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Brook Mars Wired PS3/PS4/Switch Gamepad

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  • Product Description

    One pad to rule them all.

    Brook, designers behind this generation's essential multi-console solutions such as the Brook Universal Fighting Board with Headers, the Brook PS4+ Fighting Board with Audio, and family of converter devices, now integrate those technologies into a professional-grade game controller. 

    The Power of Three

    Three consoles, three ways to play: Brook is compatible with Playstation 4, PS3 and Nintendo Switch consoles, lending an amazing amount of versatility for modern consoles.  At just $45, this is an economical alternative to the Switch Pro controller, which commonly retails over $60. You can also utilize MARS on PC, with full X-Input support included.

    The number three also includes MARS' unique control options.  Cross and disc d-pad controls can be swapped at will, in addition to the multi-faceted control option made popular by the Xbox Elite controller.  Now you can enable this specialized control method on competing systems.

    Brook Mars Promotion and Feature Visual

    Brook Mars Promotion and Feature Visual

    Features

    • PS4, PS3, and Nintendo Switch compatibility. PC support via X-Input
    • Automatic console switching for PS4, PS3 and PC
    • Interchangeable cross, faceted and disc d-pad
    • Wired to offer zero-delay during gameplay
    • Manual console switch for Nintendo Switch (see Support tab for switching instructions. On mobile? Click here.)
    • Combo Key for PS4 Touchpad function (see Support tab for instructions. On mobile? Click here.)
    • Rumble function support on PS4, PS3, Nintendo Switch and PC
    • Motion control support on PS4, PS3, and Nintendo Switch
    • Headset support on PS4

    What's Included?

    The Mars controller includes a 10 foot Mini USB cable, plus interchangeable cross, faceted and disc d-pad to fit your game style.  All are packed in a striking red foil box.

    Included with purchase of Brook Mars Controller

    Support

    Firmware Updates

    Please check the Brook MARS Controller download section for latest firmware updates. new-window-icon.png

    Firmware Update Process

    Please follow these steps to update the firmware on your mars controller.

    MARS Wired Controller firmware update: Step 1

    First, press the D-Pad right, and L3 button simultaneously, then connect the MARS wired controller to your PC via its USB cable.

    MARS Wired Controller firmware update: Step 2

    Next, you should see a red "UPDATE" button if the firmware update combination was performed correctly.

    MARS Wired Controller firmware update: Step 3

    The firmware should begin updating on the MARS Wired Controller hardware.  Please do not disconnect the USB cable during this process.

    MARS Wired Controller firmware update: Final Step

     

    Finally, you will receive a notification when the firmware update has completed.

     

    Manual console Switching to Nintendo Switch

    To use MARS on Nintendo Switch

    1. First, upgrade to system 3.0 or Higher on Switch console
    2. Next, set Pro Controller Wired Communication to "on" in Switch console's System Settings.
    3. Finally, press the L1 button on the MARS controller, then plug into one of the Switch console's USB ports, located on the dock.

    Use MARS touchpad to emulate PS4 touchpad

    Brook MARS is an unlicensed PS4 device and therefore cannot use the touchpad as it exists on PS4 gamepads.  However there is an alternative method:

    1. Press and HOLD the touchpad located at top of the MARS controller
    2. Next, move the right analog stick to simulate touchpad functionality.

    MARS Button Mapping

    Please use the graphic below to review MARS button mapping for each supported console and PC

    MARS button map for PS3, PS4, Switch and PC

  • Product Reviews

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    1. Very nice controller especially for online play when no lag is the highest priority

      I'm using this generally on Nintendo Switch for Paladins. Brook is well known for their no lag and excellent converters/fighting boards for arcade sticks. I have an official Nintendo pro controller that I use wired. The pro is a finer controller in many respects though when not using HD rumble and for online games this is the controller to use. The rumble is very nice on tis thing, second only to HD rumble on the pro/Joy-Con. The D-pad is not overly marvellous though you can change the pad out (I use the stock Xbox Elite type one).

      You must update the thing on PC for it to work correctly on NS (it's at version 1.6 as of this writing). There is a download on the support section of Brook's website. I doubt those with issues here updated it. You must hold L1 when connecting the USB cable for NS mode. Also calibrate the analog sticks in NS system menu. After this is done, it works very well. This is the only current controller I know of that's not made in China. It is assembled in China with the board made in Taiwan. Brook is a Taiwanese company. Recommended as a second controller especially for those who game on multiple systems and especially for competitive online first person shooters.
      on May 14th 2019

    2. Nice, but I Have a Gripe

      First of all, I'm not a fighting game player. I just stumbled upon this controller, thought it looked neat, and am a fan of the DualShock layout.

