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The Best Xbox Controller In 2024

The list of great Xbox controllers keeps growing, and there is no shortage of awesome (and affordable) options--but which is the best?


Look, we won't bury the lede--even after all these years, we still think the standard Xbox gamepad is the best Xbox controller available in 2024. It's been our top pick as far back as the Xbox One, and we don't see that changing anytime soon. It's likely many Xbox players agree. However, that doesn't mean it's the only controller we recommend. In fact, there are many great alternatives depending on what kind of controller you need, including Xbox's own premium pro-level pad, the Elite Series 2. There are also dozens of third-party options from brands like 8BitDo, HyperX, Razer, Turtle Beach, and more that vary in size, features, and price. So, we combed through them all to bring you our picks for the Xbox controllers available in 2024.

We've included picks for various controller categories, including niche considerations to make sure you find the best fit. 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.

If you also own other platforms, we have roundups of the best controllers for PC, Nintendo Switch, and PS5.

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