Best Xbox Controller: Top Picks Just In Time For The Holidays

From Elite controllers to retro-style pads and fight sticks, here are the best Xbox controllers compatible with Series X and Series S.


Regardless of whether you're playing games on Xbox Series X or Xbox One, there's a large variety of first- and third-party controllers to choose from. The best part? All of the best Xbox controllers work on both Xbox Series X and Xbox One, and it's almost a guarantee we'll see steep discounts on Xbox controllers this holiday. While you can't go wrong with the updated Xbox controller that comes with the console, there are plenty of other options out there that are worth checking out. From the accessibility-focused Xbox Adaptive controller and the premium Xbox Elite Series 2 controller to the growing numer of third-party alternatives, it's no easy task finding the best one for you. That's why we've collected all of the best Xbox Series X controllers that can make your favourite first-person shooter, fighting game, and other titles more comfortable.

With all of these great Xbox controllers on the market, you can rest easy knowing that if you drop a large amount of money on a pad, you'll be able to use it with any version for the Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC. That means if you buy the Elite Series 2 controller now to use it with your Xbox One, you can upgrade to the Xbox Series X whenever you like and still be able to use it on the next-gen console.

Of course, even with all these options, the basic Xbox controller is perfectly suitable. It features excellent ergonomics, smooth triggers, and accurate analog sticks, and if you need to face someone 1-on-1 in a fighting game, its clicky D-pad will serve you well enough. However, some of the alternative options will give you customization features, a more accessible experience, or even an edge over the competition.

If you need to keep your thumbs on both sticks during a tense firefight, there are several controllers from Microsoft, Scuf, and Razer that feature remappable back paddles. If you want to relive the past with a hefty dose of nostalgia, the Xbox One has two excellent options in Hyperkin's Duke and X91 pads. And if you're looking to streamline the gameplay experience as, or for, someone with limited mobility, then Microsoft has an excellent, accessibility-focused controller.

We'll keep this article updated as we test new controllers, leading up to the release of the Xbox Series X and throughout its lifespan. While you wait for the next-gen console, be sure to read through our list of the best Xbox One controllers that will work with the Series X. It's important to note that the prices indicated below may not reflect each product's current price.

Quick look: The best Xbox Series X controllers in 2020

For more gaming controller guides, check out our recommendations, check out our picks for the best PS4 controller, the best Switch controller, the best gaming keyboards, and best gaming mice.

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