With so many Xbox One gaming accessories nowadays, it’s hard to choose which is best for your gaming experience. And controllers are no different. So when it comes to picking the best Xbox One controller, you’ll want one that would fit in your hands like a perfectly tailored glove. Figuratively speaking, of course, because almost all Xbox One controllers obviously have identical sizes.
Should you go for a regular Xbox One controller with an alternate design? Or should you go for custom Xbox One controllers that allow you to lord over the competition? We’re here to make things easier for you.
How to choose the best Xbox One controller for you
Xbox One controllers come in three types. So choosing the right type of custom Xbox One controller may be kind of tricky if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. In case you haven’t read the PS4 variant of this listing yet, they are as follows:
- Microsoft-approved custom Xbox One controllers: These are custom controllers made by either Microsoft or third-party manufacturers. Those made by third-party manufacturers presumably went through Microsoft’s quality check, so they are surely high-quality products. You can’t go wrong with these.
- Unofficial modded Xbox One controllers: These are custom controllers that have been tinkered with to give players an unfair advantage during competitive play or make things easier during single-player mode. The former is obviously cheating. Are modded controllers worth it? That’s up to you. Using unofficial modded Xbox One controllers could get you banned during online matches. Consider this as a warning.
- Re-skinned Xbox One controllers: Like weapon skins, re-skinned controllers only feature cosmetic changes. They won’t give you unnatural advantages in For Honor and they certainly won’t help you in defeating that first boss in Dark Souls III that you’ve been trying to beat for about two months. Re-skinned controllers are simply more stylish than regular Xbox One controllers.
Now that you know a bit more about the different types of Xbox One controllers here’s a few tips for buying the right controller for you.
The comfort of the Xbox One controller
When it comes to gaming with a controller, a badly designed controller can ruin your entire gaming experience. Even though many of us take our Xbox One controllers for granted the standard controllers are very well designed. When you’re in the process of buying a new Xbox One controller, the one thing you should always make sure is that it is comfortable enough for you to play for hours. This is obviously a no brainer but you have to realize that there are Xbox One controllers out there in the market that will give you cramps if you’re not careful.
Your budget matters
If you spend a bit more and buy a decent Xbox One controller you’ll be glad you did. Remember, this is something you’re going to be using a lot more likely. Spending more to get a good Xbox One controller means you’re paying for:
- A better build quality
- A more comfortable controller
- Better responding buttons
- Better precision
- More features
You don’t want to buy a cheap Xbox One controller and expect it to be as comfortable as an Elite controller. The amount you pay and the quality you’ll receive from your new controller are highly related. Our advice is just because you can get it cheap doesn’t always mean you should. So if you want the best Xbox One controller possible, be prepared to spend a bit more toward your new accessory. And we also recommend buying a charger for your Xbox One controllers so that you never have any down time with your controllers. If you’re going to have multiple controllers, a charger is a must!
Xbox One controller designs
If you take a quick glance at our list of custom Xbox One controllers you can quickly see there is a lot of variety in the list. The controllers look different in shape, form factor, colors, textures, and more. It’s up to you to decide what catches your eye and represents your style.
When you’re looking for a new Xbox One controller, you’re going to want something that looks eye catching and makes your friends and family take notice. There are no shortage of great looking custom Xbox One controllers in our list and with some of the controllers, you have the option of customization so keep that in mind.
Now, let’s have a look at the best candidates in the market and get started with your search for the best Xbox One controller.
Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller
The original controller for the first Xbox console is considered one of the most poorly designed gaming controllers ever. It was bulky, uncomfortable, and the action buttons were arranged awkwardly. There’s also that comically large Xbox logo in the middle, which served no real purpose other than to remind you how awful the controller is. Microsoft has managed to turn things around since then. It’s hard to believe that the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller evolved from that original Xbox controller from two console generations ago.
The Elite Wireless Controller is sort of modular: It comes with three different pairs of analog sticks, which you can easily swap in and out depending on your preferences. You can also choose to replace the standard directional pad with a faceted variant. The former gives you more accuracy, while the latter is best for executing elaborately long combos in fighting games. These removable pieces allow you to customize your controller according to each game you play.
