Blasting and relaxing is more fulfilling when I feel I am in total control. I used to sit at my computer desk with controller in hand. Now it sits untouched at the base of my console, benched indefinitely in favor of my mouse and keyboard setup.
I started my exploration of keyboard + mouse adapters for Xbox One with the Mayflash Multi Max Shooter (the one that says FPS Target Plus on it). It was an impulse purchase, found on Amazon.com. After some brief research, I decided that it was probably just as good as the much more expensive XIM4. I received my Mayflash Multi Max Shooter and, after some tweaking, found my K/D ratio going up. I’d just bought myself a slight advantage.
Months went by, and I finally pulled the trigger on a XIM4 for kicks. Both are really good. The XIM4 can be configured wirelessly over Bluetooth using the XIM4 Manager app, available for both Android and iOS. The price difference is pretty significant, and you’re getting a KBM adapter either way.
The Mayflash Multi Max Shooter is good, with some reservations. In a way, it’s a more capable adapter, with support for auto-fire and profile switching on the fly. It’s also a simpler device. Boring, almost. Unfortunately, I had some issues with my microphone when passing it through the Mayflash Multi Max Shooter. Other players reported … strange things happening through voice comms. I was once asked whether I was transmitting from a distant planet. Still, the Mayflash Multi Max Shooter got the job done, with few surprises.
I had been looking forward to trying out the XIM4 ever since learning about it. Now that I have it, I’ve stopped using my Mayflash Multi Max Shooter. The XIM4 supports configuration over Bluetooth, though it lacks auto-fire. Luckily, button mapping and sensitivity adjustments can be made on-the-fly. Speaking of which, that Bluetooth support also means you can run the XIM4 with the Playstation Move Navigation controller (I placed an order for a Sony Playstation Move Navigation Controller on June 11, 2015, MSRP $29.99, Amazon.com).
I’ve yet to do this, but wouldn’t mind trying it out.
The XIM4 wins in the looks department. It has a soft-touch plastic case, and ships with a braided USB cord. Both lend the XIM4 a more premium feel over the cheaper Mayflash Multi Max Shooter.
I like that the XIM4 allows you to define different sensitivity levels and curves depending on what you’re doing in the game. You can set up separate subprofiles within a single game’s configuration that allow you to dial in settings to match any scenario. This gives it an edge over the MayFlash Multi Max Shooter, especially for situations requiring subtle inputs, like sniping.
So why does the Halo player part matter? It really doesn’t, except to say that I’ve been playing FPS games on consoles for a minute. Long enough that I’m comfortable with using a controller, but that doesn’t change the fact that the keyboard and mouse reign supreme.
My Halo 5 Stats – https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/games/halo-5-guardians/xbox-one/service-records/players/the yetieater
My Halo 3 KDR – https://halo.bungie.net/stats/halo3/careerstats.aspx?player=yetieater az
My Halo: Reach KDR – https://halo.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/CareerStats/default.aspx?player=yetieater az
I’ve also looked into Tuact’s Venom-X (Amazon.com), but decided against it because I don’t want duplicate hardware.
- The Mayflash Multi Max Shooter mentioned in this article has been discontinued. Mayflash’s new product offering is the Mayflash Max Shooter ONE (~$50, Amazon.com). Like the Multi Max Shooter, the Mayflash Max Shooter ONE supports PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
- iOS support for the XIM4 is now out of beta