Astro Gaming - C40 TR Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC
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Fully customizable gaming controller for any playstyle and any genre
Quickly and easily swap the analog stick or D-pad modules for consistently sharp performance and playstyle while improving the response time
Set up the controller in either offset or parallel configurations for a convenient gaming experience
Allows the user to perform trigger functions without having to depress the triggers fully. Comes with 3.5mm jack to listen to game sound and voice chat
The C40 TR Controller will work with supported PS4 games on PS5, but will not be compatible with PS5 games.
The built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery provides up to 12 hours of the freedom of wireless gaming
Free customization software exponentially increases the C40 TR controller's versatility and accuracy
Compatible with PlayStation 4 and PC using Windows 8/10
- Astro Gaming C40 TR Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC
- C40 TR faceplate, C40 TR tool
- D-Pad module, D-Pad plus cover
- Owner's manual
- Travel case
- Two analog stick modules, two standard height concave caps
- Two standard height domed caps, one tall height concave cap, one tall height domed cap
- USB cable, USB wireless transmitter
- Battery SizeBattery pack
- Compatible Platform(s)PlayStation 4, Windows
- Product NameC40 TR Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC
- BrandAstro Gaming
- Model Number940-000184
- Color CategoryBlack
- Headset JackYes
- Analog JoysticksYes
- Button MappingYes
- Rechargeable BatteryYes
- Charging Interface(s)Micro-USB
- Battery TypeLithium-ion
- Battery SizeBattery pack
- Batteries IncludedYes
- Product Height6.02 inches
- Product Width3.74 inches
- Product Length8.07 inches
- Product Weight1.52 pounds
- Compatible Platform(s)PlayStation 4, Windows
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts6 Months
- Manufacturer's Warranty - LaborNot available
Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 828 reviews(828 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great but Not PerfectPosted .
This controller was tested on a PS4 Pro and PC by a multi-console owner. ---SETUP--- The ASTRO C40 controller works out of the box with the PS4 without the need to update anything, though it is recommended that you connect it to a PC or Mac and update the firmware. If you want to customize your controller, you do need a PC to download the free software. ---FEATURES--- The key feature of this controller is that you can swap the D-PAD and left thumbstick with each other, making the left and right thumbsticks be offset, similar to an Xbox One controller. Additionally, you can customize two extra buttons that are below the controller (UL and UR) to function as any of the face buttons or triggers. Each trigger has a switch that allows you to shorten the distance required before a full press. Another switch allows you to change between 2 pre-programmed profiles on the fly. It features wired or wireless use and there is no light bar, like all original PS4 controllers have. ---PERFORMANCE--- I currently own well over 10 controllers for various platforms. The most common problem with third party controllers is that the D-PAD and face buttons always feels unresponsive. I’m happy to say that this is the first third party controller that feels as good as the original. Arguably, the gaming community prefers the weight and offset thumbsticks of the Xbox One controller. Though it doesn’t come out of the box like that, I was able to swap the D-PAD and left thumbstick in under 1 minute. After that, I played Apex Legends on PS4 and PC using the controller, and I was more comfortable with the Astro controller than the original PS4 controller. To test the D-PAD, I popped in Mortal Kombat X, and it was just as responsive as I wanted it to be. There is a touchpad, a menu, and a share button on the Astro that all work as they should. If you are worried about this controller not feeling as good as the original PS4 controller, then you can rest assured that this will feel great in your hands and on your gaming sessions. ---EXPECTATIONS--- The product meets my expectations but a few hiccups prevent it from achieving the coveted 5 stars. To start with, if you are using this with your PS4, there is no app on the PS4 to customize the controller. As a multi-console owner, the Xbox One Elite Controller (XOEC) can be customized from the Xbox itself without needing a PC. Next, this controller only has 2 giant extra customizable buttons where the XOEC has 4 paddles. I prefer the paddles from the XOEC because the can be removed and won’t interfere when unneeded. The Astro C40’s under-buttons can’t be removed and are located where most gamers rest their middle fingers, so you might accidentally press them. Another thing I noted was that the Astro C40 controller can’t turn on your PS4 wirelessly, even from standby mode. I had to use my older controller then switch to the Astro after the USB dongle was recognized by the PS4. Every time you want to switch the D-PAD and thumbstick back, or if you want to swap out types of thumbsticks (convex vs concave), you need to use the included hexagonal screw removal tool, unlike the XOEC which doesn’t require a tool because everything on that is magnetic and can be swapped in seconds. Also, though the Astro C40 controller charges with a micro-USB cable, the entrance of the cable was made in such a way that if it needs replacing you will probably have to buy another cable directly from Astro because of a