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Brook Super Converters review: Cross-console controller insanity is here

Want to use an Xbox controller with your PlayStation 4 or a PlayStation controller with your Xbox One? Rather than creating an all-in-one product like the Titan One, Taiwanese manufacturer Brook Design offers a whole line of Super Converters that allow specific systems' controllers to be used on another console. We tried out three different Super Converters: PlayStation 3 and 4-to-Xbox One, Xbox 360/One-to-PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 2-to-Xbox One. Find out how well they work in our detailed review with video!

Brook Super Converter lineup

Brook offers a variety of Super Converters at different price points ranging from $25-50. We tested the options in bold, which we've elaborated on below:

  • Xbox 360 to Xbox One
  • PlayStation 3 and 4 to Xbox One
  • PlayStation 3 to Xbox One
  • PlayStation 2 to Xbox One
  • PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One to PlayStation 4
  • Xbox 360 to PlayStation 4
  • Xbox 360 and One to PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 2 to PlayStation 3 and 4
  • PlayStation 3 and 4 to PlayStation 3 and 4

PlayStation 3 and 4-to-Xbox One

Brook Super Converters review XBox One PlayStation 4

The PS3/PS4-to-Xbox One Super Converter is a red USB device about the same size as a large flash drive or the Titan One. It connects to your Xbox One via a single USB port. To use a PlayStation 3 or 4 controller with the accessory, you'll plug it into the Super Converter's female port via USB cable. DualShock 3 controllers hook up with a mini-USB cable, and DualShock 4 supports micro-USB, so connecting to the Super Converter won't be a problem. As for

After connecting the controller to the Super Converter and plugging it into the Xbox One, the LED windows on both sides of the accessory will light up. The DualShock controller will then come on in wired mode, charging its battery while you use it.

Amazingly, the DualShock 3 and 4 can be used wirelessly with the Super Converter after the initial wired connection. Remove the USB cable from the controller, turn it back on, and it connects to the Super Converter via Bluetooth. All Brook Super Converters that accept PlayStation 3 and 4 controllers have built-in Bluetooth.

Whether you use a DualShock 3 or 4, the PlayStation buttons do just what you'd expect from the same-positioned button on Xbox One. L1 and R2 act as Left and Right Bumper, the PlayStation button acts as the Xbox One Home/Guide button, etc.

A few PlayStation controller functions don't do anything when used with the Super Converter on Xbox One. The DualShock 3 and 4's tilt functions are not supported on Xbox One, which makes sense. You can't use the DualShock 4's touchpad or touchpad button (pressing on the touch pad) either, but I believe Brook plans to allow users eventually to assign Xbox controller functions to the touchpad button.

A bit more disappointingly, headsets can't be used with any of the Super Converters. The DualShock 4 has a built-in headset jack, but it doesn't work on Xbox One through the converter. The technical wizardry required to make that happen would probably be impossible. For now, you'll have to use another Xbox One controller's headset for voice chat in online games.

As an added bonus, this converter allows the use of PlayStation controllers on Windows without the need for extra drivers or programs. If your system has the Xbox One controller driver installed, Windows will see the PlayStation controller/Super Converter combo as an Xbox One controller.

Using an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 controller with these Super Converters undoes the sync of those controllers with the original console, so you'll need to resync the controllers when you use them again with their native systems.

Xbox 360/One-to-PlayStation 4

Brook Super Converters review Xbox One PlayStation 4

The Xbox 360/One-to-PS4 Super Converter closely resembles the previous adapter, but it comes in green instead of red. As you'd imagine, it allows wired Xbox 360 controllers, Xbox One and the new Elite Controllers (connected via micro-USB cable), and some third-party controllers and sticks for those consoles to operate the PlayStation 4. Wireless Xbox 360 controllers won't work with Super Converters by default, but they will work if you connect a wireless Xbox 360 controller adapter for Windows to the Super Converter.

Some PlayStation 4 games require the use of the DualShock 4's goofy touchpad and/or its touchpad button. You won't be able to simulate touchpad functions with Xbox controllers, but the Super Converter has the touchpad button covered. Just press both analog sticks at once to "click in" the touchpad.

