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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I don't even own an Xbox One

    Posted
    vynsane
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    As the summary/title states, I don't own an Xbox One, though I am starting to consider purchasing one. The last three consoles I have owned are a Wii U, Wii, and Gamecube to give you a hint as to my preferences. To that point, I bought this controller because I wanted to use it to play No Man's Sky on a Windows 10 laptop, and also some games that support a paired controller on my Surface 3. I was actually seriously considering getting the Wii U Pro controller, as I had read that you MIGHT be able to pair it with your PC, and I could then also use it with my Wii U, but after reading more on that process, I felt it was too uncertain that I would be successful. Conversely, I wondered if it was really as easy to pair this controller as they say it is, and I have to give them credit - it really is. You have to connect it via USB the first time, using a cable that has microUSB on the controller end (luckily my Surface 3 came with one for charging), but after that it will be able to pair wirelessly with relatively no problem. I've had some instances where the controller loses connectivity mid-play in the past, but I believe a driver update rectified those issues. As for the controller itself, it is a quality product. It feels sturdy, the buttons and sticks have an adequate amount of resistance, and the materials feel premium. The back has a texture that, while ergonomically pleasant, will also assist in making sure it doesn't slip out of your hands during particularly intense play. It also looks really classy in white, though there is reason for concern - over time dirt and grime could affect that gleaming body, or the color could yellow down the line. Time will tell, it hasn't really been available long enough for something like that to become evident. Again, the quality of the plastic makes me feel like this won't happen, but it's worth a mention as a possibility. Cleaning the front portion should be pretty simple, though the textured back could cause more dirt to build up without routine, and thorough, cleaning, depending on how often you use it. Battery life seems to be incredibly good. I will admit that I don't use this controller as often as others might, but it seems ready to rock any time I pick it up. I've had mine since mid-August and I don't think I've changed the batteries yet. In conclusion, if you're looking for a second controller for your brand new Xbox One S, this is a no-brainer, but if you're looking for a high-quality controller to use with a Windows 10 PC or tablet, you should seriously consider purchasing this item, I seriously doubt you will be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Control the desire of your heart

    Posted
    Mastachillz
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    In my life, many things are out of my control. My kids are out of control, my wife is out of control, my job is out of control, and most of the time my car is our of control... although that could be because my wife is driving. The one time in my life I'm in control is when I have this controller in my hands. With this controller, I can scale mountains, I can command armies, I can jump to new heights, and I can pwn some noobs like they deserve. When I say jump it doesn't say how high, it jumps as high as I want. When I say fire, it doesn't just fire, it sprays and prays, it launched rockets, blows buildings up, and so much more. When I say go left it goes left... most of the time, when I say up or goes up... most of the time. I am in control. Oh and don't get me stated on the realistic rumble and vibrating. After a session with this bad boy, my life feels like I have fulfilled my purpose to dominate the world. To go forth to all the worlds and proclaim that I am unstoppable and I am in control. Once I get up out of the chair and put my new controller down its back to a life where I'm not in control. But I guess that's how life is isn't it? We are never in control truly are we? Only when we are looking at the 1's and 0's, and that's why I'm so glad I got this controller. If you need to have that time in your life where you are in control, even if for only an hour, this is for you. I love my controller it helps my life feel full. I hope your life can be full too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great fit in your hands!

    Posted
    Clarkers
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    I have owned an Elite controller since its release. It is by far the best way to play on the Xbox One. Not all the extra features are used, but the feel and built of the controller is much better than the regular controllers. I do use the round thumbpad a lot. I find that it is the best way to play to fighting games for me. I can never get used to using an arcade stick, so the round thumbpad is my main reason for using this controller. The longer thumbsticks do help with shooters. I find it much faster to aim and it cuts down on the time to switch between targets. The half-pressed trigger buttons are a big help when sniping. I don't play as a sniper in online shooting games, but I use the feature often when playing the game 'Zombie Army Trilogy'. In that game you are forced to run-and-gun as a sniper, and the half-pressed trigger becomes extremely helpful. Other than those features, I find the built and weight to be perfect for me. I am a big, strong guy and the heavy built feels perfect in my hands. The controller buttons don't stick after rough use. I usually don't know my own strength and have had problems since the original Xbox controllers where buttons become stuck. Not a single button on the Elite controller has become stuck. They still just as great as when I first started to use the controller. I am on my second Elite controller. The first controllers headphone jack stopped working. Besides that issue, the first controller still plays great. I use it as a second controller. I had to buy a new controller because I can't play with another controller. I even got a custom controller from the Microsoft Design Lab, and that one is still in the box. I played with it for little bit, then switched right back to the Elite controller. The price may not be for everyone. And you probably won't use every feature on the controller. But, I highly recommend the controller as a premium,luxury product. I also highly recommend getting an extended warranty with the controller

