While this writer yearns for the days of the Duke from the original Xbox, such is the size of my shovel-sized hands, and the current Xbox controller lineup is, well, great, there's something to be said for a slightly smaller form-factor.
Enter Nacon's Pro Compact controller, which is out now for Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles. The smaller size, lighter design, and clean look mate it a great alternative to the standard Xbox controller, particularly if your hands are on the smaller side or you're looking to bring a younger player into the action.
Nacon's Pro Compact Controller Is Ideal For Smaller Hands
So, what's different? While the obvious change is the controller's size, it also brings those four 'central' buttons (the Xbox, share, menu and view buttons) closer to your thumbs.
The Xbox button drops down to a lower position, and the share button sits between the right thumbstick and the D-Pad, while 'view' and 'menu' have been nudged over to the left stick and face buttons respectively. That makes it much easier to reach them, but not too easy that you end up hitting them by accident.
There are some smart tweaks on the inside, too. For one, there's adjustable sensitivity for the triggers, vibration customisation, and full button remapping through Nacon's own Pro Compact app on the Microsoft store.
The controller is also wired, so battery charging isn't an issue, either, and headphones connected via the pad can enjoy the benefits of Dolby Atmos – which is something no other controller offers. You can also plug it straight into a PC.
If you're looking for something a little easier to hold, then the Nacon Pro Compact is worth a look. You can find out more here.
For more, check out our sister site Stealth Optional's review here.