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Xbox Wireless Controller

Primary game controller for the Xbox platform

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A black Xbox Wireless Controller in the 2013 design

DeveloperMicrosoft
ManufacturerMicrosoft
TypeVideo game controller
GenerationEighth and ninth generation
Release date
  • NA: November 22, 2013
  • EU: November 22, 2013 (some countries, 2014 for others)
  • AU: November 22, 2013
  • BRA: December 1, 2014
  • JP: September 4, 2014
Lifespan2013—present
Input
  • Digital D-Pad
  • 2 × analog triggers (LT, RT)
  • 2 × shoulder buttons (LB, RB)
  • 2 × clickable Analog sticks
    (left stick click, right stick click)
  • 7 × digital buttons
    (Y, B, A, X, Menu, View, Xbox)
  • Wireless pairing button
  • Share button (fourth revision)
Connectivity
Current firmware2.3.2385.0
4.8.1923.0 (third revision)
5.7.2688.0 (fourth revision)
Dimensions6.02 in × 4.01 in × 2.4 in
153 mm × 102 mm × 61 mm
PredecessorXbox 360 controller

The Xbox Wireless Controller is the primary game controller for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X/Shome video game consoles, also commercialized for its use in Windows-based PCs, and compatible with other operating systems such as macOS, Linux, iOS and Android. The controller maintains the overall layout found in the Xbox 360 controller, but with various tweaks to its design, such as a revised shape, redesigned analog sticks, shoulder buttons, and triggers, along with new rumble motors within the triggers to allow for directional haptic feedback.

It has had three revisions with several changes to the controller's design and functionality. Microsoft also markets the Elite Wireless Controller, a premium version geared towards professional gamers, including interchangeable parts and programmability features. In turn, each of the aforementioned variations has been offered in various color schemes, some featuring special designs tying into specific games. The Xbox Series X and Series S introduced an updated version of the controller, with further refinements to its shape and ergonomics.

Layout[edit]

View

Menu

The Xbox One controller retains roughly the same layout as the Xbox 360 controller, including four main face buttons, two shoulder bumpers, two analog triggers, two analog sticks and a digital D-pad. The "Start" and "Back" buttons are replaced by "Menu" and "View" buttons, while the Guide button now consists of a white backlit Xbox logo, and does not feature the "ring of light" that served as an indicator for the controller's assigned number (1 to 4).

Design[edit]

Microsoft invested over $100 million into refining the controller design for the Xbox One; internal designers had created prototypes with various tweaks and refinements to the design over the Xbox 360 controller, along with those including unorthodox features such as embedded screens and speakers (which were rejected due to their effects on battery life, and redundancy to the main display and sound system), and the ability to emit odors.[1]

The Xbox One controller maintains the overall layout found in the Xbox 360 controller's design, but with enhancements such as redesigned grips, a smoother build, and the removal of the protruding battery compartment. The controller also contains light emitters that allow it to be tracked and paired using Kinect sensor, and to detect when it is not being held to automatically enter a low-power state. The controller contains a micro USB port, enabling wired use of the controller with the console or on computers running Windows 7 or later with drivers, and firmware updates.[2][3][4][5] For communication, the controller uses a new proprietary protocol with a greater bandwidth than the wireless protocol used by the Xbox 360 controller, reducing latency and allowing for higher quality headset audio.[3][4]

The analog sticks feature a new textured rim, while the D-pad was changed to use a more traditional 4-way design rather than the circular 8-way design of the 360 controller. This change was made partially due to criticism by players of fighting games who, despite the use of "sweeps" across the D-pad in these games being part of the motivation for the 8-way design, felt that the Xbox 360's D-pad performed poorly in that type of game. The updated 4-way design is also better suited for use as individual keys in games that use them for item selection.[6] The design of the face buttons was revised to improve their legibility, using a three-layer design consisting of a black background, colored letter, and a clear covering intended to make the letter appear to "hover" inside it. The buttons themselves are also spaced slightly closer together.[7]

The bumpers and trigger buttons were overhauled with a new curved shape to improve their ergonomics, as the user's fingers now naturally lie at an angle upon them unlike the straighter design on Xbox 360 controllers. The bumpers were also made flush with the triggers. The triggers themselves now have a smoother feel, and were made more accurate.[7] Each trigger features independent rumble motors called "Impulse Triggers", which allows developers to program directional vibration. One trigger can be made to vibrate when firing a gun, or both can work together to create feedback that indicates the direction of an incoming hit.[8]

Models[edit]

Location of model number, on printed label inside battery compartment. This is the Model 1708 (2016 revision) controller.

