Looking to upgrade from your traditional Xbox One controller? This post will lay out some of the pros and cons of 5 of the most popular Xbox One controllers.
Xbox One Series 2 Elite controller
- 4 mappable buttons.
- This controller is touted as having the most solid feel, with some of the most convenient features. From the 4 mappable buttons to the charging case, Microsoft went all out with this controller. While expensive, the undeniably high-quality feel of the controller takes gaming to the next level. One of the greatest features is the charging case.
- With a 5m long cable, you can plug right into the case and place your controller inside to charge it. Otherwise, you could just plug it straight into your Xbox or PC to never have to worry about charging. The charge itself holds for approximately 15-20 hours. However, many people (me included) have found the RB/LB to be overly fragile. Both of mine broke within the first year. Next, my A button became stuck, and both of the joysticks developed stick drift. Fortunately, you can buy replacement bumpers for the controller. However, plenty of customers have gotten lucky and report that they have never used such a remarkable controller before.
Power A Fusion Pro 2 Wired Xbox One Controller
- Features 4 programmable buttons and magnetic impulse triggers for added feedback.
- 3-way trigger locks for shorter trigger pulls and faster action. Choose between two sets of swappable thumb sticks, one short and one tall.
- Comes with a carrying case.
- Second faceplate for extra customization.
- Two tall, two concave, and two convex interchangeable thumb sticks.
- If you are looking for a controller that is near the quality of the Xbox Elite controller, but do not want to pay such a steep price, this may be the controller for you. Users claim that it is a great upgrade over the basic Xbox One controllers and has nearly the same exact feel and features as the Xbox Elite Series 2 controllers.
Razer Wolverine Ultimate Chroma Xbox One Controller
- The V2 Chroma features 4 mappable buttons beneath the controller, and 2 more mappable buttons on the front of the controller.
- Changeable light display, customizable via a downloadable Xbox app.
- The joysticks and D-Pad are both interchangeable.
- While the buttons of most controllers feel spongy, the Wolverine sports buttons that are more akin to mouse clicks, offering very quick pressing and an incredibly satisfying sound. I bought mine after my Series 2 Elite Controller fell apart over a year ago, and I have been incredibly pleased with it. Other reviewers, however, have had similar problems with this controller as with the Series 2 Elite.
Gamesir G7 Wired Xbox One Controller.
- 3m wired USB-C cord.
- Compatible with Xbox X/S, Xbox One, and Windows 10/11.
- Possesses algorithm-optimized joysticks with zero fluctuation, zero deviation, and zero circulatory error.
- Many reviewers consider this controller to feel significantly better than the standard Xbox controllers and is just as reliable. Additionally, the responsiveness of the thumbsticks is considered to be tight and incredibly responsive.
- One drawback is that phone cases interfere with the connection of the controller and will need to be taken off to work.
Beitong Asura 2 Pro Wireless Xbox One Controller
- For Windows 7, 8, 10, and 11, as well as Android TV Steam Deck 4.0 or beyond, and Tesla Emulator Cloud Gaming.
- 30 ft wireless connection.
- Configurable RB LB M1 and M2 buttons. Note: Does not work with Xbox, unless accessed through Windows.
- Features Esport level high accuracy joysticks and trigger sensitivity of up to 0.1mm.
- The primary drawbacks in the reviews on Amazon for this product relate to people who did not keep their manuals and had difficulty remapping buttons and figuring out how to properly set the controller up. If you are looking for a high-quality wireless PC controller on the cheaper side, this could be the one for you.
Each of these Xbox One controllers have their drawbacks, like with most electronics. Choosing one over another may be difficult, but there are a number of factors to keep in mind. Price may be the most important, and choosing cheaper options can help mitigate issues that arise with faulty tech. When selecting a controller, ensure that it has the exact features you are looking for, such as corded or wireless, possesses extra, mappable buttons, is usable on PC, Android, Tesla, etc.
It is an unfortunate reality, but sometimes the controllers just come faulty. Checking to ensure there is a warranty could be the difference between having the controller of your dreams, or a broken mess right out of the box.