tunnel entrance to the connection. ---SOFTWARE--- The software on PC is easy to use and understand. After connecting your Astro C40s to a PC, the drivers are automatically installed and the software recognizes your controller. Customizing profile 1 and 2 is a breeze and helps tremendously with remapping face buttons to the under-buttons. In games like Apex or Call of Duty, you can now reload without losing sight of your target. Other games, like Bulletstorm, don’t have customization of buttons within their menus. I created a profile specifically for this game and I was able to change running to UL (under left) and made my experience of that game much more enjoyable. ---VALUE--- The price for the Astro C40 controller is 50 dollars more than the XOEC. It is definitely a steep investment, but one that is well worth it if you game often and like having a competitive edge. ---APPROVAL--- I highly recommend this controller for gamers who want to train for competitive gaming and get that edge needed to come out on top. This controller has a great feel in terms of weight, has amazing customization options, and has a response time that’s just as good as the original. Despite a few flaws, it’s worth getting it.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Control Your GamePosted .
I game a lot. It’s a passion. It’s one of my favorite forms of escapism. That passion has allowed me to own my fair share of pro game controllers. Some good. Some bad. And some REALLY bad. When Astro revealed their C40 TR controller, I was curious. I’m here to say that my curiosity is satisfied. The Astro C40 is a streamlined design while being durable. I know that I’m not the only one that has partially stepped on a controller that I haphazardly set on the floor. The C40 can endure those moments. Everything about the C40 seems like it had a lot of input from gamers. But allow me to get to what matters… The performance of the Astro C40. The range of movement is satin smooth even compared to a standard PS4 controller. There’s none of that ‘resistance’ and at the same time, it’s not weak like a wet noodle where the analog sticks are floppy. The metal stick shafts prevent that grind deterioration and dust that you’d normally get from plastic stick shafts. Anyone who games for long periods over the course of months will appreciate this design. The face buttons respond sharply when used. This means that when you press any of the buttons, they have a click, signaling that you’ve pressed & connected. There’s not a mushy feel that normally comes with default controllers. The same responsiveness is also found with the triggers and shoulder buttons. Responsiveness defines a moment in a game like Sekiro, Nioh other games that require precision response time. Sensitivity is also important in shooters like Call of Duty, Fornite, Apex Legends, etc. The trigger stops on the C40 allow for an even faster response for as long as the game allows the trigger stop mechanic. I discovered that the trigger stops didn’t make a difference in The Division 2 however, this can be remedied via configuration software (I’ll circle back to this later). If you’re into fighting games and don’t have a fight stick then the C40 will prove itself useful because the analog sticks are as responsive as they are in other genres. If you prefer to use the default D-pad is raised just enough to let you know which way you’re maneuvering to pull off a move that results in a fireball or a reversal kick. The rear buttons (under the backside) provide an advantage for those jump shots that sometimes confuse your target. Let me admit that it’s nice being on the giving end of those moments. What I really enjoy about the rear buttons is that they are simple. There are no paddles to accidentally press or fall out their designated slots. Having customization is a very welcomed feature. Through the easy configuration software, not only can you remap buttons but you can also calibrate the trigger sensitivity for those games like The Division 2 where the trigger stops aren’t applicable. With the slide of a switch, you can go back to the default settings of the C40 if needed for those times where your custom layout doesn’t meld well with a particular game. On the physical customization front, the C40 allows you to change out to different styles of sticks that are included. You can also create a parallel or offset analog stick modules. Personally, this is a welcomed feature because I had nerve surgery done on my hands which subjects them to cramping. But when I switched the D-pad with the left analog stick, creating an offset layout, the cramping has decreased. This option wasn’t afforded with my other controllers. The wireless option has proven itself solid. I haven’t experienced any lag or interference. I have to mention that you cannot power on the PS4 with the C40 whether it’s wireless or plugged in. It is my understanding that third party controllers aren’t allowed to power on or off the PS4. If I could change anything about the Astro C40, it would be with the design of the port where the power/charge cord plugs into. It sometimes requires some maneuvering for it to fully fit. It also would’ve been nice to have the alternate D-pad included. I honestly believe that gamers will embrace this controller and will discover many advantages with it. The Astro C40 is responsive, ergonomic and feels firm. The plethora of customization options offers something for every type of gamer. For Astro, the C40 is an impressive debut.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A NEARLY perfect controller if you have the meansPosted .