Elite Controllers have a couple of extra hardware functions not found on standard Xbox One controllers: trigger locks (preventing the trigger from fully depressing) and paddles (rear buttons that duplicate the function of other buttons). Both of these features are built into the controller and work with the 360/One-to-PS4 Super Converter.

PlayStation 2-to-Xbox One

Brook Super Converters review Xbox One PlayStation 2

The PS2-to-Xbox One Super Converter is much larger than its brethren because PlayStation 2 controllers have larger, non-USB connectors. This adapter has a switch to toggle between PlayStation 2 controllers or steering wheels, so it should convert at least some PS2 wheels for Xbox One play (though we don't have any PS2 wheels on hand for testing).

PlayStation 2 controllers do not have a PlayStation/Home button, which could've been a problem since Xbox One needs such a button. Luckily, the Super Converter itself has a built-in button that acts as the Xbox Home/Guide button. Thus, all Xbox One buttons are accounted for.

Note that the PS2-to-Xbox One Super Converter is not firmware upgradable, unlike the other two accessories in this review. It does support a turbo function (more on that below), but not button remapping.

Turbo and Button Remapping

Brook Super Converters review Xbox One PlayStation 4 Saturn Pad

Both the PS3/PS4-to-Xbox One and 360/One-to-PS4 Super Converter support two advanced functions that can make games easier to play: button remapping and turbo. The turbo function takes one continuous button press and passes it on to the console as multiple repeated presses, which can be very useful in some games.

And though the Super Converters map each controller's button to the natural equivalent for the target console, users might still want to remap buttons. You can do that as well, without the need for a remapping app. Both the turbo and remapping commands require users to input a series of button combinations, with instructions to do so written out in the included manual.

Turbo-fire is technically a form of cheating, in tournaments anyway. Brook offers "Tournament" firmware for the PS3/PS4-to-Xbox One and 360/One-to-PS4 Super Converters (and all other Super Converters that support upgradable firmware) that disables the rapid-fire turbo feature. The color of the built-in LED will change as well, communicating that your controller or arcade stick is tournament-safe.

Firmware updates and compatibility

Brook Super Converters review Xbox One PlayStation 4

Most Brook Super Converters, including the PS3/PS4-to-Xbox One and 360/One-to-PS4 Super Converters support firmware updates via Windows PC applications (Mac is not currently supported). Updating the firmware helps maintain compatibility when system and controller firmware changes, as well as adding compatibility with new first- and third-party controllers and arcade sticks.

Any Super Converter that connects to the PlayStation 4 will require a firmware update out of the box thanks to new console system firmware that partially breaks compatibility with the Super Converters. You can use a non-updated converter with an updated PS4, but it will disconnect from the console after 8 minutes. Brook is on top of their game, though, and quickly releases a new firmware when a manufacturer update monkies with their adapters.

Brook Super Converters review Firmware update

The process of installing a Super Converter's new firmware is relatively painless, requiring a short sequence of button presses displayed within the update application. But actually figuring out which firmware to install can be a pain, as the firmware list is poorly laid out and explained (see screenshot above). Brook needs to list precisely release date and version number for each firmware release. Also, some super converters have an "A" and "B" file – it seems that users should install both files in most cases.

Super Converters work with some third-party controllers but not others. For instance, the Razer Wildcat and Power A Fusion Pro Controller don't currently play nice with the 360/One-to-PS4 Converter – but the Power A Mini-Series Controller works like a charm.

You can find a list of known compatible controllers in the Brook thread at Shoryuken.com. Even though some third party controllers don't work right now, Brook can add support for new controllers via a firmware update. In fact, Brook tells us that it hopes to make the Wildcat and Fusion Pro compatible in the future.

Brook or Titan One?

Brook Super Converters review Xbox One PlayStation 4

Way back in 2014, we reviewed a product called the Titan One that allows gamers to use the controller from one console on another console. Brook Super Converters don't work with multiple consoles like the Titan One. If you have an Xbox One and a PlayStation 4 and want to use each system's controller with the other, you'll need two different Super Converters for that. And Brook (understandably) doesn't even offer Super Converters for use with the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, or Wii. Still, many gamers will just want to convert one system's controllers to another system, in which case a single Super Converter ends up cheaper than the $60-70 Titan One.

