Best Xbox Series X controllers to buy in 2021: Razer, PowerA, Scuf, and more!
Microsoft launched its most ambitious and powerful gaming console to date, the Xbox Series X, last year. Ever since the launch, there has been a massive demand all over the globe. If you are one of the lucky ones who has managed to get your hands on the new console, then we’ve got a list of controllers, both official and third-party, that could take your gaming experience to the next level.
Xbox Elite Controller Series 2
The Elite controller was launched by Microsoft for gamers who wanted a bit more out of their controllers. The company now offers a new version that is compatible with the latest generation of consoles including the Series X and Series S. It offers adjustable-tension thumbsticks, shorter hair trigger locks, wrap-around rubberized grip, assignable buttons including paddles at the back, and re-engineered components all around making it a great option for pro-gamers. It also comes with an inbuilt battery which is said to last 40-hours and can be quickly charged using a USB Type-C cable.
The Scuf Prestige is a great alternative to the Xbox Elite controller offering similar paddles at the back. The company has been making Xbox controllers for a while, so you can expect great compatibility. The controller is quite comfortable and offers rubberized grips, an interchangeable faceplate, and a rechargeable battery that is said to last 30 hours. Similarly, you can customize your buttons the way you want and for the paddles at the back, you need the EMR (Electro-Magnetic Remapping) key. There are also two interchangeable thumbsticks and adjustable built-in trigger stops and if that’s not enough, you can completely customize and build the controller the way you want by heading to Scuf’s website.
Razer Wolverine Ultimate
Razer is a staple name in the gaming industry and the company’s Wolverine Ultimate is one of the best controllers for your Xbox Series X. Well, this is a wired controller, but it is one of the most feature-packed controllers that you can get today. The face buttons are said to offer a tactile feel similar to that of mouse clicks, making them more responsive. The interchangeable thumbsticks are quite smooth. The controller comes with six remappable buttons – four at the back and two near the shoulder buttons. The Wolverine Ultimate also gives you the option of swapping between different D-pads. Apart from button customizations, you can play around with the RGB lighting effects, adjust precise sensitivity for the thumbstick, and custom vibration intensity for the trigger buttons and haptic motors for an enhanced immersive experience.
Xbox Wireless Controller (Pulse Red)
The new Xbox Wireless controller is more or less the same as the one that shipped with the Xbox One series. Similarly, you get the controller in black, if you go for the Xbox Series X and a white version with the smaller Xbox Series S. But if you are looking for a second controller and are done with the monochrome color scheme, the new Pulse Red variant has become a popular choice. It is going to cost you a bit more for the paint job and it is definitely bright. It might not appeal to all, but it just looks really unique. You can also try out the Blue version which is available at an almost similar price.
PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller
This is one of the more affordable options if you are looking for a third-party controller for your Xbox Series X. It is a wired controller available in a variety of colors with two mappable buttons at the back. The controller also features dual rumble motors placed in the left and right grips for an immersive gaming experience. Additionally, there is a dial to control the game audio when you connect a headset via the 3.5mm stereo headset jack.
Xbox Adaptive Controller
Gaming doesn’t have any boundaries and the Adaptive Controller from Microsoft is a fine example. Made for users who have limited mobility, it is unlike any controller listed here with options to fully customize the controller according to the user’s needs. The controller is also a hub that can connect with a range of assistive devices which can then be assigned to specific controller inputs. Apart from the Xbox gaming consoles, the Adaptive Controller also works with the Nintendo Switch as well as Windows PC. There are about 20 ports that let you plug a variety of thumbsticks, switches, buttons, and other assistive devices.
Fighting Stick α
Love the charm of an old-school arcade console? Check out the Fighting Stick α (alpha) from Hori. Officially licensed from Microsoft, the controller comes with Hori’s own Hayabusa joystick made for competitive gaming. It offers easy profile switching with quick buttons right on top, along with options to change the top housing for a customized look. Other notable features include easy maintenance, audio controls for both mic and headset, and fine-tuning via a dedicated app.
As mentioned, there has been a huge demand for the Xbox Series X and also the Series S due to a global chip shortage. If you are planning to buy either of the consoles, make sure you go through our restock guide. Also, let us know about a controller you think we might have missed and is worth mentioning in the list.