PROs: - The folks at Astro really pulled out all the stops; just about everything here simply FEELS right and was clearly carefully thought out to maximize performance and comfort--from the premium-feeling heft to the soft-touch coating to the gently ribbed textures of the grips for sweat control and reassuring comfort in the hand, the simple visceral rush of holding this controller is quite a feat! - Powerful customization options without feeling overwhelming--the two integrated rear paddles feel like a natural extension of the controller rather than extra controls placed on top of the plastic shell, and they can be customized to mirror any two controls (say, reload and weapon switching) without even heading into the software using the unobtrusive programming button on the back - Innovative replaceable and relocatable D-pad and thumbstick modules allow for symmetrical (PS dual-shock style) or asymmetrical (Xbox style) stick/D-pad layout--the included hex key enables a 15-second operation to remove the face-plate (don't worry, the screws are captive and won't fall out!) and swap/relocate the controller parts to suit your preferences--this also increases longevity because thumbsticks developing drift or poor D-pad movement over time can be remedied with a very reasonable $20 replacement module from Astro - Small trigger-stop slides on the back are excellent for improving responsiveness in FPS or reducing the physical demands of gaming with repetitive trigger action on those long-throw trigger switches--if your game doesn't recognize a full press if have trigger stops engaged, you can easily customize the registers/sensitivity in the Astro gaming software to read 100% signal at a half pull--a wonderful way to put more control in the hands of the user - Though the 2m cable isn't braided, it does have a premium, heavy rubber coating and a trapezoidal micro-USB head to lock reassuringly into a DEEPLY recessed cutout on the controller--this effectively makes the entire shell of the C40 part of the strain relief for the micro-USB connector that are otherwise notorious for going bad across virtually any device...I can't honestly see that happening to this unit even if you bump it and move it around a lot - Small wireless dongle works directly in a PS4 (glows blue) or PC (glows white) USB port for low latency 2.4Ghz wireless connection--I personally noticed no wireless lag during gaming, but then those of you who are serious/semi-pro or better about your e-sports and gaming probably prefer wired anyway - Everything you need packs neatly into the included travel case...no need to keep track of anything in a separate location, even the faceplate removal tool, and the velcro closure over the inside-cover cargo net is big enough to keep the USB cable coiled up and out of the way of the controller when the case is zipped close; the added foam piece to protect the back of the controller from the extra thumbstick toppers and and D-pad covers just shows much thought went into packaging and presentation - The Astro gaming software offers not only button/controls remapping, but also customizations on sensitivity/registration for the analog sticks and triggers, custom audio EQ settings delivered via the onboard 3.5mm audio jack (and even adjust playback from the little speaker on the controller itself), LED brightness (though it's really just the one center LED that you can change in intensity) and rumble intensity, and you can create as many individual profiles for these various combinations as you want that can then be synced into one of the two onboard memory slots that you can switch between on the fly using the small slider switch on the top of the controller - Comes with three sets of thumbstick toppers: 2 standard height concave, 2 standard height domed, and one each tall concave and domed (which felt weird at first, but actually allowed for greater aiming precision once I got used to the feeling) - Battery life does seem to clock in at least somewhere approaching the advertised 12-hour limit--mine had no problem lasting through a 10-hour gaming session during a recent sick-day CONs: - Probably a better choice for people with bigger hands--a bit larger than a DS4 and noticeably larger than the Xbox 360 or Xbox One controllers & at nearly 3/4 of a pound, it may get fatiguing if you're used to holding feather-light controllers - Requires a separate dongle as it's not bluetooth--you have to remember not to leave it behind when you travel (though the dongle has its own cutout in the travel case) - As many have noted, you can't turn on the power with the PS button on the controller--Astro tells you this up front and it doesn't bother me personally, but it does throw a bit of a wet blanket on an otherwise premium controller experience - The battery pack is not user-serviceable...though rated for over 500 cycles, eventually the battery will go belly up, and then...??? This seems like a curious oversight given the