Original version (2013)[edit]

The original controller launched with the Xbox One console in November 2013 was black, with colored face buttons. A commemorative white variant was issued to Microsoft employees at launch, but was not available to the public until almost a year later, initially bundled with a matching white console and Sunset Overdrive.

First revision (2015)[edit]

On June 9, 2015, Microsoft unveiled a revised version of the standard controller, with model 1697. Its shoulder buttons were redesigned for improved responsiveness, a 3.5 mm headphone jack was added near the controller's expansion port, and support for wireless firmware updates was added.[9][10]

Analog (3.5 mm) headset jack (L) and digital chatpad/headset adapter interface, Model 1697 controller

Externally, few changes were made; the main distinguishing feature of the 2015 revision (Model 1697) compared with the original (Model 1537) is the presence of the headphone jack on the bottom of the controller.

Second revision (2016)[edit]

A second revision of the controller, model 1708, was introduced alongside the Xbox One S, an updated model of the Xbox One console unveiled in June 2016. It features textured grips, and additionally supports Bluetooth for use with compatible PCs and mobile devices.[11][12] Users can also custom-order this controller revision via the "Xbox Design Lab" service, with their choice of colors, and an optional inscription of their Xbox Live screen name for an additional fee.[13]

The second revision can be distinguished from prior revisions by the color and texture of the plastic surrounding the lighted Xbox/guide button. Prior controller models (1537 and 1697) have a separate piece of black glossy plastic, with the Model 1698 "Elite" also having a separate piece in black, dark red, or white. In the second revision (Model 1708) the front shell of the controller is a single piece, and the part surrounding the Xbox button now matches the texture and color of the controller. It has been made available in white, black, red, and blue colors, as well as other limited edition colors.[14]

Third revision (2020)[edit]

A fourth revision of the controller was released in November 2020, bundled with Xbox Series X and Series S, while still backwards compatible with existing Xbox One consoles. It has a refined build with a slightly smaller body, a "Share" button on the center of the controller below the "View" and "Menu" buttons, a circular dished D-pad similar to the Elite Controller, and a USB-C connector instead of USB Micro-B.[15][16][17] The controller also supports Bluetooth Low Energy, and can be paired to a Bluetooth device and an Xbox device simultaneously.[18][19] The controller also includes Dynamic Latency Input, sending controller information to the console more frequency and in time with the current framerate as to reduce the latency between user input and reaction in the game.[20] Starting in September 2021 through the Xbox Insider program, Microsoft started rolling out the improved Bluetooth and latency features from these newer controllers to its official Xbox One controllers, including the Xbox Adaptive Controller.[21]

Microsoft announced in June 2021 that the Xbox Design Lab will continue with the Series X/S controllers, allowing users to create their own custom designs.[22]

Summary[edit]

All of the controllers in this table are fully compatible with any Xbox One consoles, up to X/S Series.

Model[a]Intro.Disc.3.5 mm jackBluetoothUSBThumbnailNotes
1537 20132015 No NoNo No Micro-BXbox One Controller (11044311844).jpgControllers packed with launch-day systems are marked "DAY ONE 2013" with chrome d-pad.[23]
1697 20152016 Yes YesNo No Xbox One controller white (39802077275).jpgStandard 3.5 mm audio jack added to bottom of controller.[24] Capable of receiving firmware updates wirelessly from Xbox One console.[25]
1698 "Elite" 2019 Yes YesNo No[26]Xbox One Elite Controller (front).jpgInterchangeable thumbsticks and d-pad; detachable paddles on underside duplicating face buttons; rubberized grip; trigger locks.[27] Standard color scheme is black and silver, but the Elite controller was later available in a predominantly red special edition Gears of War 4-branded theme and a Robot White theme.
1708 2016Yes YesYes Yes Xbox One controller model 1708 (39160219920) (cropped).jpgIntroduced with the Xbox One S.[11] Distinguished from earlier versions by texture and color of plastic surrounding Xbox home button, which now matches the rest of the controller body. Includes Bluetooth wireless connectivity in addition to the prior proprietary wireless protocol.
1797[b] "Elite 2" 2019Yes YesYes Yes USB-CXbox One Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 (Model 1797).jpgCompared to the 1698 "Elite", "Elite 2" adds a third trigger lock position, adjustable thumbstick tension, extended rubber grip (wrapping around to the front side), Bluetooth connectivity, and an internal rechargeable battery.[28]
1914 2020 Yes Yes Yes Yes Xbox Core Controller Carbon Black.jpgIntroduced with the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, featuring a slightly smaller body, a "Share" button, a flat concave D-pad similar to the Elite Controller, and a USB-C connector.[15][16][17]
Notes
  1. ^The model number is printed on the sticker in the battery compartment.
  2. ^Because the Elite Series 2 has an internal battery, the model number is printed in black ink on the bottom of the controller.

