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SCUF One Xbox One Controller Review

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REVIEW UPDATE 8/21/14: We’ve been using the controller now for about two weeks, and we wanted to provide an update. The control is one of the best in class. Some of the worries we had at the beginning have become non-issues, and nothing to worry about. The controller build and structure is fantastic and over time, this controller will give you a great experience for playing the best in class first person shooter games. 

SCUF Gaming controllers have been around for a while now; pro gamers around the world use SCUF controllers for better grips, the paddles, and overall better controller. For years now, we’ve just stuck to using the regular controllers that come in the box with each console. We’ve never ventured out to try something new. Using the SCUF One, we’ve learned a lot.

Microsoft’s out of the box controller restricts many fans of the one thing that we as gamers want: options on how we want to play. SCUF Gaming brings an incredible variety of options, with options to choose how many paddles, the shape of the thumbsticks, whether you want rumbles, Electro Magnetic Remapping, ability to change the Xbox logo light, and the best-in-class grip. You, as the gamer, get to dictate which features you want, to make it YOUR controller. 

The staple feature of SCUF controllers is of course the paddles. You can choose either 2 or 4 paddles. The paddles are located on the back of the controller, and you get to choose what button assignment you want for those. For our controller out of the box, we chose A and B button for the two paddles. What the paddles do, basically, is allow you to use the configured buttons without having to move your finger off the thumbsticks. This allows you to, in Call of Duty, maybe slide into the action and be able to change the direction your character is looking. But what if you bought your controller and then realize you want to change the paddle configuration? Make sure that when you buy the SCUF itself, be sure to select the EMR – Electro Magnetic Remapping feature. This allows you, with a Scuf Magnetic key, to change the paddle layouts whenever you want. We tested this out, and it works very easily. 

You also get the option to select the type of thumbsticks you want. SCUF offers 6 thumbstick options, with many choices from concave up, and more. We decided to go with the Regular Concave option for both thumbsticks. After using this option, it’s become natural to make sure your fingers stay in the thumbsticks. The concavity allows your fingers to be cushioned into the placement, and feel comfortable while playing. 

Another huge improvement in the SCUF One is the new Hair Trigger function. This reduces the trigger latency so you can press the trigger button faster and start shooting in action quicker.  The trigger stop mechanism prevents you from making any unintended actions after you press aim/shoot button.  This is very helpful when playing Call of Duty or any FPS title. It brings a new level to how you should play your game.

Finally, and what we think is the best feature, is the grip. It’s incredible. The first thing you’ll notice when you pick one of these up is that the texture on the back allows for a comfortable grip that ensures a sturdy placement in the hands.

SCUF has delivered an amazing array of features with their SCUF One controller design. The clean, beautiful design with so many customization options for to choose from, delivers a best in class product for all FPS gamers. 

4.5/5 

Grip: 5/5

Responsiveness: 4/5

Trigger Functionality: 4.5/5 

EMR Feature: 5/5 

Highlights:

  • Best in class grip
  • Electro Magnetic Remapping feature allows for quick paddle placement change
  • Trigger is more responsive than out-of-box controller 

Cons:

  • Update (8/20/14): We wanted to clarify regarding the color issues – the issue is not a production issue at all; it’s only a mishandling by the user issue.
  • Update (8/20/14): To clarify regarding tear: the controller’s back may see some normal wear/tear after prolonged usage of the controller; the material on the back, after further impressions, does seem like it’s easy to tear. Our initial impressions of the material revealed a possible tear could occur. 
  • Not really made for games other than First-Person Shooters.

Visit SCUF’s website today to purchase your SCUF One. PlayStation 4 fans, SCUF also has a new line up of 4PS PS4 controllers available on their website as well. 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer & Warzone 2.0 reveal date announced

Modern Warfare 2 & Warzone 2.0 are officially on the way, and Call of Duty fans finally have a date for a major gameplay reveal.

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Activision and Infinity Ward have officially confirmed when we will get our first look at Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer and Warzone 2.0, with a gameplay reveal announced during the CDL Championship Weekend 2022.

CDL Championship Weekend 2022 sees eight of the best Call of Duty teams battle it out to become world champions. While this is the final Vanguard event of the year, attention is already starting to turn towards the next game in the series, Modern Warfare 2.

While we’re still a few months away from the game’s October 28 launch, the good news is that we’re finally going to glimpse of multiplayer action and the next evolution of Warzone, with Infinity Ward set to host a reveal for both games on Thursday, September 15, 2022.

The Call of Duty Next event will feature the world reveal of Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer, the reveal of Warzone 2.0, a first look at Warzone mobile, and much more.