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Thumbsticks WILL Discolor Over Time

    Posted
    TacoAssassin
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    First off, let me start by saying that a clean controller is my absolute #1 pet peeve. I don't eat while I play and I always wash my hands before touching my controller. Every single time without exception. With that said I was disappointed to find that the thumb sticks on this controller are already turning a nasty grimy yellow after little more than 1 month of using it. I am the only one that uses the controller as it is always with me in my laptop bag. I have tried scrubbing and chemicals but the yellow tint on the blue joysticks will not go away. I assume it isn't actually an added yellow substance, but instead the blue coloring on the joystick rubbing away to reveal a nasty yellow underneath. Aside from the discoloration the only other gripe I have is actually a Windows Bluetooth issue. Whenever my laptop is Shut Down or Restarted (i.e. not put to Sleep) I have to return to the Bluetooth configuration menu and then remove and re-sync the controller. This is a 100% certainty if I Shut Down and I have to be careful to always put my computer to Sleep and not let the battery die or else I have to deal with the frustration of reconnecting the controller. All in all the Xbox One controller is the best device you can buy for PC based gaming and the inclusion of Bluetooth is worth the trouble of it disconnecting all of the time and not having to have a separate dongle. Maybe just stay away from the colored joysticks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great...except for Bluetooth features lacking

    Posted
    Keyan
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    • Top 10 ContributorTop 10 Contributor

    The latest revision of the Xbox controller has several subtle improvements to the already great Xbox one controller. The textured grip offers a nice feel, and the clean black and white theme isn't terrible either. The buttons and sticks all work well, none of them feel cheap or have weird mechanics. Don't kid yourself though - the Elite controller still sits atop the Xbox One controller offerings as the best controller you can get for one. One feature that caught my eye was the addition of Bluetooth support for use on Windows 10 PCs. This is a nice feature so you don't have to use a wire or the Xbox wireless adapter to use the controller...unfortunately I was kind of let down by it in practice though. After initially pairing to my PC, it was fine, but after powering it down and then back up it was connecting and disconnecting constantly, with the searching slow blink going until finally it gave up and shut down. It seems that the available firmware update fixed that issue - but you have to know enough about Xbox controllers to know to use a micro USB cable to your PC, and then open the Xbox accessories app to install it. Or you can pair it to an Xbox One and update over the air, but you need to have one available to do that. What was really disappointing to me and what is costing it a star is the lack of features over Bluetooth. The headset jack does not work. Neither will the chatpad. It works as a controller, but that's it. No audio, no chatpad, so you are either using a wired headset to your PC, a gaming wireless headset, or using speakers. Bluetooth headsets usually have to much latency for gaming, so you are really limited on your options when using Bluetooth. When using a USB cable or the Xbox wireless adapter all of the features and peripherals work as you would expect them to, but part of the marketed appeal of the controller was being able to use it wirelessly without a dongle. While that does work, not being able to use any peripherals on the controller is a significant limitation. Overall, this is the best of the non-Elite controller lineup and a nice revision to the Xbox controller line...sadly the Bluetooth is very limited on a PC, to the point where you may still want to use a wire or the dongle to get full features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better Quality Than Day One Edition Controllers

