Do you remember the OUYA? You know, the incredibly-hyped crowd-funded mini system? For a time, there was quite a bit of discussion surrounding it. Then, it was released and turned out to be nothing short of utter trash. The whole controversy surrounding that unfortunate system and its company has been talked about numerous times already, so there’s no need to bring it back up again. The main point is: it came out of nowhere, and fizzled out just as quickly. But, now it seems to be making a comeback…well, kind of.
Chinese manufacturer ViGRAND has decided to create a Bluetooth controller that’s compatible with the Nintendo Switch and even PCs. The real catch is that it has the color scheme of the Neon Blue and Red Joy-Cons with the design of the OUYA’s gamepad. Here they are side-by-side:
I, for one, simply can’t figure out the thought process that went into this. Chinese companies do have a reputation for blatant plagiarism, but this is just strange. Out of all the things to knock-off, ViGRAND decided to pick the OUYA controller? Just…why?
What’s probably even weirder than this is that it’s currently sold out on AliExpress. Either not a lot of initial units have been produced or this thing somehow became a very hot item. At just $25, it is a very affordable alternative to the official Pro Controller. But, no doubt the quality definitely isn’t up-to-par.
But, to be fair, it’s spec sheet is almost impressive. This thing actually happens to have gyro-functionality, so you can use motion controls in games that support it. On top of that, it has dual vibration motors. None of the licensed third-party Switch controllers feature gyro, rumble or even wireless functionality, so technically this monstrosity is superior from a spec-perspective. The battery life only comes in at 5 hours, though, so you just might end up keeping it plugged in most of the time anyway.
Again, I can’t think of a reason as to why this thing exists, but if you have a Switch or PC and need a cheap extra controller, then maybe this just might suffice.