The Super Converters' biggest advantage is that they don't require a controller from the destination system to function. To use the Titan One on an Xbox One, you have to start by plugging in a genuine Xbox One controller before swapping to a different controller. That Xbox One controller can't be used as long as the Titan One is spoofing its ID.

In contrast, Brook's converters don't require an original controller at all. When you plug a Super Converter into a Xbox One, the console automatically detects it as an Xbox One controller. Not only is this more convenient, but it also opens up some fun multiplayer scenarios. I only own two PlayStation 4 controllers, but thanks to my two 360/One-to-PS4 Super converters, I can play four-player local games on the PS4.

Oh, and don't forget that Brook Super Converters that accept PlayStation controllers have built-in Bluetooth. With Titan One, you'd need an additional Bluetooth Adapter for wireless functionality.

Overall Impression

Brook Super Converters review Xbox One PlayStation 4

The Brook Super Converters perform extremely well. When you use one with the controller from another console, it's like the controller was made for that console. There is no noticeable lag, and everything just feels right. If you have a controller or arcade stick that you'd like to use with another supported console (and especially if you own both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4), I highly recommend Brook's Super Converters.

Brook's products are still relatively new, so availability is currently an issue. Amazon only sells a few Super Converters at present. To get other models, you'll need to check the Brook distributor list and find a retailer with the converter you want. Brook really needs to make more of its converters available on Amazon soon, though.

