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The best Xbox Series X controllers for 2021

Whether you’re still waiting to purchase an Xbox Series X or finally have the console in your hands, you’re probably looking for a second controller for more gaming options. Or maybe you’re searching for an important controller upgrade that gives you much-needed personalization. We took a look and found all the latest and best controllers that are compatible with the Series X: Here’s what they are and why they’re awesome!

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Scuf Prestige

Scuf’s incredible Prestige controller is all about customization — and every decision is in your hands (literally). You can choose whatever colors and faceplates you want when buying, and there are a lot of different options to choose from. When the controller arrives, you can adjust the sensitivity of the triggers and even enable trigger stops for shorter pull and faster activation.

There are also four paddles you can equip on the back for mapping various actions (very similar to the way the Xbox Elite controller works). The controller comes with a braided cable for charging and a battery that can last up to 30 hours. There’s a whole lot to love about this controller, but you will have to pay for the privilege.

Xbox Elite Series 2

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.

Thrustmaster ESWAP X Pro

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.

Razer Wolverine Ultimate

Razer also has a highly competitive controller ready for the Series X: The Wolverine 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.

PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller

If you aren’t looking to spend over $100 for a new controller — and in fact, you’d prefer to save some money when getting an extra Series X controller — we suggest you put an order in for this affordable PowerA model, which is designed for the Series X but less expensive than the standard controller. It features dual rumble motors and two mappable buttons, plus a headset dial, share button, and upgrade grips. It’s not the sharpest design or the most customizable controller in the world, but for this price, you get a whole lot in return and can take advantage of the latest Series X features.

Xbox Wireless Controller + Windows 10 Adapter

If you’re perfectly happy with your current controller but wish you had a second model that could do a little more, take a look at this controller bundle, which adds a wireless adapter for Windows 10. That allows you to take advantage of the great interplayability between games on Xbox and Windows while sticking with the same reliable controller. The adapter can support up to eight controllers, so you can also connect any others you may have. With the Xbox accessories app, you can also remap buttons and create different profiles!

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