Four “paddles” also come with the Elite Wireless Controller. All of which can be attached individually to the underside of the controller and can be configured to certain in-game commands. This is especially handy in FPS games that cause you to remove your right thumb from the right analog stick to press the jump button.
Speaking of FPS games, the controller has Hair Trigger Locks that allow you to rapidly fire shots in the most efficient way possible. These locks hold the triggers in place upon firing, allowing you to fire a follow-up shot almost immediately. In games where every second is vital, this is extremely valuable. Just be sure to switch off the Hair Trigger Locks when playing racing games. If you’re looking for the best Xbox One controller that gives you a personalized feel, look no further than this Microsoft-approved and manufactured controller.
Hori Fighting Commander (Xbox One)
Envious of the Hori Fighting Commander for the PS4? Don’t worry; the Xbox One also has its own version. Well, actually, except for the missing Turbo function, this Microsoft-approved custom Xbox One controller is exactly the same as its PS4 counterpart. It features the four action buttons and the RB and RT buttons on the right side for easier combo execution in fighting games.
The left and analog sticks have also been removed because they’re not really suitable for fighting games. As a consolation prize for the missing Turbo function, the Hori Fighting Commander for Xbox One allows you to re-assign buttons for a more customized button layout, depending on which fighting game you’re playing. The controller is available in black or white colors, allowing you to match it to your original Xbox One or the slimmer Xbox One S, respectively. Unless you own one of those re-skinned limited edition consoles. In which case, toss a coin to decide.
Hori Pad Pro for Xbox One
Unlike the Hori Pad FPS Plus for PS4, the Hori Pad Pro for Xbox One is officially licensed by Microsoft. The Xbox logo in the middle indicates that. This custom Xbox One controller is a cheaper alternative to the Elite Wireless Controller. It similarly features four extra buttons on the underside, all of which are easily programmable. This is especially helpful when the default controls in certain games are so awkward that it makes you wonder whether the developers thought things through. Simply re-map too-awkward-to-manage commands to these four extra buttons to have an easier time.
This custom controller doesn’t come with spare parts, though. So don’t even think about trying to remove the analog sticks and directional pad like you would with the Elite Wireless Controller. It’s also wired, which is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your preferences. It’s good because you don’t have to worry about input lag, which occasionally happens to wireless controllers. It’s bad because, well, we all know how annoying tangled wires are.
All the buttons and triggers are especially responsive, input-wise, and the analog sticks are sensitive enough to catch sudden twitches of your thumbs. The design is a bit more compact than the regular Xbox One controller, which allows you to reach the shoulder and trigger buttons much easier. Overall, the Hori Pad Pro for Xbox One is the best Xbox One controller alternative if you’re reluctant to spend too much on the Elite Wireless Controller.
If you think the design of the recently released Razer Raiju for PS4 looks familiar, perhaps you once owned a Razer Wildcat. Heck, all Razer had to do was switch the left analog stick and the directional pad and voila. In case you have yet to own the Wildcat, check out its features: Four additional programmable buttons – two shoulder bumpers and two underside triggers – which allows you to freely remap commands to your convenience. All of which are comfortable to reach, unless your hands are really small. The controller also houses a control panel that allows you to adjust the volume and switch profiles as fast as you can rage-quit.
This custom controller also comes with optional grips for your palms and thumbs, which are especially helpful for those with sweaty hands. If you want rapid firing in shooter games, the Wildcat has optional Trigger Stops for more efficiency in shooter games. The Wildcat is a custom Xbox One controller specifically made for esports. Everything about it has been approved by professional gamers.
The directional buttons of the Wildcat are not recommended for fighting games, though. You can opt for the Hori Fighting Commander if fighting games are your thing. Other than this, the Wildcat is a solid custom Xbox One controller that gives you the flexibility and comfort needed to maximize your gaming experience.
