Xbox Series X Controller Review

Call your Xbox wireless controller reliable. As Microsoft promotes intergenerational continuity, the new Xbox wireless controllers coming out on the Xbox Series X and Series S are incremental updates of what we already know, so it’s not so much a “next generation” controller. There is none. Minor tweaks have been made to improve certain elements of the Xbox experience, such as gameplay recording, D-pad usage, and grip. However, there are no major “next generation” swings, and no features designed to change the way the game is played or manipulated. It’s a slightly better controller than the previous ones. If you’re eager for that next-generation moment that gives you a vision of what the hardware can do, this may remove a bit of wind from your sails. Personally, it’s okay to let Microsoft continue to riff the design of a very comfortable and familiar controller.

Xbox Wireless Controller (2020) – Design and Features

The black model available on the release date version of the Xbox Series X is very similar to the Bluetooth-enabled models released on the Xbox One S and X. A black matte plastic shell. , Multicolor, face buttons and analog sticks all have the same look and feel as the previous model. If you know how to use the Xbox One controller, you’ll have trouble finding the pairing button on the top, the back plate that covers the two AA batteries, and the two ports on the bottom (dedicated ports for connecting the Xbox chat pad). there is no. 3.5mm audio jack for wired headsets.

Xbox Wireless Controller (2020)

The black Xbox button, matte bumper button, trigger button, etc. are a little gorgeous in appearance. These usually make the controller a little more subtle than its predecessor, but it’s just a small way. After using the Xbox One controller for seven years, the Xbox Die Hard will notice these adjustments, but more casual players probably won’t know the difference.

The body of the controller has hardly changed.


The body of the controller has hardly changed. It’s 6 x 4 x 2.47 inches (WDH) in size, which is virtually the same as the 6 x 4 x 2.56 on the Xbox One controller. It weighs 287 grams, compared to the 279 grams of the Xbox One model, and only has heavier hair. (Both weights were measured with two internal AA batteries). Despite the slight changes in weight and size, the new controller has some weight. Like the Xbox Elite Series 2, its weight is balanced so the controller fits snugly in your hand.

That said, there are three changes from the previous Xbox controller to the new model that can affect usage. The first and most obvious is the new share button in the center of the controller, near the menu and view buttons. The share button makes it easy to take screenshots quickly or start recording video clips with the push of a button. By default, pressing the button takes a screenshot and pressing and holding it for 1 second will start recording the video clip. (You can use the Xbox Accessories app on your Xbox One or Xbox Series console to replace these features or change them to record recent footage).

I’m much more likely to snap something on a whim.


The Share button makes it easy to use Xbox’s native sharing tools on the fly. On older controllers, it took a while before you could access the recording options after pressing the Xbox button. This made recording a bit tedious and made it difficult to accurately record screenshots without photo mode. I still don’t say it’s the best way to take screenshots using the share button, but it’s more responsive and completely painless. Knowing that you can do it in a single press, you’re much more likely to snap something on a whim.

Surprisingly, the biggest change is the larger, more responsive clicks on the directional pads.


The controller also has a new click-feeling “hybrid” style directional pad that sits between the cross-shaped cross keys of the previous model and the abstract concave cross-shaped keys of the Xbox Elite Series 2. The new version is a slightly recessed circular pad with a higher basic orientation (right, left, top, bottom). The direction is clearer and easier to feel than the Elite Series 2, and you can easily tell the difference between hitting the Cardinal and hitting the diagonal. Surprisingly, the biggest change is the loud clicks and responsiveness. Fully pressing one of the key directions gives you strong feedback to hear and feel. Depending on your opinion on the “click” button, this can be a big upgrade or a nuisance, but as someone who often ridicules directional presses during intense play, I find it useful. I did.

The last and arguably the least exciting of the gameplay-focused changes is the addition of texture grips along the controller’s side handles and triggers. The mild yet textured grip keeps the controller from moving when you sweat. However, the trigger grip looks better than it is convenient. They can prevent your fingers from slipping, but how often do your fingers really slip on their own?

I would have hoped Microsoft would eventually jump to the built-in battery.


There are also two small changes regarding the controller’s wireless technology. Like its predecessor, it supports the Xbox wireless pairing protocol used by Xbox One and Bluetooth, making it easy to pair with other devices such as phones and tablets. Bluetooth has been upgraded to Bluetooth Low-Energy, which extends battery life in that mode. Sadly, the Xbox controller continues to demand AA instead of the built-in rechargeable battery.

On the plus side, the new controller has a USB-C port instead of microUSB. It’s a bit bittersweet: I would have hoped Microsoft would eventually jump to the built-in battery.Still use USB-C Maybe … Charge faster with the Xbox Rechargeable Battery Kit. (I haven’t tested one, so I’m not sure). At least, the reversible USB-C connector is much easier to plug in.

Xbox Wireless Controller (2020) – Software

On Xbox One and Series X generation consoles, you can use the Xbox Accessories app to remap many, if not all, of the buttons on your new Xbox wireless controller. Like the Xbox One, this app provides a simple and clear interface for navigating input on the controller. You can highlight one of the customizable inputs from the menu, or hold down the button to highlight it for changes.

As with some configuration apps for mouse and keyboard on your PC, there are limits to what you can change. Even with the new controller, you can’t reconfigure triggers, Xbox buttons, or menu and display buttons. You can only assign recording-related features to the new share button: take screenshots, record gameplay that has just occurred, or start and stop new recordings. Perhaps most importantly, there are no new alternatives that can be mapped to buttons, such as opening an app. It’s great that all Xbox controllers have this feature, but the standard Xbox wireless controller is far less useful than the Elite, which has more inputs and options for the back button.

Xbox Wireless Controller (2020) – Games

In particular, on Series X and Series S, the new controller takes advantage of the upgraded Xbox’s unique wireless connectivity. According to Microsoft, a new feature called “Dynamic Delayed Input” pings the controller for input more often than before. Theoretically, this should reduce latency and mispress. In standard gameplay testing, I can’t say I’ve noticed that the controller is more responsive on the Series X, but it feels very snappy. I was able to play the Xbox One version of Ori and The Will of the Wisps to make accurate jumps quickly and never lose input, but of course it also applies to older controllers.

4K gaming TV ideal for PS5 and Xbox Series X

The most noticeable change is seen when using the record feature with the share button. Watch Dogs: I’m generally much more confident that I can take screenshots of the right moment in any game, from the Series X Legion to the One X Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 (2020). Was there. Take them at the push of a button. I don’t think it’s that powerful in video, but there’s an easy way to record it, so I’m more likely to actually use the console to actually create a clip of the gameplay.

The new controller is great for games that rely heavily on D-Pad.


The new Xbox Wireless Controller was launched on November 10th with the Xbox Series X and Series S and shipped with these consoles, but the controller is backward compatible and will also work with the Xbox One console. The new controller is great for games that rely heavily on D-Pad. For example, on the MK11, the click-feeling cross key provides useful feedback when focusing on directional movements. Yes, you have to be careful not to hit the diagonal, but doing so makes you feel wrong and makes it easier to detect and correct mispresses.

Buying guide

The new Xbox wireless controller will be available from November 10th at the Microsoft Store, Amazon, and other retailers for $ 59.99. The controller is included in the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, which will also be available on November 10.

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