modular, user-serviceable nature of the rest of the design--the lack of a battery indicator on the controller or in software is also a bit of an annoyance - The face buttons feel slightly less "solid" than the rest of the controller and are curiously the only things under the face plate that are NOT replaceable--a future revision might include a modular button cluster to address poor button registration that could develop over the long-haul - Speaking of the face buttons, the C40 will only be recognized on a PC as an Xbox controller--Astro support confirmed as much and said that this allowed for greater compatibility within the PC environment--BUT, it also means that Steam will not (at least at this time) recognize the C40 as a PlayStation controller even if PlayStation controller support is enabled in the Steam client...any games supposedly coded to support PlayStation button prompts will still be showing Xbox icons instead--a swappable/customizable button cluster would help create consistency across gaming platforms and truly allow for "one controller to rule them all" - While I personally dig the black, red, and gray colorway, I'm not 100% sure how well some of the silk-screened printing on the housing or face buttons, or even the soft-touch finish on the grips, are going to hold up over time as more finger oils and dirt accumulate...time will tell - The rear paddles, while well integrated, are also very big and easy to press accidentally just in the natural course of gripping the controller--I don't have an alternative proposal myself, just realize that it's easy to press them with more than just your fingertips given how you're likely to hold/squeeze the controller in use - While I can kind of forgive that medium height thumbsticks were not included (Astro currently shows them as "New Arrival/Online Exclusive") given that there are already six to pick from/customize in the box, the lack of a D-pad disc feels like a let-down...I don't play fighting games so I didn't have any problems with the 'plus-style' D-pad, but I can see how the premium pricing would probably leave some gamers a bit indignant that a single alternative wasn't included in the box - The shoulder bumpers and triggers are stacked right on top of each other--those of you who are used to having a little space between those controls might end up inadvertently pressing a trigger or shoulder button depending on where your fingers rest during play - Thumbsticks are not magnetic (no, nothing says they have to be) so they take a bit of almost alarming-feeling force to pop off when you need to swap them out - The odd-shaped cavity for the USB port on the controller means it's possible that a spare cable you've got lying around might not fit if you happen to lose the one Astro gives you in the box Summary review: As a DualShock controller, the C40 TR provides for about as top-of-the-line an experience as you can find. Smaller-handed gamers might be the only ones who really don't/can't warm up to the controller given its relative heft and size; but otherwise, if you can get past the lack of a battery level indicator and console power control from the PS button, there's not much this controller can't do for you, or what you can't make the controller do through software customization. As a PC controller, you will enjoy all that same flexibility and onboard/in-software customization, though I personally found the lack of congruence between the face buttons and any onscreen prompts a minor irritation (experienced gamers may not even notice or care). Tolerance/preference for thumbstick and D-pad resistance tend to be very personal--I had no problems with either--they don't require a great deal of force but don't feel sloppy or loose either--but then I have somewhat larger hands so it all just kind of melted together into a very comfortable and ergonomically pleasing package. Given the price, I highly encourage you to audition one yourself so you can judge whether it will be unwieldy or sit comfortably between your palms and fingers. As to one of the C40's primary selling points, I greatly appreciated the ease/ability to relocate the D-pad and thumbsticks modules to suit my mood and play style, and the ability to easily replace those modules when they become worn is a great step towards protecting your investment long-term. I can see even greater potential for this controller line with some additional options for user-serviceability down the road: modular batteries and a replaceable face button cluster would elevate the C40 to near end-game controller territory. While it doesn't QUITE achieve total untouchability amidst competition from other high-end controllers (given the few design observations noted above and what's not included in the box), the C40 TR is nevertheless a very compelling, premium feeling, luxurious gaming experience--definitely recommended.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Configure it your wayPosted .