    Posted
    ppurisima
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    When the Xbox One first released I was able to buy the “Day One Edition” which of course came with one controller with that specific label, as with any gamer I purchased an extra one as well. Recently I need a new one for the simple fact that the two I have from the initial purchase of the Xbox One are just not as good with connectivity, battery life and durability. The old controllers over time will lose battery life but in my opinion and comparing to the PS4 controllers that were purchased on day one of the release, they just didn’t hold up as well as I expected. I decided to buy this Red Xbox One controller over the holidays. There were a few options as far as color available, the standard black, a gloss white and this red one, to me the red color popped really well so that push me into that choice. The connectivity with the console was instant, no issues with syncing like I encountered with the day one controllers. I have had the controller for almost two months now and never had resyncing issues even when connecting to a friend’s console and then back to my own. The battery life is definitely better, I can only assume Xbox change the type of battery used because the charge life seems twice as long with this one. The construction of the controller seems of a higher quality too, the response of the buttons when pressed are far better too, just all around a better controller, I just wished the price wasn’t what it is but then again electronics now a days are expensive in its entirety.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hey there,

      Thank you for the great feedback on your new red Xbox wireless controller. We're glad that you're enjoying its improved battery life and quality construction, and hope you continue to have a lot of fun with it.

      Happy gaming,
      Chuck
      Xbox Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    D-Pad is lacking, but otherwise great

    Posted
    Electronaut72
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    Console controllers have made great strides over the years in functionality, and I'm pleased to say the Xbox One S controller is the apex of that so far for Microsoft. Most notably, it has a headphone jack built into the bottom of the controller (so you won't need the chat adapter for that function anymore). Other than that, this is pretty much the same superb Xbox One controller you know. The analog sticks feel sturdy and have yet to fail on me during demanding first person shooter play (something that was a plague for me during the PS2 and original Xbox era). The buttons don't feel cheap and haven't stuck on me yet, which is also a good thing. However, I've found the D-pad has always left something to be desired on Xbox controllers–it's just not precise enough for arcade fighting games. So, I'd recommend an arcade stick over this controller if you plan on seriously playing any fighters. I've found the charging function and battery life with the play-n-charge kit inconsistent (although this could be due to me using a headset with the controller that drains it quicker). It sure would be nice if Microsoft would finally take a page from Sony and put internal batteries in these things...having to buy a separate battery and cord seems excessive given that it's the same price as Sony's standard Dual Shock 4. Still, the S controller is a respectable 1st-party peripheral and meets most of my needs nicely for the system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good

    Posted
    Gary
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    In my life, many things are out of my control. My kids are out of control, my wife is out of control, my job is out of control, and most of the time my car is our of control... although that could be because my wife is driving. The one time in my life I'm in control is when I have this controller in my hands. With this controller, I can scale mountains, I can command armies, I can jump to new heights, and I can pwn some noobs like they deserve. When I say jump it doesn't say how high, it jumps as high as I want. When I say fire, it doesn't just fire, it sprays and prays, it launched rockets, blows buildings up, and so much more. When I say go left it goes left... most of the time, when I say up or goes up... most of the time. I am in control. Oh and don't get me stated on the realistic rumble and vibrating. After a session with this bad boy, my life feels like I have fulfilled my purpose to dominate the world. To go forth to all the worlds and proclaim that I am unstoppable and I am in control. Once I get up out of the chair and put my new controller down its back to a life where I'm not in control. But I guess that's how life is isn't it? We are never in control truly are we? Only when we are looking at the 1's and 0's, and that's why I'm so glad I got this controller. If you need to have that time in your life where you are in control, even if for only an hour, this is for you. I love my controller it helps my life feel full. I hope your life can be full too

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great New Controller

    Posted
    DJCypress35
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    I really like this controller. I had the day 1 version and I really liked it as well, but it annoyed me that I had to buy a stereo adapter for most headsets to work. I thought we had moved past proprietary connections with cell phones, and now we have. That jack is still there, but now you have the option to connect directly via the 3.5 mm jack that has been added. Additionally the entire feel of the controller has been redesigned. The D-pad has been improved, and the bumpers have a much smoother feel when depressed. A texture has been added to the casing so that it won't slip out of your hand as easily. Overall it seems like while tweaking the design to make it sleeker, they also improved some known issues. The connectivity to the Xbox and other devices has been greatly improved with this model, but not without room for further improvement. The wireless range with the Xbox has been doubled for more comfortable play across a large room, and you no longer need to plug into the Xbox via usb to update the controller. Additionally and probably most importantly Bluetooth connectivity has been added to this device, meaning that you now can connect wirelessly to a variety of Bluetooth enabled devices. My laptop does not have Bluetooth I was surprised to learn (thanks HP), but I was able to connect to my Android phone, and amazingly my Amazon Fire stick! My only concern with this function that could be corrected with an update is that it was not a seamless operation switching between paired devices, I needed to completely unpair from the Fire Stick, run downstairs and after several attempts to repair with the Xbox finally reset both and got it. Overall, this is a very good controller that I believe is worth the investment, even if you have a fully functional controller. The ability to use the same controller on all of your (Bluetooth) devices is a big deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good comfort and grip. Light Weight. Looks good

