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Best XCloud Controller For Xbox Cloud Gaming On Mobile

Xbox cloud gaming (Project xCloud) has officially launched, and we've tested the best controllers you can use on Android devices for cloud gaming.

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Xbox cloud gaming launched last month with a lineup of more than 170 games. Now, anyone with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription automatically has access to Xbox cloud gaming (otherwise known as Project xCloud) and can play Xbox games on their Android smartphone or tablet. However, you'll need a phone controller if you want to experience cloud gaming, and there are a lot of different choices to consider, from official pads that require mobile controller clips to third-party ones that don't. Thankfully, some of the best Xbox One controllers are compatible with Android devices, and there are a lot of other great cloud gaming controller options as well.

That's why we've tested and identified our picks for the best xCloud controller for use for Xbox cloud gaming on our Android phones. Each of the following controllers provides a unique but great experience, and it can be hard to tell which ones are worth your time and money. If you're looking for something akin to console and PC gaming, then there are a number of pads that provide that experience. However, there are also a couple that can turn your Android smartphone into a handheld like the Nintendo Switch, making portability easy and fun.

Quick Look: Best Phone Controller Options for Xbox Cloud Gaming

We'll keep this article updated as we test more phone controllers, clips, and devices, but in the meantime, read on for our current overview of the best xCloud phone controllers out there. Please note that the prices listed below indicate the regular price and don't reflect any current discounts or fluctuations. Amazon tends to discount products regularly, so you may be able to snag any of these controllers for a great price if you're patient.

Best controller clips for mobile phones

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If you're gonna recommend the standard Xbox One controller, should point out that it has to be a newer one, from after they updated it alongside the One S in 2016. Xbox One controllers from before then don't have Bluetooth and thus can't connect to phones.

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Mat/GameSpot,

Can you advise if any of these controllers make significantly less sound than the standard X1 controller? I ask because a part of gaming-on-the-go means you'll be playing in places other than your standard gaming area. For example, I love to play at night when the Mrs. is asleep next to me or on a crowded bus/train, BUT I can't or otherwise feel guilty because the X-1 controller is so LOUD. Every button press and the analog stick knocking against the sides sounds like an old arcade box. I understand there will be some noise, but I would LOVE a controller that has more silent buttons. Thanks in advance for any advice!

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