The best Xbox controllers for 2022: Microsoft, Razer, PowerA, and more - The Verge

There are all kinds of controllers for Xbox One and Series X / S consoles, including premium and budget options. Many of them are worthy of consideration, so here’s our guide to help you find the right one.

You may not realize it, but we’re living in a golden age of gaming controllers. The gamepads on the market now are better quality, more versatile, and more customizable than anything from just a few console generations ago. That includes the plethora of third-party options from the likes of PowerA, Scuf, Nacon, and Turtle Beach, as well as first-party controllers from the console makers. The days of the cheap, “little sibling” controller that looked cool but barely worked are over.

Now, you can choose from a variety of controllers, and if you’re playing across Xbox and Windows PC, the same option works for both. So, let’s say your console of choice is the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S. What’s the best option for you? Well, we tested a whole slew of controllers to find the best Xbox controller you can buy.

The standard Xbox Wireless Controller came away as our top choice, which may sound obvious, but it’s the best for a bunch of reasons — versatility, comfort, and much more. Beyond that, we’ll walk you through some strengths and weaknesses of other controllers worthy of your attention, ranging from premium options like the Xbox Elite Series 2 and Scuf Instinct Pro to some quality budget picks like the PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller.

There are, of course, older, discontinued models that are still compatible — as Xbox One controllers are forward compatible with the Xbox Series X / S — but our focus is to guide you through what to buy that’s regularly available right now. We’ve got categories to help steer your purchasing decision and find the right one for you, including customizable options that may give you a tiny edge in competitive multiplayer games.


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