The Access Controller Unboxed: Photos and Impressions

The Access Controller package contentsDesigned by acclaimed console modder Benjamin J. Heckendorn (BenHeck), The Access Controller is a modular, single-handed control solution designed primarily for people with physical disabilities and brought to mass-market by peripheral manufacturer eDimensional.

We received our unit today, so I finally got to get my hand on it. I wanted to take a picture of the unit in its box, but our friends at the Canadian Border Services Agency felt that they needed to open and subsequently rip the packaging. I took a picture of the unit, the contents of the full package and one of each of the interchangeable modules. Check out my initial impressions. Read More...

My first impressions are not very good. The d-pad is one of the worst I have ever laid a thumb on. It's springy and it grinds against the casing. It feels like pressing a single button, not a 4 or 8-way switch. The face buttons, bumpers and analog sticks also suffer from a grinding feeling, hopefully this goes away as I use the controller.

The case build is solid and lightweight and is shaped to be comfortable while playing with the Access Controller on your lap. There is also a wrist pad on the unit for extra comfort. The modules all snap into place easily and feature guide slots to ensure proper installation. The form factor is great and just the right size, but I have to question the choice of a glossy finish on a black controller. Fingerprint city.

The package includes a wireless adapter for a PlayStation 2 console. eDimensional has also included a PS2 to USB converter so that The Access Controller can be used on a PlayStation 3 console or on a Windows PC. It should be noted that the controller includes no SIXAXIS functionality or rumble. The unit is powered by 3 AA batteries, also included.

Is the Access Controller worth the $129.95 USD asking price? Check back in about a week for my full review.