Black Out Modded Xbox One Controller
The Black Out Modded Xbox One Controller is an unofficial custom controller that turns shootouts in Call of Duty games laughably easier, thanks to its wide array of functions. The controller was designed with Call of Duty in mind, so most of its features are geared toward games in the series. But you can still use it for other games where guns are usable weapons. The rapid fire mod allows you to turn semi-automatic or single-shot weapons into fully automatic assault weapons. Yes, even snipers, which are already deadly enough in their normal speed.
Speaking of snipers, this modded Xbox One controller also has a so-called “sniper breath” mod which, basically, steadies breathing when using a sniper rifle, allowing for more accurate shots. Unlike many modded controllers in the market, the Black Out Modded Xbox One Controller works just as advertised. It’s a good investment if you’re not blessed with particularly skillful hands when playing games, especially in shooters. You’ll just have to stomach the controller’s rather bland, almost all-black look.
BlackZone Pro Mod Z-750 Modded Xbox One Controller
Like its PS4 counterpart, the BlackZone Z-750 is an easy-to-use modded controller that functions just like a plug-and-play device. It comes with a very detailed instruction manual to guide you in making the most of its mods. Though it’s extremely tempting to use it to put your oblivious friends to shame during online multiplayer, the BlackZone Z-750 is best used to practice your real skills instead. The quick scope and sniper burst mods allow you to hone your overall sniping skills, and in the case of the latter, your “drag scope” skills.
Perhaps the most useful mod this controller offers is the rapid fire mod, which works like charm in turning semi-automatic weapons, pistols, and shotguns into instant weapons of mass destruction capable of wiping out enemies with minimal effort. Of course, you will still need to accurately aim your weapon. But once you have them locked in sight, there’s no escaping the onslaught.
Similar to all other unofficial modded Xbox One controllers, the BlackZone Z-750 could easily get you banned if you get caught using it in online multiplayer. So it’s best to just stick to single-player when utilizing the controller’s unfair advantages. You can take out your frustration on AI enemies instead. That should be fun.
Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Limited Edition
Take note that the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Limited Edition is different from the Crimson Omen Gears of War 4 limited edition Xbox One controller, which was based on a regular Xbox One controller. As its name suggests, this is a re-skinned version of the Elite Wireless Controller seen above, featuring a darker and almost rustic red color compared to the Crimson Omen version. It also has a blood spatter design in the middle.
The most notable cosmetic change lies in the faceted directional pad, which now features four icons corresponding to the weapons assigned to Up, Down, Left, and Right in the game. This makes the controller look like it’s made specifically for Gears of War 4 (obviously, you can use it for other games, too). This re-skinned version of the Elite Wireless Controller offers the same features as the regular one.
Xbox One Controller – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Limited Edition
Released back in November 2014, the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Xbox One Controller makes you feel like you’re operating a spaceship instead of a gamepad, with the left and right analog sticks looking like knobs. The controller was based on the Sentinel Task Force in the game, whose emblem is featured in the middle of the controller. Easily noticeable are the gray-and-black action buttons, which are labeled by small colored arrows in case you forget their normal colors (red, blue, yellow, and green).
Xbox One Controller – Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition (The Master Chief)
This re-skinned Xbox One controller was originally released to coincide with Halo 5: Guardians in 2015. It is one of two limited edition controllers based on the game. Featuring the acronym for the United Nations Space Command in the middle, this Master Chief variant Xbox One controller was based on the armor design of, well, Master Chief. It has a dark, military green color and, like the Advanced Warfare Limited Edition above, has gold directional buttons and monochrome action buttons (also flanked by small colored arrows). For Halo fans, this re-skinned controller is no doubt the best Xbox One controller to have.
Xbox One Controller – Titanfall Limited Edition
Though it looks like it’s based on the Gundam anime series, this limited edition Xbox One Controller was based on Titanfall, a game that features…Gundam-like mechas. It is easily the brightest-looking of the four re-skinned controllers in this listing, predominantly white with the left and right grips colored orange and black, respectively. Featuring the usual colored action buttons, this limited edition controller’s overall design was based on the R-101C Carbine, an anti-personnel automatic rifle in the game.
This concludes our listing of the best Xbox One controllers. Did you find the best Xbox One controller that best fits your style among the 10 listed controllers? We hope we have been a big help to you!
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