For those in need of an additional game controller for their Xbox or PC, the wireless Xbox Series X/S controller from Microsoft is currently on sale for $45 on Amazon. This price is among the most competitive we’ve observed, and the promotion extends to various finishes, including carbon black, blue, and velocity green.
The Series X/S controller represents the classic, well-balanced model featuring responsive face buttons, triggers, and joysticks. In comparison to Sony’s DualSense PS5 controller, the d-pad provides satisfying tactility, although it maintains an asymmetrical joystick layout. Equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, it seamlessly interfaces with PCs or mobile devices, and includes a dedicated “Share” button for convenient screen and video capture.
While it may lack the advanced haptic feedback features of the DualSense, the controller offers a comfortable grip and proves more user-friendly on a PC, particularly for platforms other than Steam. While alternatives like the 8BitDo Ultimate Bluetooth Controller and Microsoft’s Elite Series 2 pad boast additional features, the standard Xbox controller is a reliable choice for those seeking the essentials.
One notable drawback is its reliance on AA batteries instead of rechargeable ones for power. This design choice extends its battery life compared to the DualSense, but users interested in avoiding frequent battery swaps will need to purchase a separate rechargeable battery pack. If this limitation is acceptable, the current sale provides an affordable opportunity to acquire one or more high-quality controllers.