The next-gen controller for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S hasn’t gotten the same level of attention as its Playstation counterpart — its improvements are less radical — but it’s still a refined version of what came before it. As usual, some people will prefer it simply because of its size and grip; other users will get on-board this year because of the updated ease-of-use features.
Microsoft’s production of computers and Android devices mean the Xbox controller is compatible beyond the new console. It comes in three colors and includes a remodeled D-pad, bumper texture and casing, among other fresh components.
The controller is priced $10 cheaper than the PlayStation 5 DualSense.
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Like the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles, the controller hits the market on Nov. 10.
Here’s an in-depth look at the next-gen controller, including design features, pricing and bundle details:
What does the new Xbox controller look like?
At launch, the new Xbox controller comes in three color variants — black, white and blue.
The different D-pad and addition of a share button, shown below, are the noticeable aesthetic changes.
Is the Xbox Series X controller different than what already exists?
It’s marginally improved but does not feature any game-changing technological breakthroughs. The hybrid D-pad lets players move beyond the typical up-down-right-left options, also allowing easy diagonal movement. The share button, while ages behind the PlayStation in terms of implementation, is a useful touch. And slight feel adjustments might give it an additional boost.
Xbox Series X controller price
The base price for the controller is $59.99.
How to get ‘Mandalorian’ Xbox controller
An end-of-year special edition controller inspired by the show “Mandaloran’ is made for the Xbox One but will be compatible with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. It will run at $160 and comes with a charging stand. It will be available for purchase on the final day of 2020 at major retailers and online on Xbox’s website.
Can you use an Xbox One controller on the Series X?
Yes, the Xbox One controller is compatible with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and the next-gen controller is backward compatible with the Xbox One.
Does the Xbox Series X controller come with a charger?
No, there is no charger in the box for the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S. It does come with batteries.
How many controllers does the Xbox Series X come with?
Both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles come with one controller and an HDMI cable.