    Posted
    Gaiden
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    I owned an Elite Controller for 1 year and 10 months and returned it on my replacement plan because the control sticks became very sloppy as well as connection and stick input issues. I tried the back paddles on the Elite, but never got comfortable with them and ended up not using them. After returning my Elite, I purchased the Patrol Tech Special Edition because I wanted to get back to a basic controller that would do what I need at 1/3rd the cost and hopefully with more reliability. I chose the Patrol Tech over other offerings primarily because of the rubber grip areas on the back side of the controller. The standard controller is a little slippery on all surfaces, while the Patrol Tech provides a much more comfortable and secure grip. Secondly, I like the controllers color and graphics. Having used it now, I like going back to a much lighter controller compared to the Elite, and I find it to be responsive and comfortable when gaming for hours at a time. There are plenty of choices out there, but for me it really came down to the extra comfort and grip provided with this controller.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works with the Amazon Fire TV Stick

    Posted
    Steven
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    I originally purchased a new Sony PlayStation 4 Dual Shock Bluetooth remote to connect to my Amazon Fire TV Stick to play games. I had to use ADB to obtain the Bluetooth address of the Fire Stick and then use another program to assign that address to the Sony controller just to get the Fire Stick to recognize the Sony Controller. Headache. It connected and worked at a short distance, less than 5 feet away. Beyond that and the connection would drop. It worked fine on my Windows 10 laptop and Android tablet. I returned the Sony DS4 remote and bought the SteelSeries Stratus XL. The Stratus XL turned out the be worse than the Sony DS4. This was recognized by the Amazon Fire Stick but would not keep connected. I had further issues with my Windows PC and Android tablet with the A and B buttons going out during play. I would have to turn it off then back on to get the buttons to work again for only a minute or two. You also need their software installed on the Windows PC in order for it to be recognized. After all that hassle I decided to exchange the Stratus XL for this Xbox One Bluetooth controller. This was recognized and paired instantly with the Amazon Fire TV Stick. No extra dongle required like the Xbox 360 wireless remote that connects via 2.5Ghz frequency. So far none of the buttons work as a Home button for the Fire Stick which is a small set back as everything else is working fine. This one also connects to my Windows 10 laptop as it's a Microsoft product and designed for just that purpose. No issues with gaming on my laptop. Also no issues with pairing and gaming on my Android tablet. This was a great buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bought 4, Brand New, None Work With Headsets

    Posted
    Joey2

    I purchased two Xbox One S Consoles as well as 4 controllers for Christmas for my Grandchildren. The controllers worked fine until I purchased Turtle Beach 50X Headsets so they could join X-box Live and play with their friends. We could not get these controllers to work on either console. We even sent them to neighbors homes with working accounts and they would not work. We spent so many hours trying everything under the sun to get them to work but it just wasn't going to happen. Yes we did updates. Since we are a week or so past the return deadline, I decided to go back to Best Buy and purchased the X-box Patrol Tech Special Edition Controller. I brought it home and now have no problem with our Turtle Beach headphones, yes, yes, yes happy kids once again for now. We wasted so much time and headache dealing with these junky controllers. It gets even better. I decided to send them in for repair and create a repair order online and I couldn't get past step 2. It keeps timing and nothing happens. I tried with different computers and I get the same result, cannot get past step 2. Surprised? No way, I am no longer surprised with any Microsoft shortcomings as they have been countless over the years. I have 4 boys and 3 grandchildren and it seems over the years I am always pulling my hair out over Microsoft products. Please don't waste your time with these controllers, just get the better ones. I wish my kids would have stayed with Sony and I would have less gray hair.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Control the desire of your heart

