The best Xbox controller in 2023 isn’t really a surprise. The first-party Xbox Wireless Controller has held the top spot on our list since the Xbox One era, and that probably won’t change during the Xbox Series X|S lifecycle either. Similarly, the best premium Xbox controller is still the superb Elite Series 2–though now there are a few different models to choose from. Having said all that, there are a bunch of truly great third-party Xbox controllers that are worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for pro-style customization features without breaking the bank. We’ve rounded up the best Xbox Series X|S controllers available now.
Outside of the pair of first-party Xbox controllers that are probably always on your mind when shopping for a new controller, there are compelling alternatives from popular third-party brands, including 8BitDo, HyperX, Razer, Turtle Beach, and more.
For instance, if you prefer aligned joysticks or play a lot of games that work better with D-pad controls, the 8BitDo Pro 2 is a better pick than Microsoft’s controllers. If you are focused on competitive multiplayer, you may want to consider the Razer Wolverine V2 Chroma, which features ultra-quick actuation and other features aimed at improving multiplayer performance. Also, Xbox gamers might be nostalgic for the Duke–the ill-fated original Xbox controller that some folks fondly remember for some reason. Of course, Xbox is also home to the most inventive and important gaming controller of our time. The Xbox Adaptive Controller helps gamers with limited mobility enjoy more gaming experiences than ever before.
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