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

88 Comments
  • Don't need it, don't want it. Just buy the damn system you want. Problem solved.
  • Sorry for giving people options! Damn.
  • Thanks for that well-thought out response. We really appreciate what it adds to the discussion.
  • That's a pretty ignorant response. You are NOT the majority, you are a single person and your opinion is obviously poor considering there has been a market for these things for a while. So pull your bottom lip over your head and swallow. Problem solved.
  • Lmfao. Priceless.
  • I would use this after purchasing a ps4 so I could use my Elite controller there.
    I just cannot stand the dual shock layout. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I think WIIU needs the most help though.their controllers are the worst. One reason I can't stand the system. But I really want to play Mario Cart!
  • Have you tried the Wii U pro controllers? Those are pretty good.
  • Lol its a shame that the over-manufactured Nintendo gc multitap doesn't play with anything but SSB would like to use it with the upcoming port of LoZ:TP as nice as pro & other options are id prefer my orig gc platinum just for the rumble motors are certainly better
  • Some families own multi-consoles. And this option my be cheaper than having 4 controllers for each console. Especially when some controllers cost more than games.
  • This post was not for you.
  • Own both ps4 and Xbox one, but I want to use my elite with the ps4 this is good news
  • Ipso-facto Ratty, I don't dig PS controllers but I won't lie and say their exclusive catalogue doesn't interest me... So maybe I might like something like this for my X home advantage on the sordid Sony platform =/
  • One of my all-time favorite games, Earth Defense Force 4.1 (as showcased in the video) is only available on PlayStation 4. Pretty awesome being able to play it with an Xbox controller. :)
  • If only they dug deeper & maybe released a new game at least one a year from a forgotten franchise
  • Wow, this went right over your head. The idea is you like the PS4 exclusives, but not the DS4. This let's you play the games you want with the controllers you want as well.
  • Well some of us have lives and only room for one system in our homes. Why would you buy a Sony system and complain about the controller? You know what you're getting into. For example I owned a ps3 for a month and bought an Xbox style controller and loved it. That was $20 and these cost more so what's the argument?
  • Your argument is very narrow-minded. Other users have already handily rebuffed it.
  • It's not that simple. Especially in my case because I spend a lot of money moding my stick. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=N5Xn7mX9txQ
  • Didn't know about these and they look good, especially for the prices involved. However I actually have a CronusMax Plus and I use it for wireless 360 -> One and wireless 360 to PS TV. Works great.
  • Link? I still have 360 controllers lying around.
  • The CronusMax is very similar to the Titan One, which we link to in this review. And to use wireless Xbox 360-to-Xbox One, he's also using a wireless Xbox 360 adapter for Windows.
  • Bb, eb/gs, playasia
  • I'd love to use my Xbox One controllers on Wii U. The right stick placement on the Wii U gamepad and pro controller is ridiculous.
  • I have both systems with 2 controllers each plus an elite controller for my XBox... My main desire is to use the elite controller on my PS4, but I would like to use 4 controllers for local multiplayer. Is the titan one a better choice since I play about 60/40 PS4 to XBox.
  • If you don't want to have to buy two more PlayStation 4 controllers, then two Xbox-PS4 Brook Super Converters would best meet your needs. A Titan One will require an extra PS4 controller just to work, unfortunately.
  • Considering the extra buttons (which have to be mapped with software on Xbox One) aren't a thing on the PS4, using the Elite on your PS4 seems like the biggest ever waste
  • The paddles (while a great idea) are the worst part of the Elite since they're designed so poorly. Still, their primary purpose is to replicate the functions of the face buttons, and they still do that when used on PS4.
  • Why the hell would anyone WANT to us a playstation controller? Insta-cramps.
  • Arcade sticks, fighting pads, etc.
  • Lol besides shapes vs. abxy
  • CCaann II uussee aann XXbboxx ccoonnttrroolleerr wwiitthh mmyy WWiiiiUU??
  • Brook doesn't make products for Wii U, but the Titan One would let you do that. Be sure to read our review to see how it works. :)
  • Is your keyboard having a seizure?
  • Ccccombo breaker!
  • Play-asia is a e-tailer that caters to this they will have a few different options
  • Why would you want to use a PS4 controller at all, they have serious build issues
  • Pretty sure they fixed the initial design flaws in 2014.
  • How so? I have my 2 original ps4 controllers that are 2 years old with no problems.
    On topic why would anyone want to use a wired controller.
  • In theory there will be less lag because you have the direct connection instead of having to translate the wireless signal from both ends.
  • Plus no worrying about battery charge levels.
  • Update: The PS-to-Xbox One Super Converters have built-in Bluetooth, so PlayStation controllers can be used wirelessly!
  • Lol my day one controller was built fine but the one I got later on in controller + cable bundle felt like its shell was gonna spilt in half if I ever dropped it & the elites are pretty much qc is slowing the delivery
  • I've yet to determine the Quality of P$4 controllers. Just bought a PS4. However, I can tell from experience that Xbone controllers are nothing to write home about. On one, the bumper literally broke. On the other...backup one, the Joystiq kept itself in the "up" position...meaning my character onscreen would keep moving forward without me touching the controller. I do think, ergonomically, Xbox controllers are better though. I didn't feel cramped up while uing them as I do with the PS4.
  • Why no Xbox One (controller) to Xbox 360 (console) option? :((((
  • You can use a Titan One for that. I believe Brook is focused on supporting Xbox One and PS4 since they're the most viable consoles nowadays.