    Posted
    WhiteJTB
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    With this controller, I can scale mountains, I can command armies, I can jump to new heights, and I can pwn some noobs like they deserve. When I say jump it doesn't say how high, it jumps as high as I want. When I say fire, it doesn't just fire, it sprays and prays, it launched rockets, blows buildings up, and so much more. When I say go left it goes left... most of the time, when I say up or goes up... most of the time. I am in control. Oh and don't get me stated on the realistic rumble and vibrating. After a session with this bad boy, my life feels like I have fulfilled my purpose to dominate the world. To go forth to all the worlds and proclaim that I am unstoppable and I am in control. Once I get up out of the chair and put my new controller down its back to a life where I'm not in control. But I guess that's how life is isn't it? We are never in control truly are we? Only when we are looking at the 1's and 0's, and that's why I'm so glad I got this controller. If you need to have that time in your life where you are in control, even if for only an hour, this is for you. I love my controller it helps my life feel full. I hope your life can be full too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hey there,

      Wow, we can feel how full your new Xbox Phantom Black Wireless Controller has made your life, too! Thank you for the many kind words, and we're glad that this controller has had such a profound effect on your gaming. We hope you have continue to be in control with this Xbox controller.

      Happy gaming,
      Chuck
      Xbox Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    One of the buttons became unresponsive.

    Posted
    ConcernedBuyer
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Today, one of the buttons suddenly stopped working and button presses stopped registering at all for this particular button. Unfortunately, Microsoft's Xbox accessories only have a 90 day warranty period from the date of purchase, I was pretty shocked to see such a small warranty period for an official Xbox controller. I figured I was okay because I bought the controller not TOO long ago. I looked up when I purchased the controller and counted the days... I bought this controller 101 days ago at the time of writing. Even if the controller was still under warranty, I would have to dock 2-3 stars from this product. I found the construction to be rather cheap, the A/B/X/Y buttons feel rather loose, the triggers feel flimsy, and the D-Pad is even worse than the Xbox 360 controller. The fact that the warranty is only 90 days is near criminal. And the fact that one of the buttons broke in a little over 3 months is just laughable. I know this is only the base version of the xbox controller, but it's still a $50 controller and should have a bit better quality control and a bit longer warranty period.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Defective Xbox one Controllers

    Posted
    MrNobody
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    I purchased this Xbox one controller Feb 18 2017 and It died on me May 30 2017. The controller will not stay on with my xbox one rechargeable battery so I connected it to the charger and nothing. I connected my black xbox one controller that came with the system (that I had for 3 years) started to charge with no problem. I got some new AA batteries and the light came on for a second and cut off. I connected the cable with the batteries in the controller and it stayed on but after about 5mins, the controller got really HOT. After that I remember the same thing happened to my Halo 5 controller. About 6 months, that controller did the same thing. I though maybe because I dropped it but my black one has been dropped 100x more and no issues. I purchased this White one and it did the same thing and I haven't dropped this one at all. I purchased both from bestbuy in Raleigh NC by Bier Creek. I'm not sure what is going on but I don't even charge the controller that much and plus if I did, the batter would go first. They must have a bad batch of controllers and as the customer we pay for it. I did get the warranty on this white one but This makes no sense that Microsoft gets away with making defective controllers and bestbuy doesn't even listen to the customer. If you get any controller, get the warranty because you never know when it's going to break. Microsoft only has 6 month warranty on controllers. I'm going to see if I can get my money back and purchase it else where. Good Luck

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Best Controller - Until 90 Day Warranty Expires

    Posted
    Tyrleon
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Xbox One controller was far and away my favorite controller. It was almost as if this controller was made to fit my hands perfectly. Unfortunately, in less than a year the Left Bumper became "mushy" and ultimately completely unreliable in gameplay. Knowing it was out of warranty I opened it up and found that there was this tiny thin plastic ring that kept the button in place. This had failed and since it no longer locked the bumper in place, it was slipping, ever so slightly up or down, resulting in missed presses (not to mention the lack of feeling the feedback "click" when it did work). So I started using a second one that we had bought at the same time. Within a month the exact same problem occurred. Having researched online, the problems with the bumpers is a COMMON build quality issue and after contacting Microsoft, they refused to say anything than towing the "We cannot help if you if it is past the 90 day warranty." I STRONGLY, urge you to look up this problem yourself before buying. Don't take my word for it. I have 4 PS4 controlers and 2 Xbox 360 controllers that are going on as much as 10 years old without a single issue (actually back to using the 360s on my PC), so it seems the common problem is the XBox One build quality and not me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Spongy Triggers and Poor Quality Thumbsticks

