Home Game device Best Xbox Series X and S controllers for 2022

Best Xbox Series X and S controllers for 2022


Killer televisions to incredible gaming headsets, there are many technologies that console gamers can invest in to optimize their gaming experience. However, perhaps the most critical piece of technology for gamers is a controller if you are a Microsoft Xbox enthusiast who enjoys playing multiplayer games with friends and family, you are probably already in the market for another Xbox controller because the Xbox Series X and S, come with only one in the box.

If you don’t know where to start your search, this is where we come in. This list contains the best Xbox controllers for X Series and S Series that we have tested so far. We have both wireless and wired controllers on this list, as well as the best Xbox controller options for hobbyists and pro gamers. And we will continue to update this list regularly as we test new models. If you are looking for a new gaming headset to take your gaming platform to the next level, we’ve got you covered, too.

Read more: Xbox Game Pass: the best games you must play

Josh Goldman / CNET

If you just want a good standard wireless controller for the Xbox, start with the one that came in the box. Available in multiple colors, Microsoft’s Xbox Controller might not have a lot of features, but it’s comfortable and can last up to 40 hours on a few AA batteries. And if you’d rather have rechargeable batteries, there are several options available – I use HyperX’s ChargePlay Duo which locks the controller in place for charging. There is a 3.5mm jack on the front edge next to the expansion port for connecting accessories like a chat keyboard that fits between the handles or audio controls on your headset. You can also remap the buttons on this Xbox Wireless Controller, flip the controllers, and use other customizations with the Xbox Accessories app.

Josh Goldman / CNET

We like the PowerA Wired Controller as a good, inexpensive option when you need an extra controller for guests or a controller to use while your wireless controller is charging. There are two additional buttons at the bottom of the controller that can be mapped on the fly as well as a 3.5mm jack on the front for headphones. Just above the grip at the top is a rocker for volume and a mute chat as well as a diamond texture at the bottom for better grip. Plus, like many PowerA controllers, it is available in multiple colors.

Josh Goldman / CNET

Rich in features, to put it mildly for the Wolverine V2 Chroma. The ABXY buttons and D-pad all use Razer Mecha-Tactile switches. They feel amazing, with a crisp response and a satisfying click similar to the clicks of a mouse. There are also six additional buttons: two upper bumpers and four lower triggers. The lower triggers are especially nice because their design makes them look like paddles you’ll find on other professional controllers, but with a more rugged design like the rear triggers. There are also interlocks for the rear RT / LT triggers. Slide the switches and they cut the travel distance in half for quick shots.

Razer Wolverine also includes a few additional controller caps: a larger concave cap for precision, a domed cap for faster movements. There are also RGB lights, and you can use Razer’s Synapse app for Xbox or PC to tweak them and remap the buttons on the controller.

Josh Goldman / CNET

A good choice for small hands or for anyone who just prefers a more compact controller. The grips are sculpted in a way that makes the controller comfortable to use even with larger hands, and they are textured, preventing the grips from slipping or sticking to my palms.

While it might not have the detachable USB cable, extra buttons, or interchangeable thumb sticks found on the company’s more expensive Revolution X Pro controller, it actually does have some features that I don’t think so. not expect at this price. For example, there’s an app for the controller that lets you remap its knobs and adjust its sticks, trigger sensitivity, and vibration. A switch below allows you to toggle between your custom profile and classic mode.

There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the front edge, which is not unusual. But RIG includes a license for Dolby Atmos for Headphones support to give you a more immersive experience in games, including Cyberpunk 2077, Gears 5, Borderlands 3, and Forza Horizon 4. Pair it with the 500 Pro HX Gen headset. 2 from RIG and you can really improve your gaming experience for under $ 100.

Josh Goldman / CNET

This Xbox Wireless Controller has it all. It can be used with or without wires. Analog sticks can be swapped out for greater precision or faster speed. While holding the controller, your fingers naturally fall between two pairs of remappable paddles. The controller stores three profile configurations for the paddles and it is preset for FPS, sports and racing games; a button at the bottom lets you quickly switch between them. Remapping can be done on the fly, so you don’t need an additional app. There are also switches for the triggers so you can change them from a long pull to a quick click.

And then there’s the look. You can choose everything from the color of the buttons and the style of the controllers to installing Rumble. Scuf also offers a variety of faceplates in different colors and designs. The price is the only real downside here, starting at $ 210 and up from there depending on your customizations.