Colors and styles[edit]

Main article: List of Xbox Wireless Controller special editions

Besides standard colors, "special" and "limited edition" Xbox Wireless Controllers have also been sold by Microsoft with special color and design schemes, sometimes tying into specific games.[29]

Xbox Design Lab[edit]

Custom color combinations are available for the Xbox One S controller (Model 1708) at extra cost through the Xbox Design Lab service. According to Microsoft, there are approximately eight million different combinations.[13][30] Access to the service began on June 13, 2016, and customized controllers started to ship at the end of August;[31] the initial pricing was $79.95/$99.95 (US/Canada), with an additional $9.99/14.99 (USD/CAD) fee for laser-engraved text up to 16 characters.[13][30]

Starting in summer 2017, additional color choices were added and the customization service was extended to countries in Europe.[32] Starting price in the UK was GB£69.99, with initial availability limited to the UK, France, and Germany starting in June 2017;[33] the program was expanded to 24 more European countries starting August 21.[34] Xbox partnered with McCann London to launch the "Xbox Design Lab Originals" program in 2017; the program, which McCann called "The Fanchise Model", allows consumers to earn a portion of the sales by creating and marketing their custom designs through Xbox Design Lab. Social media influencers began advertising the service on April 1, 2017, and a feature that allowed consumers to "claim [their] design" was added to the store on May 1, with retail support commencing on May 30.[35] It was credited with increasing controller sales by 350%; the campaign was awarded the Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2018 by the Creative eCommerce Lions[36][37] and Clio Awards in multiple categories, including public relations and games.[38][39]

The service was suspended temporarily from October 14, 2020[40] to June 17, 2021, when it restarted using the newest controller (Model 1914) introduced with the Series X/S; the price of a custom controller was reduced to US$69.95.[41] 14 of the 18 colors now are produced using plastic with 30% post-consumer recycled material, by weight; the exceptions are Robot White, Pulse Red, Zest Orange, and Regal Purple.[42]

Elite controller[edit]

Elite on display at Gamescom 2015, with accessories

Underside, with paddles installed and reduced trigger distance

On June 15, 2015, during its E3 2015 press conference, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller, a new controller which Xbox division head Phil Spencer described as being "an elite controller for the elite gamer". It features a steel construction with a soft-touch plastic exterior, along with interchangeable rear paddle buttons (with either short or long forms), analog stick tops (original Xbox one stick, a convex dome, and an extended version for increased accuracy), and directional pad designs (either the traditional four-way design, or a concave disc-like design), and "hair trigger locks" for the triggers that allow users to reduce the amount of distance required to register a press. Through software, users can customize button and paddle mappings and adjust the sensitivity of the triggers and analog sticks. Two button profiles can be assigned to a switch on the controller for quick access. The Elite Controller was released on October 27, 2015.[43][44][45]

Cosmetic variants[edit]

A special Gears of War 4-themed limited edition variant of the Elite controller was unveiled during Microsoft's E3 2016 press conference. It features a rustic, dark red color scheme with a blood splatter effect and the series emblem on the rear of the controller, and a D-pad disc with weapon symbols corresponding to the in-game weapons bound to these controls.[46]

A White Special Edition of the controller was announced on August 29, 2018. Although a revised Elite controller was leaked early in 2018 incorporating functional changes, the White Special Edition was another cosmetic variant of the original Elite.[47]

Series 2[edit]

Series 2 (top) and original Elite (bottom) controllers

Plans for a revised version of the Elite controller were leaked in January 2018, with a number of new features, including USB-C connector, and other hardware improvements such as three-level Hair Trigger Locks, adjustable tension for the thumbsticks, revised rubber grips, three user-defined profile settings, and Bluetooth connectivity, which had been introduced with the revised Xbox One S controller in 2016.[47][48]

At E3 2019, Microsoft announced they would begin taking pre-orders for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2; the controller would be available starting on November 4, 2019 at a suggested retail price of US$179.99.[49]

