In the event you’ve been seeking to choose up a spare gamepad to your Xbox Collection X, Xbox Collection S or PC, it is perhaps a great time to drag the set off, as Microsoft’s official Xbox Wireless Controller is on sale for $44 at Amazon and Walmart. Microsoft itself has the machine for a dollar more. Whereas this is not an all-time low — we noticed the controller go for $5 much less over Black Friday, as an example — the Xbox pad has sometimes retailed within the $50 to $55 vary in latest months. Word that this worth applies to the white, black and red fashions; the pink, green and “electric volt” colorways, which often price $5 extra, are every on sale for $49.
The Collection X/S controller has the identical broadly snug form as older Xbox pads, with responsive face buttons and triggers, clean joysticks and a delightful sense of heft. Its d-pad is rather more clicky than the one on Sony’s DualSense PS5 controller, and it nonetheless makes use of an asymmetrical joystick structure, however whether or not these are negatives is basically a matter of choice. There’s Bluetooth for pairing with a PC or cellular machine, in addition to a devoted “Share” button for capturing screenshots and gameplay clips. Whereas you aren’t getting the superior haptic suggestions options of the DualSense, the entire thing is a bit much less broad, and it is usually simpler to make use of on a PC, particularly if you happen to use shoppers apart from Steam. Options just like the 8BitDo Ultimate Bluetooth Controller and Microsoft’s personal Elite Series 2 pad (which is on sale for $140) provide a wider array of options, however if you happen to simply want the fundamentals, the usual Xbox controller ought to do the job.
The principle hang-up is that it nonetheless depends on AA batteries for energy. That lets it last more on a cost than the DualSense, however you will have to purchase a separate rechargeable battery pack if you happen to do not wish to swap out batteries on the common. In the event you can dwell with that problem, nevertheless, you possibly can reduce the necessity to purchase new batteries by grabbing a pair of rechargeable AAs like the Panasonic Eneloops.