The best rhythm game controller is a keyboard, especially this one

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To compensate for all those times I used a console controller to play first-person shooters on PC, I bought a mechanical keyboard specifically designed for playing rhythm games on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. . It’s called the K28 Keyboard Style Controller, and it’s nearly perfect.

A mechanical keyboard is the absolute shizz for any game that requires rhythmic tapping. Clickety-clack or thunkity-thunk (depending on which keyboard switches you’re using) provide the perfect physical and auditory feedback to help keep time with the music. If you play rhythm games on PC, any keyboard will do. Consoles can be a little tricky, sometimes requiring adapters to properly map a keyboard as a controller instead of just a more convenient way to enter a password or DLC code.

The K28, launched late last year by GAMO2 rhythm game hardware specialists, is a keyboard designed specifically for playing rhythm games on console and PC. It has 28 keyboard keys with solid PBT keycaps and a choice of linear red or tactile brown switches. There is an LED screen in the center, which flashes when the buttons are pressed. The screen is also used to select from the unit’s 11 preset configurations or to help users create their own.

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The K28 has a very small footprint. It’s also very sturdy, with a heavy aluminum base for added stability. I paid $150 for mineand I don’t regret a single penny.

The K28 supports most of the rhythm games I play on Switch and PlayStation 4 right out of the box. Coverage of presets for both consoles Respect DJMAXMusynxthe Hatsune Miku Project Diva Games, Demo, Muse Dash, Taiko no Tatsujinand Pianist. The only console game that has given me trouble so far is Superbat: Xonic, because I’m used to using analog sticks for some parts of this game, which the K28 obviously lacks. The K28 also includes a preset for fighting games, in case anyone wants to try a fancier button mash.

I don’t have videos of me playing songs with the K28. My current setup just doesn’t support fancy aerial productions. Fortunately, YouTubers like Tsuyosa got me covered, and they’re way better than me to boot.

Pretty damn impressive, right? Watch Now YouTuber Tafokints cheek Tetris 99 above. Dude is a machine.

What I like about the K28 as opposed to standard keyboards is the compact key layout. My fingers tend to wander across a larger keyboard while playing rhythm games. I’m going to get into a groove, and the next thing I know is that every note I hit is out of tune because my fingers moved left or right. There is no room to move on the K28. My fingers stay in place.

What won’t stay put much longer are the K28’s keys. These plain black and gray covers beg for custom caps. I don’t know if I’m going to order something special or rummage through the thousands of caps I already own, but I’m going to ruin it. Pink and yellow, perhaps? Who knows.

I love this little keyboard. This is exactly what I wanted to take my rhythm game…game to the next level. One day I will be as good as Tsuyosa.

Or my fingers will fall off.

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