A few weeks back, I had the chance to drop in on the guys and girls down at Evil Controllers in Tempe, Arizona. For those of you unfamiliar with Evil, they're a small group known for some very nice controllers, with their PS4 and Xbox One offerings getting covered here recently.
Evil doesn't have a storefront and isn't open to the public, but the team was nice enough to give me a tour of their facility, step me through the process of how they make their controllers and allow me to grab some photos along the way.
Evil Controllers is based out of an unassuming office building with no obvious markings, save for a sticker next to the door. The dimly lit lobby is sparsely decorated, with just a couple glass display cases containing some of their work and a few awards and articles scattered along the walls.
From the lobby I met up with Carlos and was taken right into the assembly area—where every controller is apparently built to order, mind you—a room larger than the office space would have led me to believe was even possible. Inside, the room was busy with an employee at every station, intensely focused on their work.
One thing I wasn't allowed to photograph was the testing and programming stations, where the team develops and programs their own mods in-house. On our way around the room, Carlos mentioned to me how much the team at Evil prides themselves on quality, making sure to point out the reject bin, which they like to call the controller graveyard.
Next, Carlos let me peruse the various shells they have pre-painted, waiting for an order.
Next, we arrived at a warehouse out behind the assembly room where a small team of two disassembled, sanded and finally painted the controller shells for Xbox One and PS4.
Racks of sanded controllers waiting for a fresh coat of paint:
Shells being dipped:
After a quick demo of the painting process, I was taken to the last stop on the tour, a relatively small room where the finishing touches are added, such as emblazoning the controller's body with a custom image or gamertag.
The first thing you see when coming into the room is this:
I was told this machine is capable of recreating any possible color. It was stressed to me that while they can create any color, there's no news on this front to report at this time, all the colors are available on their site currently, which is truly a shame, because I'd love to have a controller with a custom color.
Next to this machine is a small station where the text or images are added to the controller:
Once everything's done, painted and assembled, the final controllers are staged then packaged for shipping.
All in all, I was thoroughly impressed and surprised with the amount of work and testing that goes into the building of Evil's products. I'm not sure what I figured it would be, but I definitely didn't think it would be this complex. Have any questions? Want to know more? Let me know in the comments.