      My gripe is that the automatic console switching feature isn't exactly foolproof. I don't know if it is specific to the one game I had this issue with, but a game called Enter the Gungeon has support for xInput and Directinput, which resulted in the controller switching back in forth until the in-game options were changed to only use xInput. Still, without further testing, I can't really bring myself to dock a star for something that was easily fixed.

      Interchangeable d-pad is pretty cool, but I've only used the bowl-shaped one since it is the most comfortable. Haven't had any issues with the wrong direction, but I think I've mostly been playing games where only 4-ways are used.

      All the buttons feel good to press and the controller in general feels good to hold. Rubber grip and matte finish are both to my liking.

      Analog sticks are very precise and I don't find my thumbs leaving the center of them.

      Start, Select, and Home are fine. Home button is transparent so the LED inside shines through it, which seems too bright and uncomfortable to look at, but I don't find myself looking at it enough to care.

      All in all, I'm happy with my purchase.
      on Jan 23rd 2018

    3. Universal, but not elite

      The controller works for all the advertised platforms, but not all that well. The d-pad is barely usable. the height and tension of the motion allows it to tilt as you press it, giving you lots of bad inputs. tapping left can easily give you an up. Way too much effort to depress. This is also true of the R1/L1 buttons. They move much too far before activating and it feels absurdly unnatural. Since the touchpad has no actual touch function, it is missing the ability to produce "left touch" and "right touch" clicks. For example, Bloodborne opens an item quick menu with a left touchpad click, and an emote menu with a right touchpad click. This controller is incapable of that. A controller that is incapable of performing all of its parent system's functions in unacceptable. The ergonomic design and feel is very nice, but the fundamental function is extremely poor. on Jan 21st 2018

    4. A little disappointed

      UPDATE FROM FA: We are investigating the issue you reported with Brook, and awaiting a firmware update to address the PS4 timeout issue.

      Overall, as a "catch-all" controller, I think this does pretty well as it works well on PC and when it works on PS4 it worked well for me. My issues were two major ones. The first one was that it seems to time out for me on PS4. Every time I've used it on my PS4 it has just stopped working at one point. I can reset it but that requires getting up and unplugging it from the PS4 and plugging back in and starting the process over. This happened in the middle of a For Honor match for me and there was nothing I could do to get it back in time to not lose the match. Also, the dpad is awful. Given that this was advertised heavily on this site (mainly a fighting game focused site) and from a company that makes many products geared towards fighting games, I bought this hoping for a really solid dpad that would make this my ideal pad for fighting games. Unfortunately, it's simply unusable in fighting games and that's really disappointing. The d-pad feels sticky to the touch and mushy when you press it. Due to it's size and construction it results in WAY too many unintentional diagonals leading to jumps when you don't want them and just plan dropped inputs because the game registers a diagonal instead of cardinal direction. I pre-ordered this and was really excited for it. I have given it a good shot and have just come away disappointed. I have a lot of faith in Brook as a company and their reputation is great (which is why I pre-ordered) but I haven't been happy with this. If there is no timeout issue then it could at least be used for shooters and such and would work pretty well.

      The construction is pretty solid (thought a bit light for my taste, but that's preference), it feels good and looks awesome. I like the idea of switching out the dpads but if that came at the cost of having an overly sensitive dpad, then I would have rather they just stuck with one dpad option but one that actually worked.

      If you're getting this for just another controller for all game and not primarily for fighting games, then you might have better luck than me. As long as you don't also have the timeout issue.
      on Dec 28th 2017

    5. I wanted a universal controller between PS and PC and I got it

      I think this is a very good controller for the price. Feels better than the Dualshock 3 I was using and no need to go through an extra step to get it to work correctly with my PC just plug and play. I will say though that it is not built for fighting games as the D-Pad is a bit too touchy. Even simple inputs like left or right gave me an accidental diagonal input. Which sucks because playing Injustice with it feels blah and that game has pretty simple inputs for moves.