One of the main differences between a typical PlayStation controller and an Xbox controller is the thumbstick layout. Some people prefer them one way or another. With the Astro C40 Tournament Ready (TR), you can swap them out to whatever position you prefer. Now you can have the Xbox layout on a PS4 or the PlayStation layout on a PC. They are easy to swap with the included hex tool and four screws that can’t get lost, as they remain attached to the faceplate. Similar to some other high end gaming controllers, you can swap out the thumbstick for concave or convex, short or tall. It comes with two of each short style, but only one of each tall concave or domed. More can be purchased on their site as well as the D-Pad replacement. All of the included parts are easily stored in the included hardshell case as well. Along with the customization there are paddles under the controller that can be mapped to any other button, except R2/L2. They can be remapped on the controller with the press of a button, or through the PC software. There are also physical trigger stops that stop R2/L2 at about 50% trigger pull, which can affect some games if you need 100% and don’t adjust it in the software. The software offers the majority of the customization features. This includes remapping all of the buttons on the controller, which can really mess with someone if you save it as the switchable second profile on the controller. You can also adjust the sensitivity of the thumbsticks and triggers. This is necessary if you want to use the trigger stops and still attain 100% effectiveness. It also has some audio settings for the 3.5mm connection that allows for 2 way audio that is saved to the controller so you don’t have to tweak every game. It even allows for you to reduce the rumble which can in turn help save battery life if playing wireless. You can create multiple profiles through the application, but only two of them can be synced to the controller to be switched to. The Astro C40 TR can be used wired with the included 3 meter USB cable or wirelessly with the included 2.4 Ghz USB adapter. The controller has a deep well to it for the micro USB connection, which will help prevent wear on the connection. However, it means you can’t use just any other random USB cable. It also feels pretty thick and sturdy, so it should endure the constant moving of playing video games. For PC I understood the need for the dongle, but felt it was kind of odd not to connect to the PS4 like the DualShock controllers. However, for the PS4, it was simple plug and play. This also allowed me to keep it wired to my PC and wireless to the PS4 and switch between them with the switch on the controller. As for playing with the controller, the first thing I noticed is that it is noticeably heavier than my Xbox and PS4 controller. However, only by a couple ounces and most of the time my arms are resting when I play anyway, so it's not like it made a difference. The grip style on the controller felt more like an Xbox controller. However, you have the button layout, speaker, internal positions sensors and touchpad of a PS4 controller. There is no light for the PS Move camera to notice though. While playing on my Windows 10 computer, most games recognize the controller as a standard Microsoft controller, with the A/X/B/Y buttons. Although, a true gamer doesn’t look at the button, they just know the button. I did have a problem with one game that did not recognize the controller. With a little Google research I found that by putting the games loader in Steam as a non-Steam game, then launching it from Steam, it worked like a normal controller. Apparently a common issue with other non-Microsoft controllers. I really do like the customization on this controller. However, for the price point I feel they left a few things out just so they can get more with the purchase of the accessories, like the interchangeable D-Pad. It also comes with a 6 month warranty and if you play a lot of games, you know how controllers can get worn. The good thing is, most of the time it is thumbstick that goes out first and for $20 you can get a new thumbstick module to easily replace it. Just hope that in 9 months it’s not the trigger that becomes the issue. I also found it a bit odd with the very sharp edges on the triggers and buttons. The trigger edges can really catch you off guard and give it a bit of cheap feel. Overall, solid controller with plenty of customization for the serious gamer.I would recommend this to a friend
FeaturesQuality4 out of 5Value3 out of 5Ease of Use5 out of 5
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A great alternative competitive controller!Posted .Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
The C40 is a great controller but its not perfect. A majority of the complaints for this controller is that it can not turn on the PS4 via wireless. It's because Sony doesn't allow that access to 3rd party manufacturers. The only reason SCUF can do this is because it uses genuine DS4 motherboards on their controllers. Some people need to research before complaining. I've had a drift issue with my right module even after the firmware update. I took apart my controller and cleaned the conductors with Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol and it worked flawlessly afterwards. It's been a month since that occurred with no issues even up until now. My main issue with this controller is the outer rubberized layer of coating. After using it everyday the top layer is peeling. Its a shame because the build quality is amazing. This shouldn't be happening so soon. My previous SCUF controller with the rubberized shell of 3 years shows no signs of wear or tear. For those of you familiar with Plasti Dip it's of the same quality. Maybe the next updated controller will be better but overall I'm satisfied with my purchase.
