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The best Xbox Series X controllers for 2024

Scuf Instinct Pro
Scuf Instinct Pro
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Xbox Elite Series 2
Xbox Elite Series 2
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Thrustmaster ESWAP X Pro
Thrustmaster ESWAP X Pro
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Razer Wolverine V2
Razer Wolverine V2
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Turtle Beach Xbox Recon Controller
Turtle Beach Recon (Series X)
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GameSir G7 SE Wired Controller for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One & Windows 10/11, Plug and Play Gaming Gamepad with Hall Effect Joysticks/Hall Trigger, 3.5mm Audio Jack
GameSir G7 SE
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A gamer is only as good as their controller, and the Xbox Series X has plenty of options to choose from when it comes to ways to interact with the best exclusives. However, a recent update to the system has made all unnofficial controllers no longer compatible, leading to confusion about which controllers one should invest in. That's why we made your search easy by listing not only controllers guaranteed to work on the system, but the best ones across the board.

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Scuf Instinct Pro

Pros
  • Excellent modular design
  • Back paddle buttons
  • Faceplate customization
Cons
  • Supplies have quickly dried up in the past

Scuf is known for its modular controllers, and this is one of the best available, including very sturdy components with options to switch out the instant triggers and thumbstick to different versions, and a new performance grip to prevent slipping. It also includes four programmable back paddles similar to the Xbox Elite Series, which you can map to any buttons you want, based on how you want to play. The headset is wireless or wired depending on preference, and uses a USB-C port to connect. If you feel like changing the design for your controller, you can purchase additional faceplates from Scuf and switch them out as you prefer. You can also create up to three different profiles for your favorite games so you don’t have to keep remapping on the fly.

Scuf Instinct Pro
Scuf Instinct Pro
The Xbox Elite Series 2 controller.
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Xbox Elite Series 2

Pros
  • Designed for sensitivity
  • Customizable back paddles
  • 40-hour battery life
  • Improved design
Cons
  • Expensive

The Elite Controller was a marvel in its time, with customizable back paddles, high-quality triggers, and special thumbsticks to enable even the twitchiest gameplay, and options to sub out various parts with different pieces to get just the feel you wanted. The Series 2 returns with a Series X compatible model that sports even more customization options, plus an amazing 40-hour battery life. It’s also taken steps to fix some of the problems of the original model (like the notoriously flimsy shoulder buttons) with a more durable design, making this controller more worth picking up than ever before — particularly for pro gameplay.

Xbox Elite Series 2
Xbox Elite Series 2
The Thrustmaster ESWAP X Pro.
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Thrustmaster ESWAP X Pro

Pros
  • Great preset options
  • Physical locking for triggers
  • Very modular
Cons
  • Another pricey pick

The ESWAP X Pro is specifically designed for Series X compatibility, so it’s a great pick if you want to ensure that there won’t be any compatibility issues. It also includes a ton of tech to help you personalize your gameplay and give you a competitive edge — like swapping between different preset configurations during a game, physical locking for triggers, and lots of re-mapping options for the extra buttons in the back. It’s also highly modular, with interchangeable mini-stick, grips, triggers, D-pads, and thumbstick caps … ideal for gamers who like to tinker with both setup and feel. However, keep in mind that is a corded option, not wireless.

Thrustmaster ESWAP X Pro
Thrustmaster ESWAP X Pro
The Razer Wolverine Ultimate.
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Razer Wolverine V2

Pros
  • Six remappable buttons
  • Razer Synapse on Xbox support
  • Some RGB effects
Cons
  • Wired only

Razer also has a highly competitive controller ready for the Series X: The Wolverine V2 comes with six different remappable buttons and interchangeable thumbsticks that allow you to alter the height and grip of the sticks to match your gameplay, plus a similar option to swap between different D-pads. It supports Razer Synapse on Xbox, too, which makes it easy to remap buttons and experiment quickly to find the loadout that’s best for the game.

And, of course, there are some RGB lighting effects packed into the controller too, which you can customize to whatever you find the most stylish (or least distracting). Like the Thrustmaster model, this control is also wired.

Razer Wolverine V2
Razer Wolverine V2
The Turtle Beach Recon controller.
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Turtle Beach Recon (Series X)

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Pairs well with Turtle Beach headsets
  • Two programmable back buttons
Cons
  • No modular options

The Turtle Beach Recon headset line has always been an excellent, dependable option for playing on Xbox. Here, Turtle Beach has updated the Recon line specifically to include a Series X controller, and the results are yet again impressive. In addition to the stylish incorporation of controller grips, you’ll also notice a separate little audio dashboard at the top of the controller: This is designed to pair with a Turtle Beach headset and allows you to quickly mute, turn on the EQ, enable “superhuman hearing” model, and adjust game/chat mix, among other modes.

It’s also a clever controller in other ways: You can tune your own preferred thumbstick sensitivity, and program two back buttons to map to whatever you prefer. Note that the Recon controller (Series X) is a wired controller, so playing wirelessly will not be an option here.

Turtle Beach Xbox Recon Controller
Turtle Beach Recon (Series X)
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GameSir G7 SE

Pros
  • Excellent thumbstick options
  • Swappable faceplates
  • Hall Effect triggers
Cons
  • Only two back buttons

The GameSir is an all-purpose competitive gaming controller that, as the Xbox Logo gives away, is designed foremost for the Series X. The wired controller is made with competitive play in mind thanks to responsive triggers and durable thumbsticks.

In addition to being able to map your buttons and adjust stick sensitivity (including setting trigger dead zones to avoid costly mistakes), you can also choose or create up to four different gaming profiles for different players or games. And since environmental awareness is important in competitive gaming, GameSir made sure to include a 3.5mm audio jack for whatever headset you're rocking.

GameSir G7 SE Wired Controller for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One & Windows 10/11, Plug and Play Gaming Gamepad with Hall Effect Joysticks/Hall Trigger, 3.5mm Audio Jack
GameSir G7 SE

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