      Other than that it gets an A- from me because all around it's still an awesome pad.
      on Dec 14th 2017

    6. Great controller to carry around

      This is a really good controller that works on every modern day non-Xbox console. Tested on my PC and PS4 and it works great. It has a good lengthy micro USB breakaway cable that has notches that line up with some plastic pegs to secure the cable more than a standard micro usb cable (though a standard micro usb cable will work). The light bar is kind of weak. Headphone jack is awesome, actually was louder than my Dualshock 4 (probably due to the wired connection)

      The controls:
      Pros:
      + Good analog sticks that are responsive and comfortable. I played Knack just fine with them.
      +- The buttons feel more like silenced buttons, which makes them feel more spongy. This takes some getting used to, but can actually be a plus because other players won't hear your button presses as loudly. The R1 and L1 could be better. The buttons are still very responsive.
      + The interchangeable D-pad is awesome. The disc-shaped D-pad feels nice for quarter turn attacks in fighting games. Best of all it has squares that don't hurt you but instead help you know where you are on the D-pad, unlike the Mad Catz Fightpads that are completely smooth. The other two D-pads are nice as well. This is actually a proper D-pad unlike the Switch Horipad, which uses a plastic D-pad rocking over 4 buttons. The Dpad plastic rests on an actual D-pad cross on this one without feeling cheap.
      + Good comfortable trigger buttons.
      + Loud audio through the headphone jack (on PS4)
      + Motion controls- this makes it one of the best controllers because you still have the motion controls. Currently this is the only third party controller I know of that is a wired pad with motion controls for the Nintendo Switch. It also works on the PS4, tested on the on screen keyboard.
      + Still has options and Share button
      + Has a home button.

      Cons:
      - Touch pad emulation feature on PS4 is not as good as using a Dualshock 4. It can work, but is not as easy as using a Dualshock 4.
      - Light bar on the controller is dim and has no options to adjust on PS4.
      - Brook button (home button) LED backlight is way too bright and has some light bleed on the edges.
      - This controller left me with a hand cramp that I have not experienced with a Dualshock 4, it may possibly be slightly wider than a Dualshock 4.
      - The face button labels are different, but they are colored with the Playstation symbol colors, so this is a minor pet peeve.

      Overall, this is a great controller, especially if you want a controller to play on your friends console(s). Definitely worth the price, especially if you get free shipping.
      on Dec 6th 2017

    7. Well worth it

      At this price point, you can't go wrong.

      Feels really solid, rubber non-slip grips are great / comfortable. Triggers and bumpers are great, as are the analog sticks. All are superior in feel to the Xbox One controller IMO. Triggers / Bumpers are on par with the PS4 controller, and I like the analog sticks on this more.

      The face buttons are fine, if a tiny bit tall and spongy. The D-pad, by design, is a bit too sensitive. Because of the space they give you to switch out the D-par type, you can roll into an accidental diagonal a little too easy for my taste.

      Overall, no regrets. This is a great first-effort by Brook. Given it's more then reasonable price and its universal application, I'd recommend it for sure.

      on Dec 3rd 2017

    8. Great Buy!

      Really solid all-around controller. Works as promised on PS3, PS4, and PC(I don't have a Switch). plug & Play, man. Nice size, good texture, responsive buttons & triggers-it's got the whole package. Great value for its price. on Nov 29th 2017

    9. Solid controller

      The Brook Mars controller has great features with three different pads, compatibility across three consoles + PC, and zero input lag. Not surprising given the history of Brook products.

      The main nag I have on the controller is the cross style d-pad is too small for my liking. I find myself jumping whenever pressing a lateral direction which leads to a ton of misinputs. I would not use this controller for fighting games due to this which is pretty disappointing considering that was my main intention for purchasing it.

      On the bright side, it's a fantastic controller for other genres. The analog sticks feel smooth with Xbox One-style grip and the trigger buttons are very responsive. The headset support is a huge plus for me as well.

      Overall, I'd give it a 3.5/5 but I rounded it to a 4/5 due to the site's rating style. Not very worth it for fighting games unless you have smaller hands. A good purchase for other genres.
      on Nov 26th 2017

    10. Cheap Build

      Very dissapointed in the controller. Feels cheap and pulling off moves in a fighting game just feels very tedious and feel awkward.

      Tedious because the buttons are very spongy, you have to put extra pressure compared to a standard button for Xboxone/DS4 controller.

      unecessarily stiff for no reason, if you ever use an elite controller it feels good playing with it. I'm not expecting 150 dollar quality out of this one, but even a standard controller which is currently on sale for 40 dollars, it blows this out of the water.

      Save yourself the trouble and stay away from this one.
      on Nov 24th 2017

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