  • I feel ur pain. Plugged in my 360 to play an old game and realized the controller is disgusting compared to X1. It's funny because I didn't like the X1 controller at first. MS clearly went in the right direction. Cheers!
  • Though if you've read the xbox forums dating back to lunch qc of xb1 controllers have been mix with even amounts of both good & bad batches of controllers being shipped even 2 this day
  • Backwards compatibility, it is a drag having to wait tho =P
  • Can't get around the fact that the PS4 uses a touchpad...
  • How is it even useful.
  • It is in a lot of games and it often has a non remapple funtion to it which you just can't access with the Xbox One controller.
  • Well that solves some problems for folks Wanting the amazing X1 controller on ur PS4. If I had a PS4 id get this for sure.
  • I'm guessing these don't help the PS4 controller work with Windows. Does anyone know if I can plug the PS4 controller into my computer and have it work as expected?
  • The PS4 controller doesn't work with Windows by default, but the Xbox-to-PS4 converter in this review does allow it to work with Windows (as an Xbox One controller).
  • The PS4 controller had Windows drivers before the Xbox One controller .
  • Oh, my bad. Looks like I was thinking of the PS3 controller.
  • This was a funny thread lol ;p
  • So I should be able to plug in a PS4 controller and play without an adapter?
  • Yes, on Windows 8 my computer found the PS4 controller driver automatically.
  • Nice! I'll try it on my Pro 4 tonight. Still have to upgrade my desktop to W10.
  • Interesting idea. I like that's it's cheaper than the all-in-one solution of the TItan. 
  • "Brook offers "Tournament" firmware for the PS3/PS4-to-Xbox One and 360/One-to-PS4 Super Converters (and all other Super Converters that support upgradable firmware) that disables the rapid-fire turbo feature. The color of the built-in LED will change as well, communicating that your controller or arcade stick is tournament-safe."   Keep in mind that tournaments might still ban their usage. The Titan One offers the same thing and was still often banned.
  • Good point! Hopefully the simplicity of the Brook Super Converters compared to the Titan One will help them be approved for tournaments.
  • Pretty neat!
  • Impressive how everybody are cloning CronusMax
  • This product does some things Cronus Max and Titan One will never be able to do. It's more a different approach to the same basic concept.
  • Need to try this with an arcade stick/rock band devices, wonder if it works
  • Good review, but not for me. I would have considered one that was XB1-to-PS3, as I quickly learned after firing up my PS3 for the first time that I hate the DS3's triggers and stick. I'll live, but it is still disappointing.
  • Worse controller ever... I never in my life got over the fact that there were still people and games on the ps3 using RB ( R1 ) for firing and the trigger for nades for example. The controller alone never let me enjoy my ps3 till I just gifted it to my brother in law. I just hated the frustrations it gave me.
  • Yeah, I was really thrown off the one time I played Black Ops 2 on the DS3, only to find out the triggers and bumpers were flipped from the 360 controls. I just hate the way the DS3 triggers have the bumper-style top. I feel like my fingers will slip off all the time.
  • In all honesty, even if that's how a "fanboy" or a biased person would sound I have to say it... I can see why people would find it useful connecting an Xbox controller to their PS4. But who on earth would want to connect a PS4 controller on his Xbox? Seriously... I'm not sure if it's funny or sad.
  • The DualShock 4's analog sticks and triggers are much improved over the DualShock 3's. It's a good controller, although the touchpad is silly and it's not quite as good as the Xbox One controller.
  • Why on earth does anyone want to use a ps4 controller on an xbox one? All the rubber parts on my 4 ps4 controllers are tearing off, and im careful with all my stuff.
  • Really great video and article! Just yesterday while playing PS4 I was thinking it would be better to play with the Xbox One controller because I'm used to that, so I'm going to have to get the Xbox to PS4 converter soon! Thanks for this review!
  • If/when I get a PS4 I would totally get one of these, I prefer the triggers on Xbox controllers.
  • Where I'd see this being extremely handy is with driving wheels... they're ridiculously expensive for ps4 and xbox one, being able to use the same wheel between systems would be nice...
  • Id be interested in hearing more about this, I really want a wheel for my xbox one but I refuse to pay the $300-$400. I have a perfectly good logitech wheel for my PC. I wonder if one of the ps3/4 converters would allow my wheel to work on the xbox one? Anyone know
  • One of the main draw backs of the playstation for is the controller. This type of device would solve my problem but I doubt it will react as well as the official controllers. Great idea tho. Cheers Paul
  • This is a fantastic device! One of my major pain points of the PS4 is that really bad controller. I'm definitely picking this up.
  • Ok...all I need is a OG Xbox to Xbox One and my Steel Battalion controller can get dusted off!
  • Lol now how about support for some directinput controllers for consoles
  • Blas-phe-my! Good luck to all those buying this.
  • These are very useful. Nice review
  • now that is a nifty tool.
  • Thank you for another informative article Paul. I didn't know this was posible. It looks that eventually they might develop a universal switch/hub (like kvm). It was great to see the tutorial on drivers which might be complicated. Trust me, I have not found a worst place for driver lookup/info other than Toshiba. :D sorry if I hurt someone I have always been afraid to modification/ ALthough, this is not a modification, adding features to a controlled have scared me to get my console banned (that would be devastating). In other hand, arcade sticks, wheels and others might be next stop on this cross-console development effort. Bet, that would be nice. don't you think?
  • Glad you enjoyed it! Nobody has ever been banned for using third party peripherals and controllers. Hacking save files, finding exploits in games, harassing people, etc. is what gets people banned.
  • If I got a PS4 I would love to get this. I really don't like the triggers.