Hori Onyx Controller Review And Test

Hori might not be the best-known manufacturer of controllers in this country, but fighting-game enthusiasts are probably familiar with the company because of their arcade sticks. With the onyx now a wireless controller on the shelves – and we wanted to know whether the original controller from Sony can now retire or continue to be the measure of all things.


A good first impression of the onxy controller has done quite well – at least until we held it for the first time in the fingers. Because the feel could not convince us at all, the plastic looks noble but the feeling, if you touch the controller, does not correspond to that. At less than 215 grams, it is also much lighter than it looks. If you keep your fingers crossed over the concave shaped sticks, you will be more forgiving. In contrast to the original controller of the Playstation 4 they are offset. You either like that or not, the tastes are different. The resistance of the sticks is very pleasant and feels worthy. The barely audible click, if you move it from the zero position, irritates sometimes.

The also concave D-pad is surprisingly dull when pressed. It dispenses with the split design and orientates itself as with the analog stick positioning on the control pad of the Xbox one controller. Generally, the front four buttons and also the shoulder buttons L1 and R1 are quiet. For example, while a clear click on a Microsoft controller confirms the touch of the key, Hori Onyx does not. The noise is roughly comparable to that of the Dualshock 4. Similarly, by the way, the force required to press the buttons. But while one clearly hears and feels the attack of the rear L2 and R2 buttons on the Sony controller, Horis controller also dampens the noise level here. How strong the acoustic feedback has to be that’s certainly – like the position of the sticks – a matter of taste. Incidentally, the Share and Option keys are located below the touchpad in a round shape.


Incidentally, the scope of delivery does not include a USB cable so that the controller could be charged. But it can be charged with the cable that came with the Playstation 4 original controller. Also, the controller lacks one or the other feature: The Lightbar is missing, for example, as well as the built-in speaker, the headphone jack and the motion sensor. Granted, features that you will not necessarily miss in normal gambling. Except that you have to use a USB or Bluetooth headset. The installation of the Hori Onyx is relatively simple. First you have to switch on the PS4 with an existing controller and then look in the settings of new Bluetooth devices. If the onyx controller is in pairing mode, the PS4 recognizes it within a few seconds and you can start gambling.


So the first impression is a bit slow. But in the end, the Hori controller does not have to win a beauty contest, it has to be good in the hand and you have to be able to play with it. Good in the hand he is quite, the comparatively low weight or not. The back of the controller is indeed provided with a fine grooved structure to which the fingers really like to nestle.


During the game you get used to the sound of the controller and the slightly different acoustic feedback of the controller. The rather rough first impression vanishes relatively fast and the good feeling, which trigger the Analog Sticks, definitely strengthens. They are extremely pleasant. Only the weight of the controller I continue to feel as too low. It does not have to be a heavyweight like the Xbox One Elite controller, but 30 grams more would have done the Hori Onxy really well.

Since I know Hori until now mainly because of the really good quality arcade sticks, I am – frankly – somewhat disappointed. Of course, the Hori Onyx does not position itself as a rival to the elite controllers, such as the Raiju from Razer, but the cost also like double.

After all, as is often the case in life, it depends on one’s own expectations. If you are looking for a good Xbox-One-like controller because the non-symmetrical analogue stick layout suits you better, then you are well served with the Hori Onyx. The controller is very good in the hand and holds with a battery charge and over 5 hours of gaming sessions. The price, however – to come back to the cost – seems rather too high then set to be. It costs about the same as a Dualshock 4, but has no Lightbar, a motion sensor, or a headphone jack. Although a regular Xbox one controller does not offer this, except for the latter, it also costs around CHF 20 less. Rating


  • Very pleasant analog sticks
  • Fluted controller backside


  • Spartan delivery
  • Reduced “functionality”
  • Still practically as expensive as a Dualshock 4
  • No lightbar
  • No headphone jack

Written by GameZinger Staff


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