Adding a good peripheral to your gaming set-up has the ability to change an evening of being spawn-camped to spawn camping, losing that close race because you couldn’t push the button quick enough to get that last little speed boost you need or even getting sniped because you couldn’t snipe fast enough. A bad peripheral can have the same affect, just in a negative way. Therefore let me introduce you to Trigger King, a peripheral creator who is determined to make your gaming experiences much better than they were before with the Trigger King Xcalibur PS4 AdjustableTriggers.
The Trigger King Xcalibur Triggers weigh practically nothing, which is paramount to any peripheral attached to a controller. Their shape is inspired by a double tap trigger, emulating a trigger loop on the R2 and L2 buttons while adding an extended loop out from each one for a more sensitive response; this is perfect, because the existing DualShock 4 triggers are made to respond to minute inputs. These Xcalibur Triggers extend out from the R2 and L2 buttons approximately two inches that curl out and away from the controller slightly and at the base hooks underneath the existing trigger buttons. This gives the triggers more of a pull feel rather than that of a push, making any shooter a breeze and any racer a cinch.
Having tested other products that were meant to do the same thing as the Trigger King triggers and not having near the luck for various reasons, I can say that Trigger King have made the gaming peripheral the way it should be made. While it may look like they are super long and would get in the way or be too hard to deal with, they really aren’t. The length is important and it’s actually what makes the Trigger King’s work in my opinion. Especially being made from such durable plastic as the Trigger King’s are.
Unlike most trigger attachments I’ve had previously, these trigger attachments are adhered to the triggers rather than clamped or lodged onto them. Each trigger has a strong adhesive strip, which I would liken to a gel version of Command Strips, which are guaranteed to strengthen the longer they’re adhered to a surface. I attest to this, because in the first hour or so of attaching the Xcalibur Triggers, they felt a titch flimsy. However, even after a few hours, they felt quite a part of the controller and have been rock solid ever since.
I was very nervous and cautious when setting my controller down onto a table or whatever, thinking/feeling that I might knock them loose and cause them to possibly fall off. I can assure you this is not the case at all. Once they are on there for even just a couple of hours, they are there to stay. It would take a bit of work to knock them loose or to break them off completely. It can be done, sure, but it’s not as easy as you think right at first.
The triggers also have a wonderful adjustable quality to them. Tiny flat-tipped screws are found at the tops and the outer sides of the triggers, which allow for a most customized feel and position. This also means that included with each pair of Trigger King Xcalibur Triggers is a small screwdriver to accommodate these adjustments. What these tiny screws ultimately do is take position on the controller to either limit how relaxed the trigger gets, this being the top screw, or reducing how much the trigger can be pressed, this being the outer screw. These limitations to button motion help make responses faster and, quite frankly, make the triggers feel more sensitive, which is the ultimate reason for getting a handy peripheral such as the Xcalibur Triggers.
As with previous peripherals, this wasn’t the case. They were merely stuck on to the trigger with two small pieces of double sided foam tape and that was it. There was no way of adjusting them in any way to your particular type of game play and this is definitely where the Trigger King’s excel.
In regards to the usage of screws, I was quite worried that these metal pieces would start chipping or scratching the plastic framework around the triggers. This can actually happen if you screw the screws in too far or too hard. But if you watch the installation video(I’ll provide it below) and follow exactly what it says you need to do, then you should have absolutely no worries at all about damaging your controller with the screws.
One thing to note is that in the package you are given a screwdriver for tightening and loosening the screws as well as a couple of extra pieces of the adhesive tape. I spoke to Aran Kissoon, the CEO/Founder of Trigger King, and he has told me that in the near future they will be selling these separately on the website. Mainly because he knows that this little screwdriver can and probably will get misplaced by a lot of folks and that the adhesive is something people will want if they install and remove the Trigger King’s on a regular basis. Currently there is no price for these two items, but I’m sure they won’t be very expensive since the Trigger King’s themselves are under $20.
I recommend these trigger attachments for anyone looking to play first-person shooters and racing games, through and through, or any type of game that requires a great deal and constant command of the R2 and L2 Buttons for one reason: These triggers take up a larger amount of space behind the controller itself. This is a concept that’s easily taken for granted, especially when playing games more focused on the face buttons or more laid back games.
When doing so, I know a lot of gamers tend to only keep their pointer fingers resting between the 1 and 2 Buttons on both sides until I need to use one of the triggers. Then, they swing their middle fingers up and around the triggers; but here, with the Trigger King Xcalibur Triggers, they might easily get caught up underneath them just like when you get your foot caught under the brake pedal in the car when you’re trying to stop.
I know a fair amount of gamers who won’t be bothered by a peripheral like this, because they game with both pointer and middle fingers in position at all times, so the Xcalibur Triggers will feel right at home with them. This is the case with me since I happen to play most all games with both my index and middle fingers always on the buttons. However, gamers like me will see these added triggers as more of a game-to-game necessity rather than an always-on commodity. So, I intend to have them on a separate controller that I’ll use for Destiny or The Division or other similar types of games.
Overall I highly recommend the Trigger King Xcalibur PS4 Adjustable Triggers over any other similar peripheral out there today. First and foremost is because of the quality of the build, how they are attached to the controller and of course the price. Being priced at only $19.95 for these is a really good deal in my opinion as I would expect something of this caliber to be a bit more pricey. They have definitely improved my game quite a bit especially when playing Destiny and The Division and that’s nice to see since other similar items didn’t do anything for me really.
The final thing to add is that if you wish to save 10% off of your entire order of Trigger King’s, be it for these PS4 triggers or for the PS3 version or whatever, simply visit their site and use the code CLIFFWADE to save you some of that cold hard cash.