  • What the imminent future of Call of Duty will look like, including many more details regarding Modern Warfare II, information on the next Call of Duty®: Warzone™, and more on the mobile version of Call of Duty: Warzone (also known as Project Aurora).
  • A full Modern Warfare II Multiplayer reveal.
  • A multitude of your favorite streamers at the event, playing the games in real time.
  • [[REDACTED]] information and surprises!

Modern Warfare 2 is set to headline one of the biggest years of Call of Duty ever, with the game’s release set to be closely followed by Warzone 2.

If you’re desperate to get your hands on the game early, the good news is that a multiplayer beta is set to arrive before the game’s release, with details also announced during CDL Championship Weekend.

Image Credits: Infinity Ward / Activision Blizzard

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Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer beta dates revealed

Call of Duty fans will be able to get their hands on Modern Warfare 2 before its October launch with the multiplayer beta.

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Call of Duty fans finally know when we can get our hands on the next entry in the legendary franchise, with Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer beta dates revealed during CDL Championship Weekend 2022.

While the best players in the world have been competing in Los Angeles at the season-ending showcase for the Call of Duty League, attention is already turning to the next title in Activision’s FPS juggernaut.

Thankfully, we now know when we’ll get out first taste of Modern Warfare 2, with the game’s multiplayer beta dates announced on the final day of CDL Championship Weekend.

Call of Duty players will be able to play Modern Warfare 2 in September, with an exclusive beta for PlayStation owners followed by a crossplay beta for all platforms.

You can view the dates in full below.

PlayStation Exclusive beta

The first Beta weekend is available on PlayStation® 4 and PlayStation®5, and is scheduled to run from Friday, September 16 at 10 AM PT to Tuesday September 20. This weekend is for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players only. You are able to access the Beta without requiring the PlayStation Plus subscription service.

  • Early Access: September 16 – 17
  • Open Beta: September 18 – 20

Crossplay Beta

The second Beta weekend is available on all console platforms and PC, and is scheduled to run from Thursday, September 22 at 10AM PT to Monday, September 26. Crossplay will be active allowing you to party up with friends and the greater community, no matter what hardware they play on.

  • Xbox & PC Early Access: September 22 – 23
  • Xbox & PC Open Beta: September 24 – 26
  • PlayStation Open Beta: September 22 – 26

Players can pre-order at retailers or digitally to get access during the Early Access period.

Infinity Ward also showcased a first look at the Grand Prix MP map for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

While fans will be able to get their hands on Modern Warfare 2, we won’t be able to sample Warzone 2.0, which is currently set to launch later in the year.

Thankfully, we will get a look at the game before its release, as part of the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal on which takes place just before the beta.

Image Credits: Activision / Infinity Ward

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Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition could be approved in US by next month

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision could be finalised in the US soon, as the Federal Trade Commission has 30 days to challenge the deal.

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The gaming industry was taken by storm when Microsoft announced its acquisition of Activision, and now new details reveal that the deal could be done sooner than many thought.

Activision has a lot on its plate with Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2. Call of Duty fans are more excited than ever for these new installments, and while development continues, one of the biggest acquisitions in gaming history plays on in the background.

New details have been shared regarding Microsoft’s purchase of Activision, implying that the deal could be completed in the next month.

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has now received the information Microsoft needed to provide to complete the deal for Activision.

The FTC told Microsoft and Activision that additional information was required in order to complete the deal back in March, and it seems this request has now been fulfilled according to news provider Seeking Alpha.

This now means that the $69 billion deal could be completed very soon, as the FTC will have 30 days to challenge the purchase, and if they decided not to, the acquisition will continue.

Having said that, for the countdown to begin both Microsoft and Activision have to have provided the wanted information, and as far as we know, Activision may still have to do so.

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However, once all of this required information has been handed to the FTC, a 30-day countdown will begin, during which the FTC will be able to allow the deal to commence unchallenged, challenge the deal, or negotiate with the involved parties and establish some rules to keep the market healthy.

The CMA, which is the UK’s equivalent to the FTC, are also investigating the purchase, so they will also need to approve before the acquisition can move forward. The deadline for the CMA is September 1, so fans will know by this date whether the deal will be going through or not.

If all goes to plan for Microsoft, we could see the acquisition completed within the next 30 days, even before the release of Modern Warfare 2.

Luckily, CoD fans on other platforms will not need to worry, as Microsoft have already confirmed that they will continue to support Call of Duty fans on all platforms and respect the ongoing Call of Duty exclusivity deal PlayStation has with Activision.


PlayStation also have an interesting acquisition of their own involving Bungie, who are also working on a new Destiny-inspired competitive FPS game.

Image Credits: Acftivision / Microsoft

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