    Posted
    Textbook1987
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    I have always liked the design and ergonomics of Xbox controllers, going all the way back to the original Xbox controller "S", the Xbox 360 controller, and now the Xbox One controller. The newest version of the Xbox One wireless controller features built-in Bluetooth for wireless syncing with a PC. This is nice. However, they also redesigned the controller bumpers and the triggers. The bumpers are supposed to be better because the previous design did not let you press down on the top of the bumper / closer to the middle of the controller, you had to press on the outermost edge of the bumper. This new bumper lets you press anywhere on the button. However, the buttons feel less "clicky" and I preferred the old bumpers. It's the same story for the triggers. They feel spongy, they are not as springy as previous versions. These controllers still use the same ALPS analog sensors for the analog thumbsticks, and thus, they are still vulnerable to getting "stick drift". My controllers typically last about 6 months before I start experiencing stick drift, but my most recent controller (this new version) started left stick drfiting in less than 2 months. I would recommend investing in the product replacement plan when purchasing Xbox One controllers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Using this for PC gaming.

    Posted
    Sherm
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    So my pc's build concept was to have minimal cables and accessories connected to the case. As of right now I only have a power cable and display cables for my monitor attached because I've added a wifi/bluetooth dongle... which brings me to the XB1 controller. Previously I had a wireless receiver for the original XB1 controller, and before that a 360 one. The latest iteration of this controller has bluetooth built in, so I no longer need that receiver dongle attached to my comp... and the nice part is that, since I'm using Windows 10, the controller is automatically recognized by the computer when pairing it. Here are the list of this new gen of XB1 controller that I've noticed: -The build quality seems better, originally I had a first gen controller with a semi-faulty dpad, this issue wasn't there for the new controller that I bought. -There is now bluetooth functionality. You can also connect this to your pc via micro usb if you don't have a receiver. -The back of the controller is slightly textured. There are a bunch of little bumps giving it a little more resistance on your hands and providing better grip. Overall I'd rate this controller 5 stars because it looks good, has bluetooth, and updated build quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Some interesting quirks...

    Posted
    Greg
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    I figured this was just another XBox One controller albeit in a different color. This controller seems to be a little different, though, in that it occasionally needs an update. The process is pretty simple and the XBox one handles the process, but this was something I never encountered with any of my other XBox One controllers. I have to wonder what makes this one special. Along those lines, I have noticed since the last update that starting my XBox One with this controller will cause the XBox One to freeze. I cannot confirm yet that it is because of this specific controller, but I had not experienced that problem until after the most recent update for this controller. For what it's worth, the A, B, X, and Y buttons are not color coded in and of themselves. Rather, there is a little color dot off to the side of the respective buttons. Not a huge deal, but I personally would have preferred that the buttons (or maybe the letters themselves) were colored. I did not notice this when initially purchasing the controller, but now that I am aware of it, I find it somewhat annoying. Given these two issues, I would probably recommend that you purchase a different XBox One controller (unless you are absolutely enamored with the color).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An overall improvement

    Posted
    CitizenErased
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    I bought a launch Xbox One and with it came the default controller. It's been a couple of years now and that controller (along with the play & charge cable I use it with) has performed pretty well for the most part. The Xbox One S controller feels like an overall improvement on an already great controller. The 3.5 headphone jack should've been included with the original controller, I think we can all agree on that. I've been enjoying plugging in my headphones to play my xbox games just like I do with my PS4 controllers. The bluetooth connectivity is an added bonus even if some gamers won't ever really utilize it to play PC games. It's a nice option. The downside is that the controller only comes in white, so it'll get dirty a lot more easily than the older black colored models. It also feels heavier but at the same time cheaper than the original models. I will say that the textured grip is a nice touch, but I do feel like the S controller is more fragile. Minor gripes aside however, my new xbox one s controller connected to my launch xbox one model easily and performs really well. No major problems so far, can't go wrong with this upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend