to the game.
And tha’s not hard to believe, actually.
Take steering wheel controllers for racing games, for instance. When you have multiple iterations of the Grand Turismos, Forzas and so on, there is definitely a large market who love these games and immerse themselves in it to really enjoy their racing games.
And with recent games resulting in over 25% sales growth in the past year alone (and more alternative products than this, it’s without question that driving controllers were truly a staple in the years of the game’s and console’s relevance.
Then comes the new guy. And by new guy, I mean new console.
However, with advances in technology that can be harnessed, these will eventually translate to new consoles. When a new console is launched, not all titles available in its predecessor are available, so the compatibility of other peripherals do not carry over completely (or at all).
And although some of these manufacturers may have excellent after-sales support by providing driver updates to up the platform compatibility, the harsh reality is that these specialized controllers can be written off as a one-trick pony.
It’s an unfortunate occurrence for gamers who invested a lot on earlier consoles to have to either dispose their niche-controllers or let them collect dust in their attic. Even so for gamers who have shallow wallets as it gives them the impression that these controllers are just a fad.
But what if there was a way to increase your custom controller’s lifespan?
And what if you happen to be more accustomed to a legacy console’s stock controller that you wish you could use it in a newer one because of the comfort and performance you enjoy?
Three Words: Brook Super Converter
The solution isn’t too hard to find – enter the Super Converter variants from Brook Accessory (in the case of what I have with me, it’s the Xbox 360 to PS4 Converter, as shipped by ArcadeShock). Produced by a group of people with expansive experience in console and peripheral development, these Super Converters may be the solution that gamers have been looking for.
Don’t be fooled by their appearances – while they may just look like the usual USB drives you would find at the store, but what’s inside is where the magic happens.
When you plug the converter into the console, a “handshake” is established to confirm that a recognized controller is connected. When you insert your controller to the female USB port at the opposite end of the converter, it rides into the handshake as well – The result? Your older platform controller now works with your new console!
Brook Super Converter Advantage #1: No complicated assemblies for the same result
What’s that? You don’t want to spend on a converter and would rather tinker around to make your controller work on the new consoles? Well, there are some gamers out there who have a background in electronics and tech that they can disassemble a controller and replace PCB’s for one that is new generation-compatible.
This is definitely a viable way to keep your peripheral relevant to current times.
Wiring and soldering new PCB’s will allow you to reuse your peripheral for when its niche game’s sequel becomes available – you’ll be ready to go long before manufacturers start churning out accessories for these games.
There are several online sellers for gutted controller boards that are a fraction of the original unit’s price (Brook even has an actual PCB that you can hook up within your controller.. it’s meant for joysticks, though, but you get the idea).
The risk in doing this, though, is that you have to be really careful when soldering in these wires into the newer PCB’s.
One mistake can cause either the PCB or the actual controller to become unusable – you might end up spending more on replacing the controller! Also, a successful connection with your replacement PCB is 1:1, so if you have more controllers that you want to use on newer consoles, you’ll have to get more than one PCB, and that would bring up your cost and effort.
The Brook Super Converter doesn’t limit you to that 1:1 ratio.
That’s right, because of its USB design, you don’t have to worry about permanent controller fixtures. Want to go from fighting game to racing sim? Switch out your joystick for a racing wheel by switching out their USB cables. Want to revert to your old, wired controller for other games? Not a problem, either!
It’s this kind of versatility across different controller types from one legacy console that makes a Brook Super Converter a big reason to spare your controller shells and the additional dollars that come with each controller modification.
Do take note that in the fine print, 1 Brook Super Converter can be used actively by one controller at a time, but at least it’s not a permanent fixture.
Brook Super Converter Advantage #2: More effective than the single, simple, turnkey solution.
Some of us gamers are not as fortunate or as brave to open up these controllers, let alone go through several in attempts to get a controller conversion right. That is why the other alternate is putting some resources to products that can get the job done in minimal effort.
Adapters and mult-platform products have been called on over the years to fulfill that role, with the Cronus Max being the titular product.
Cronus Max (also known as Titan One) certainly has the edge when it comes to the number of platforms that it can support. It also comes with a Bluetooth dongle, which is a very convenient inclusion for gamers who prefer to use wireless controllers.
The big letdown for a product like this, however, is the amount of lag that it creates during input.
What this means is that the handshake created by the console and the Cronus Max has a more complicated protocol based on what is configured on the device and what controller is connected, not to mention if the configuration is the most legit one (Cronus Max allows a controller configuration + game-specific modification).
This is not necessarily a deal breaker, but with the new consoles implementing security updates (and requiring firmware updates on the converter) as well as the need for quick response in-game, it’s definitely a show of concern for a gamer.
The Brook Super Converter’s plus side: minimal to no lag!
That’s right – Brook has been very good at releasing new firmware as the need arises and has made it very easy for gamers to:
(1) confirm that the firmware on their converter isn’t the latest (if the converter doesn’t work, firmware update is required), and
(2) download the latest and most authentic firmware that they need (it’s immediately available on their website, so no need to fish around the internet for these modifications).. these definitely lessen the headache for gamers. I should note that the one I got from ArcadeShock already had the latest firmware installed, so less hassle!
And because the converters are specialized connections from one platform to another, the protocols that go to the console handshake is very straightforward, thus the response is pretty good! Here’s a quick video I put up to showcase how easy it is to setup a Brook Xbox 360 to PS4 Converter, as well as test the input lag from a joystick:
Brook Super Converter Advantage #3: Cheaper than buying new ones on the new consoles.
There are also some people who choose to just bite the bullet and purchase similar controllers for when these games are available in the new consoles – definitely an expensive choice, of course! Imagine buying a Guitar Hero controller for double the price of the original retail value of the legacy version from 2 consoles back, or getting the latest MadCatz fight controller.
Going this route would definitely resolve the problem of compatibility because you’re getting a controller that was made for your current console. Be ready to shoulder the cost, though!
The current stock controllers for the current-gen consoles will set you back around $70, and you’re looking at no less than $100, and that doesn’t even include shipping costs if you purchase online. That’s a lot of money!
News flash – a Brook Super Converter costs less than a controller!
That’s right, any variant of a Brook Super Converter costs around $34.95 (with the Xbox 360/Xbox One to PS4 being the most expensive at $44.95), and roughly around $20 shipping cost (more or less). That’s amazing value at practically half the price of buying a new controller in-store, so what more if it was a specialized controller?
Do you hear that sound? Yes, that’s your wallet breathing a sigh of relief.. or crying tears of joy.
Brook Super Converter – Game, Set and Match.
Let’s do a quick recap of the amazing features in a Brook Super Converter:
- Easy to use? Check.
- Flexible to be used by different specialized controller offerings for one console? You got that right.
- Very good input response? Yes absolutely!
- Costs less than a new controller? Jackpot!
The Brook Super Converter is a solid product in translating legacy controllers to latest gen consoles with minimal effort and lesser cost. When you purchase one, it will always come in a box along with an instructional guide to get you up and running as well as help you configure your buttons to suit your preference!
If you find yourself more than interested, then I highly recommend one of two places to get this product from; you can check it out on ArcadeShock where I got it, or take advantage of additional deals for the product through Amazon. Either way, you’re making a great investment in ensuring your controllers’ longevity!
Got any questions about the product? Please let me know in the comments below.Grab a Brook Super Converter Now and Keep Your Controllers Alive!