One part of the game that is accessible is the merchandise and a hotly anticipated item tied to the release is the Sea Of Thieves Limited Edition Controller. I managed, thanks to the very generous folks at Rare, to receive one of these units for review.
Let's see how it stacks up to its standard competition and whether it's worth plundering your savings to purchase.
Once you've removed the controller from its packaging, take the part of the box the controller was housed in and, pushing inwards at the side where it meets the outer shell, lift it upwards to reveal a number of printed items. These include instructions and a code for the Ferryman clothing set, in addition to a 14 day Xbox live gold trial.
Now that you have the controller out of the box, you can either use the two batteries included with the product, existing play and charge packs or even just a USB cable to connect it up and start playing.
Before discussing how it faired in testing, let's look at the differences between this and a standard Xbox One controller.
Moreover, the green glow-in the dark skull (contrasting with the controller's purple shell), which I'd previously thought would be a fully tactile representation, is actually just a smooth circle below where the Xbox/guide button is.
The final interesting addition, aside from the gold coloured right bumper, is the pattern that adorns the right hand grip of the controller as well as elements of the left-hand side, looking as if the controller has encountered some barnacles in its lifecycle. This design is pretty effective and the design team have done a good job making something that feels unique and different whilst still being usable in-game.
Speaking of in-game use, let's discuss how the unit faired in testing.
I'd like to thank the kind individuals over at Rare for sending this controller to me for review, as well as the design team for making such an interesting piece. I look forward to seeing where Sea Of Thieves goes in terms of accessibility for gamers without sight and now I have a controller that will definitely stay a key part of the voyage.
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