Support on other platforms[edit]

Drivers were released in June 2014 to allow Xbox One controllers to be used over a USB connection on PCs running Windows 7 or later.[50] The Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows is a USB dongle that allows up to eight controllers to be used at once wirelessly. Upon its release in October 2015, it was supported only by Windows 10. Drivers for Windows 7 and 8.1 were released in December 2015.[51][52] An updated version of the adapter, with a smaller form factor, was released in August 2017.[53]

Per a partnership between Microsoft and Oculus VR, the Oculus Rift CV1virtual reality headset initially included an Xbox One controller, up until the launch of the Oculus Touchmotion controllers.[54]

On Windows 10, support for the controller is built-in, including support for wireless audio when using the wireless dongle or USB cable (it is not supported over Bluetooth). The controller is also manageable via the Xbox Accessories app, whose features include button remapping (for both the regular and Elite controller), input tests, and firmware update. On Windows 7 or 8.1, drivers are required, and the aforementioned features are not available.[55]

Microsoft also supports Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One controllers on Android, specifically listing support for Minecraft: Gear VR Edition on certain Samsung Galaxy devices.[56]

On Linux, Xbox One controllers are supported by the xpad USB driver.[57] There also exists an alternative xpadneo driver, which supports some controller revisions that are not supported by the xpad driver, as well as additional features. Some of these additional features, such as driver support for the trigger rumble motors, aren't even supported on Windows 10.[58]

In June 2019, Apple announced support for Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One controllers in iOS 13, macOS Catalina and tvOS 13, which became available in the fall of 2019.[59][60]

Accessories[edit]

Stereo headset adapter[edit]

The Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter allows the use of headsets with 3.5 millimeter headphone jacks with the original Xbox One controller, which does not include a 3.5 mm jack. An adapter for 2.5 mm headphone jacks is also included.[61]

Chatpad[edit]

A keyboard chatpad attachment, similar to the Xbox 360 Messenger Kit, was unveiled at Gamescom on August 4, 2015.[62]

Play and Charge Kit[edit]

Similarly to the FEET 360 version, the Play and Charge kit is the official rechargeable battery pack for Xbox One controllers. An updated version of the Play and Charge kit was required for the Series X/S controllers, as the regular Xbox One kits do not fit in the X/S controller's battery compartment. The Series X/S kit includes a USB-C cable instead of micro USB.[63]

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Xbox Wireless Controller

*Compatible with select devices and operating system versions; learn more at xbox.com/controller-compatibility. Battery life varies significantly with headsets, additional accessories, usage, and other factors. Testing conducted by Microsoft using standard AA batteries in preproduction units. Button mapping available via Xbox Accessories app for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10/11; app for Windows 10/11 requires compatible USB-C cable (sold separately).

**Prices may vary

*** 14-day Xbox Game Pass Ultimate trial: Not valid for current Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Live Gold members and previous trial users; redeem by 3/31/2022. Game catalogue varies over time (xbox.com/game-pass). Digital Direct: Game and membership are delivered directly to your console during set-up; no codes required. All included digital content will be attached to the first Microsoft Account that redeems it. xbox.com/digitaldirect

**** Battery life varies significantly with headsets, additional accessories, usage, and other factors. Testing conducted by Microsoft using preproduction units.

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Best Xbox Series Controller 2021: Xbox Series X/S Controllers for All Gamers

If you're gearing up to save the galaxy again in Halo Infinite or explore the globe in Microsoft Flight Simulator, you'll want to come strapped with the best controller you can get your hands (and sometimes feet) on. Xbox fans have always been spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a pad, wheel, or joystick, and the Xbox X/S generation continues this tradition.

Unlike with the PS5, players can bring all their own old Xbox One controllers to the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S and there's a handful of new options too. That opens up Xbox gamers to an almost overwhelming number of controller choices. So we've gone down the lists and hand-picked our favorite controllers for a variety of budgets and games. Whether you're looking for affordability, customization, or a competitive edge we've got your back – and click here to find the in the UK. You can also get great savings with certified refurbished video game accessories from eBay.

TL;DR – These are the Best Xbox Series X/S Controllers:

1. Xbox Core Controller

Best Xbox Series X/S Controller

Xbox Core Controller

The reigning champ. The go-to gamepad for general use on Xbox and gaming PCs. There isn't a whole lot to say about the Core Controller (see our review) because it just speaks for itself. It's a solidly-built, reliable, standard-setting piece that's friendly to lots of different hand sizes and control schemes. It's almost like the Platonic ideal of a game controller. There's nothing extra fancy about it, because it doesn't need any gimmicks to do what it does best. It simply gets the job done.