FeaturesQuality4 out of 5Value3 out of 5Ease of Use5 out of 5I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent quality and fully customizable!Posted .
Great quality, they feel premium on my hand, and I love the customization features! I was able to swap the analog sticks, and set it up as an Xbox controller layout (offset), as I feel that is the best! (see my pics). I was worried on doing this I would have to remap the analog sticks and the D-pad, however the controller recognizes which is which and automatically mapped it all! You must download Astro's software for the controller, as it allows you to update the firmware (plug the controller first, update the firmware, then unplug the controller, and plug only the wireless dongle, there is a firmware update for it too!) Afterward you can configure each button, you can also choose the sensitivity of each, LED brightness, sound (yes, it also has a speaker as on the original Ps4 controller and has a jack to plug in headphones too). Best controller hands on I have had. Only caveat on the PC is I can't seem to find a way to monitor my battery levels. The software doesn't tell you on the PC. Don't know if it does on the PS4, I will try that next. I highly recommend it and it comes with a great and sturdy carrying case!!I would recommend this to a friend
FeaturesQuality2 out of 5Value1 out of 5Ease of Use3 out of 5
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
Not Worth ItPosted .Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
I bought this controller about 3 months ago and it is hands down my least favorite controller I've ever used. I love my Astros headset, but the controller was a flop. Does it have great features? Yes it does with the whole computer thing and customizations but there is one major issue that makes me want to throw the controller at a wall or sell it for a double double at in-n-out. Stick Drift. Astros software has a "fix" for stick drift but it does not work! I take great care of my controller, it is never dropped or abused and I play maybe 10-15 hrs a week fortnite mainly. When I am done, it goes right back in it's nice little shell case. Being a first person shooter player, I need analog sticks that are not going to move if I dont want them to. I have had a scuf fps pro for 2 years and it was amazing. I've had a scuf impact controller and that was amazing. I decided to give astro a shot with their new controller and in less than three months, I cant even shoot straight because my screen is being moved when I'm not even touching the controller. I never write reviews at all, not once in my life, but if I can save 215 bucks after tax for someone then I'll be happy. Much love peace out.
FeaturesQuality2 out of 5Value1 out of 5Ease of Use3 out of 5No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The winner controllerPosted .
This Astro C-40 gaming controller is perfectly designed to fit hands. Quality of material and accessories is high. Functionality and ease of swapping thumb stick and modules is convenient to remap my controlling style. Feels good in hands and not too bulky or kind of heavy. After 3 days of playing I feel my hands got used to it and started pressing buttons easily. Speaking of maintenance, the smart design of taking off the entire thumb stick and d-pads cover is an easy way to replace them If they break. Audio jack port is handy if I like to use wired headphones. Fully customizable via Astro software on PC and Mac where I can remap the controller freely!!!I would recommend this to a friend
Asked by Jime.
- A:Answer What do you mean by, “cheating?” You can adjust the trigger stops and it has two buttons on the bottom that are programmable via pc, you can also adjust the responsiveness of your triggers to be more or less sensitive.
Answered by Derp
Asked by Monty.
- A:Answer No it will not
Answered by Hugo
Asked by Indy.
- A:Answer It comes with a usb cable that you can use to plug into your PlayStation or computer. The connection to the controller if far better than any that you’ll get out of a standard Dual Shock controller.
Answered by Derp