Raises the surface of the controller slightly especailly the D-pad. After a short time I got use to it, although if you are playing games that require alot of use of the D-pad you will probably find some accuracy issues especailly with the diagonal direction's ie; selecting weapons etc. Price tag needs to come down a bit, enough said. I have had no problems with the plate popping off, now if you abuse your controller you might. I have had no other problems with this product, use it every day, if you have to have a face plate of your favorite team (which I did lol) I can recommend this. Hope this helps.