The one thing that I'm not thrilled about with this one is that it requires AA batteries to play wirelessly. But if you get rechargeable ones and a wall charger, you can get away with charging one set of batteries while you're using the other and not have to keep buying those giant blister packs like it's 1999 or something. And the core controller comes with a USB-C plug that works on PC and console, if you don't want to have to deal with batteries at all.

2. Turtle Beach Recon Wired Game Controller

Best Budget Xbox Series X/S Controller

Turtle Beach Recon Wired Game Controller
Turtle Beach Recon Wired Game Controller

For a discount controller with all the pro features, you’ll want the Turtle Beach Recon Wired Game Controller. This controller comes with extra grips on each side of the fins, so you’ll maintain a strong hold even when the action gets heated. You’ll also find two extra buttons on the back side of the controller to let you keep your thumbs on the analog sticks while still being able to activate certain controls. You can also use one of those rear buttons for the Pro-aim focus mode, shifting the thumbstick sensitivity at a moment’s notice — slow it down for steady aim and then release it to speed back up.

The controller can enhance your audio experience, too. By connecting your headphones to the controller, you can enjoy Turtle Beach’s various EQ settings, including the Superhuman Hearing that boosts the volume of enemy activities. You’ll even get convenient control over the audio mix between game sounds and your voice chat with teammates.

3. PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller

Best Ultra Cheap Xbox Series X/S Controller

PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller
PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller

On the other end of the spectrum, PowerA's Enhanced Wired Controller (see our review) continues a tradition of offering cheaper options that still hold up well. If you want to be that awesome friend who has a full flight of controllers ready to go whether your buddies remembered to bring one or not, you probably don't want to splurge on four Elite controllers. That would be a power move, so don't let me tell you how to live your life if that's the kind of baller you are.

But for the rest of us, these more affordable workhorses are perfect for those P3 and P4 slots. They can stand up to a lot of punishment, and don't feel as cheap as a lot of other options in this price range. They also come with a built-in share button and a mic mute switch, which is nice if your pet suddenly demands your attention in the middle of a match. The face buttons aren't quite as tactile as the ones on the core controller, but the overall ergonomics feel great.

4. Xbox Elite Series 2

Best High-End Xbox Series X/S Controller

Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller
Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller

The Xbox Elite Series 2 (see our review) is the fancy sports car of Xbox controllers. It's going to cost you, but you're paying for premium components, customizability, and luxury feel. The thumbsticks, D-pad, and triggers are swappable, so you can pick the parts that feel best for you. It also comes with a rechargeable battery that can last up to 40 hours, so you won't have to go hunting for batteries like you might with the Core controller.

It even comes with four additional paddles on the back that can be programmed to do things like change the function of your face buttons when held down. This is especially awesome if you're using it on PC for games like Final Fantasy XIV where you might have more abilities than a standard controller can handle. All of that comes with a price tag more than twice that of a Core controller. But you get what you pay for.

5. Razer Wolverine V2

Best Tunable Xbox Series X/S Controller

Razer Wolverine V2

Priced at a nice mid-point between the Core and Elite pads, the Razer Wolverine (see our review) is the overall best third-party pad for Xbox. This isn't like that janky off-brand controller you used to hand to your little brother during Halo night back in the day. Razer has gone all-out to make sure that it stacks up to, or even surpasses, the official hardware Microsoft has put out.

Like you might expect from Razer, this thing is highly customizable. The face buttons are fully remappable, and there's even a hair trigger mode you can activate on the fly using physical switches. That means your LT and RT will register an input with only a slight tap, rather than having to push them down all the way, which is a huge edge in fighting games and shooters. This is an ideal option for competitive players who don't want to drop a fortune on something like the Elite controller, but need more features than what the Core controller can offer.

6. Scuf Instinct Pro

Best Competitive Xbox Series X/S Controller

Scuf Instinct Pro

The Xbox Core controller is great for general gameplay, but when you really want to sweat, the Scuf Instinct Pro (read our review) takes you to the competitive edge. This controller looks a lot like your everyday Xbox controller, but it’s revamped things for a higher level of play. It feels pretty much the same in the hand, but Scuf has built paddles onto the back to put more control at your fingertips. The remappable rear paddles also can be set up in three separate profiles that you can swap between on the fly, handy if you switch between games regularly or if you just want different controls ready when you’re on foot and in a vehicle all within the same game.

The Scuf Instinct Pro will help you shoot first as well. Textured thumb grips will keep your aim on point without letting your thumbs slip, and you can switch the triggers to have them actuate like a mouse click for a serious hair trigger. When you don’t need the hair trigger, you can still switch back to standard analog trigger functionality.

7. Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback

Best Upgradable Xbox Series X/S Controller

Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback
Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback

The next Forza game might not have a release date yet, but there are already plenty of great driving games on the Xbox and PC best played with a proper steering wheel set-up. Thrustmaster always impresses me with the ruggedness and feel of their components. When I buy something from them, it feels like it came off of an industrial assembly line in a car factory, not out of a toy store. The TMX provides seriously realistic force feedback with its fine-tuned internal motors and the non-slip wheel grip feels great.

It only has two pedals, so you'll be shifting gears with the attached paddles instead. But it's also relatively cheap for the quality you're getting at just $200. You could definitely spend a lot more than that on a racing set-up. I also really like the button layout and styling on this one, because it looks more like something you'd see in a professional race car as opposed to on a standard controller.

8. Thrustmaster T-Flight HOTAS One

Best Xbox Series X/S Flight Stick

Thrustmaster T-Flight HOTAS One
Thrustmaster T-Flight HOTAS One

Microsoft Flight Simulator looks incredible on the Xbox Series X and modern PCs, and for the proper experience you're going to want to play it with a stick and throttle. Thrustmaster brings an excellent all-in-one controller to your virtual cockpit with the T-Flight HOTAS One, which is simple enough for even brand new pilots to get the hang of quickly but also satisfying for seasoned aces.

This is a one-piece controller, which is ideal for console play, and it has a very modern, streamlined look that won't seem out of place sitting around your living room. The switches and buttons on both the stick and throttle are raised and shaped in such a way that you can easily find them without looking down, which can be trickier on other sticks like Logitech's where all of the buttons kind of feel the same. It also has a Share button built right into the base for capturing the scenic vistas you'll be swooping over, which most made-for-PC sticks usually don't

9. Thrustmaster Eswap X Pro

Best Customizable Xbox Series Controller

Thrustmaster Eswap X Pro

The Xbox Elite Series controller offers a bit of customization, but the Thrustmaster Eswap X Pro (read our review) takes it even further, and it's particularly well suited for gamers who like a large controller. The Thrustmaster Eswap X Pro doesn't just let you swap out the tops of the analog sticks or the D-Pad. Instead, you can actually swap their positions, letting you go with an asymmetrical thumbstick layout like a standard Xbox Control, or go symmetrical like DualShock/DualSense controllers. That said, you do also get the choice of thumbstick top shapes.

The Thrustmaster Eswap X Pro is also decked out for Xbox Series X. It's got great, tactile face buttons, and it also has shortcut buttons on the underside if you want to keep your thumbs on the thumbsticks at all times. In addition, the triggers have trigger locks to shorten their range for rapid fire. Beyond that, there are also six buttons on either side of the headset jack, with three for controlling volume, one for button mapping, and two for quickly switching between gaming profiles. The hardware gives you a few ways to customize, and Thrustmaster's software gives you even more ways to tune it to your liking.

10. PowerA MOGA XP5-X Plus

Best Xbox Game Pass Controller

PowerA MOGA XP5-X Plus

Your on-the-go gaming may be getting an upgrade. With Xbox Game Pass, you can play a ton of console games on your smartphone just about anywhere you go, and that means you’ll want one of the best phone controllers in order to keep up. In this case, that controller is the PowerA MOGA XP5-X Plus (read our review). This mobile-friendly controller is built like an Xbox controller, but it brings quite a bit of extra functionality to the table.

The PowerA MOGA XP5-X Plus is ready for mobile gaming with a phone clip that can hold your phone right in place above the controller. The controller can connect to your phone wirelessly with Bluetooth or plug it directly into your phone. If you do opt for the cable connection, you’ll be able to use the controller’s 3,000mAh battery to stretch the up-time of your phone so you can keep gaming longer. On top of all your usual Xbox controls, the MOGA XP5-X Plus also includes two shortcut buttons on the bottom of the controller to let you keep your thumbs on the analog sticks and still trigger certain face buttons.

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Leana Hafer is an avid PC gamer. Talk action-RPGs, strategy games, and more with her on Twitter at @TilFolkvang

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